Haunting The Chapel

Tombs – “To Cross The Land” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn trio Tombs is a quintessentially New York band, one that couldn’t be from anywhere else. The feeling’s reminiscent of Swans, the way Gira’s sound is married and inextricably linked to the crumbling Manhattan where it was birthed. In the case of Tombs, there’s the take-no-shit vocalist/guitarist Mike Hill, and a rhythm section that play like they’re backing him in a brawl, as well as their increasingly ambitious, no-time-for-sleep (but always true to form/self) blending of this city’s and others cities’ styles (noise-rock, blackened metal, hardcore, sludge, post-punk) that link them so intensely to the place in my mind. Path Of Totality feels bigger and more spacious than Winter Hours (and the earlier EPs), but if you listen back, you’ll hear all the seeds that blossom (darkly) in this updated, still-suffocating sound. The 12-song collection was recorded by John Congleton (Baroness, Explosions in the Sky, St. Vincent. Black Mountain, Modest Mouse, etc.). He did a good job. Take a listen to one of the standouts, “To Cross The Land,” and skip your morning coffee.

Tombs – “To Cross The Land”

Path Of Totality is out 6/7 via Relapse. Thomas Hooper did the cover art. You can pre-order it now. Or, take a listen to “Silent World” at NPR and “Vermillion” at the band’s Facebook. The official album release party takes place 6/9 at the Studio @ Webster Hall w/ A Storm Of Light and Panzer Bastard, etc. The complete tour itinerary:

06/08 – Allston, MA @ Great Scotts
06/09 – New York, NY @ The Studio @ Webster Hall (Release Party)
06/10 – Montreal, QC @ Katakombes
06/11 – Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dee’s
06/12 – Hamtramack, MI @ Smalls
06/13 – Chicago, IL @ Panchos
06/14 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
06/15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory

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