As Minneapolis-based metallic hardcore/grindcore outfit WANDERER prepares for the June release of the debut LP, Liberation From A Brutalist Existence, Cvlt Nation is hosting a video premiere of the album’s opening track “Marionette.”
WANDERER is extremely excited to finally release a record that saw many delays due to the global pandemic. Delivering ten caustic tracks in just over twenty-three minutes, the lyrics discuss topics such as escapism, suicide, self-reflection, the concept of beauty, and existential trauma.
Liberation From A Brutalist Existence was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording (Sunless, Blue Ox, Void Omnia) with additional vocal tracking by Jeff Nicholas. The front cover artwork was created by Azeta Azadpour and the back cover art by Caleb Butcher, and the layout/design was handled by Morgan Carpenter. The record also features guest vocals from Sanjeev Mishra on “Marionette,” Mollie Piatetsky on “Simone,” and former vocalist Brandon Carrigan on “Contented,” as well as producer Adam Tucker providing auxiliary percussion on “Simone.”
With the “Marionette” premiere, guitarist “Brent Ericson reveals, “This song is a microcosm of what WANDERER is as a band, and that’s why it’s the first song on the record. It’s got speed, agility, dark-but-relatable lyrics, and a crushing breakdown. Sanjeev Mishra, the guest vocalist on this track, adds a unique element to the song and the change from Dan’s vocals to Sanjeev’s and back really makes that part pop so much and makes it feel amazing to play. This song hits hard and doesn’t let up til the end, a perfect opener to the record.”
Cvlt Nation writes, “The puppetmaster has many tools to keep you tethered to the existence he wants for you because it keeps you safely dull, distracted, and desperate. Look for ways to free yourself and listen to WANDERER while you’re at it!”
Watch WANDERER’s new “Marionette” video first only at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.
Liberation From A Brutalist Existence will see release on June 18th on LP through Entelodon Records, on cassette via Bad Mouth Recordings, and digitally through the band. Find preorders HERE and see the previously issued “Contented” video HERE.
Formed in late 2013, WANDERER deploys a caustic blend of d-beat-inspired hardcore/grind, drawing influences from bands like Converge, Cursed, The Chariot, Trap Them, Baptists, and Yautja, among others, the band creates a maelstrom of heavy, agile, and uncompromising metal/hardcore. Having toured the US in support of their previous four EPs including 2016’s Gloom Daze, released by Tilde Records, as well as having opened for bands such as The Body, Birds In Row, and Power Trip, WANDERER released five new songs in the form of an EP, Abandoned, in 2018. After more touring throughout the US and playing shows with Vein, Full Of Hell, Harvest, and more, as well as a Midwest run with Closet Witch, the band entered the studio in August of 2019 to record their debut full-length album with new vocalist Dan Lee.
Watch for additional videos from the album and more to be issued over the weeks ahead.