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SLUDGE LORDS NORTH TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM 'LIGHT THE WAY' ON MARCH 18
Arizona trio confirmed to support Intronaut on spring tour; Tucson record release show announced
In the decade-plus they’ve been a band, the Tucson, Ariz.-based trio NORTH
has ebbed and flowed their way into becoming one of the most respected
outfits in the underground metal scene. Despite a series of lineup
changes and personal setbacks, NORTH has returned stronger and more focused than ever on their debut full-length release for Prosthetic Records, "Light The Way."
week prior to the album's March 18 worldwide release, the band will
play a hometown record release show at Tucson's Club Congress before
embarking on a North American jaunt with Intronaut. A full listing of
dates can be found listed below. Tickets are available via https://www.facebook.com/NorthAZ/.
Originally starting off in 2005 as an instrumental act, NORTH has
continued to push the boundaries of the heavier side of post-rock.
Formed by Evan Leek (bass) and Zack Hansen (drums) and rounded out by
guitarists Ty Engle and Matt Mutterperl, the band’s first recordings
were done in Hansen’s bedroom and self-released. With their debut 2006
EP "Siberia," they soon made a name for themselves in the Arizona scene,
supporting others in the genre such as Caspian, Tera Melos and This
Will Destroy You on those bands’ southwestern tour stops.
the group decided to expand the sound of the band, adding vocals on
2008’s "What You Were," which was met with critical acclaim and expanded
touring throughout the U.S. When it came time for the band to begin
work on their next record, numerous line-up changes occurred. Writing
stopped, started, stopped again and at times the band wondered if it
would ever restart again. Amazingly enough, this turmoil produced their
best material to date. "The Great Silence," released in the summer of
2012, was a compelling fusion of post-rock and metal and garnered their
finest reviews yet. The band toured for a year to support the album, but
after two members left the group, NORTH once again questioned its future.
three remaining members, Leek, Hansen and Mutterperl, regrouped and sat
down to write for the first time as a three-piece and found the
chemistry the best it had ever been. Four tracks came together quickly,
which was released as the "Metanoia" EP, and the guys did what they do
best: play live. There seemed to be a genuine rebirth in the band as
they embarked their most extensive touring to date. It was shortly after
this that the group signed to Prosthetic Records – which reissued
"Metanoia" and "Siberia" last year – and quickly began working on new
material, not wanting to lose the momentum they were feeling. The
two-track single, "Through Raven’s Eyes," recorded in early 2015, saw
the band at possibly its darkest and heaviest, musically speaking. Now,
with "Light The Way," NORTH begins a new chapter – one that kicks off with the highest-profile shows of the band's career.