Los Angeles-based psychedelic doom metallers ANCESTORS have completed work on their sophomore album, "Of Sound Mind", for an October 6 release via Tee Pee Records.
A taste of what "Of Sound Mind" holds in store can be sampled now as the new ANCESTORS song "Bounty of Age" premieres today via Stereogum. Check it out now at this location.
Formed in 2006, ANCESTORS create mighty, modern music that dovetails innovative arrangement, crushing primordial riff interplay and melodic instrumental passages with textural "metalgaze" atmospherics. Recorded, mixed and mastered at Infrasonic Sound by Pete Lyman (THE MARS VOLTA, BECK, NO AGE), "Of Sound Mind" is an eight-part, hour-long experience that is at once passionate, bold and challenging. Described as "a journey through the past into the future," the album showcases ANCESTORS' ever-evolving musicianship and metrics, which have drawn comparison to NEUROSIS, HAWKWIND, KING CRIMSON, OM and (early) BLACK SABBATH.
Essentially conceptual in nature, "Of Sound Mind" lyrically and thematically contemplates the quandaries of human psychology and its effect on and within the development of modern society. Without absolution or authority, the band's cathartic choruses and thought-provoking prose insight a "thought crusade" with meaningful intent. The follow up to the group's critically acclaimed debut, "Neptune with Fire", "Of Sound Mind" features contributions by notable Los Angeles artists David Scott Stone (MELVINS, UNWOUND, SLUG), Sera Timms (BLACK MATH HORSEMEN) and cellist Ramiro Zapata.
Commented ANCESTORS guitarist/vocalist Justin Maranga: "The new record is definitely a leap forward in the evolution of the band. Although 'Of Sound Mind' is more loosely conceptual than 'Neptune with Fire', the music is tighter than ever. We're truly proud of the album and eager to put it in the hands of the fans." The band's Chico Foley adds, "With much gratitude for all involved, we are excited to release our sophomore record. The record, of which we are immensely proud of, attempts to parallel diversity in songwriting with lyrical premises: popular notions of human psychology — for an all round correlation of ideas."
"Of Sound Mind" track listing:
01. From Nothing
02. Mother Animal
03. Not the Last Return
04. Bounty of Age
05. A Friend
06. The Trial
08. The Ambrose Law
"Of Sound Mind"'s cover art, created by L.A.-based artist Derek Albeck can be viewed below. A new still shot of the quintet, brought to life by photographer Jules Bates, is also available.