The Los Angeles quartet Division Day are releasing their sophomore full-length Visitation the middle of next month. The 11-song collection was produced by NIN/Beck bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who gave the group a denser, thicker sound. Compositionally, the guys have reinvented themselves as a more maturely dark and focused band than you heard on Beartrap Island. They’re calling the shift “post-industrial blackened romantigaze,” though even with some face paint on the album art, they’re still nowhere close to being mistaken for fellow Californians Xasthur or Leviathan. (Instead, there’s something vaguely MBV about one of the backdrop guitar squeals.) Listen to the newborn Division Day via the album’s lead track “Chalk Lines.”
Division Day – “Chalk Lines” (MP3)
Visitation is out 8/18 via Dangerbird.