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LO-PAN Premieres "Pathfinder" At The Obelisk; Limited-Edition In Tensions EP Nears Release Via Aqualamb Records
[Photo by Dan Roll]
In Tensions is the forthcoming, limited-edition five-song EP
from Columbus, Ohio riff rockers LO-PAN. Their first
release on Brooklyn's Aqualamb Records
(Husbandry, Black Black Black, Godmaker et al), In Tensions marks the next
stage in the band's continuous evolution.
As a precursor to its official unveiling January 13th, today
The Obelisk, who crowns LO-PAN the "best currently active purveyors of
heavy rock in the US,"
is hosting an official premiere of second single, "Pathfinder."
Calling the six-minute closer, "quite simply is the best song LO-PAN have
ever written," the blog further elaborates, "there's really nothing
simple about it, from the sleek and fuzzy bassline from [Skot] Thompson that
opens to the backing volume swells of guitar (is that ebow?) that provide
ambience as [vocalist Jeff] Martin and [drummer Jesse] Bartz kick in for the
verse to the linear build that moves toward an apex as affecting as it is
memorable, shifting after an airy solo circa the four-minute mark to a
concluding movement that takes the energetic shove of 'Long Live the King' and
the crashing gracefulness (yes, both) of 'Alexis' - which actually might be
Martin's boldest performance here - and adds the laser focus that typified
Colossus to finish out with maximum force while still remaining in complete
control of the torrent they're making."
And if you missed it, stream lead single "Go
West," an optimistic, sun-kissed, open highway anthem, RIGHT HERE.
LO-PAN's In Tensions will be released on 10-inch vinyl
limited to 500 copies and accompanied by a one-hundred-page book featuring
artwork by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design as well tour diaries, flyers, and a
complete collection lyrics from the band's previous releases: Sasquanaut,
Salvador, and Colossus. Preorders are currently available at THIS LOCATION.
In Tensions is equal parts modern sludge metal and
'90s-influenced alt rock - synthesized to perfection. Vocalist Jeff Martin has
never sounded more soulful, confident, and passionate on record. The riffs
courtesy of the now former guitarist Adrian Lee Zambrano compliment the tribal
influenced drums of Jesse Bartz and grounding bass lines of Skot Thompson,
pummeling the listener on each repeated listen.
We Love Metal hails a, "serious riff fest,"
further championing LO-PAN's "down and dirty metal style," combined
with, "hints of '90s alternative and maybe some Helmet." Two Guys
Metal Reviews notes, "It's easy to get lost in this album simply because
In Tensions demonstrates the sort of pulse that made records in the '70s so
addictive. It's a sort of constant throb that winds its way through every song
on the album and makes it feel even shorter than its five tracks would suggest.
This is a good thing though - In Tensions rapidly becomes highly addictive, an
album you wrap up and then can't help but want to jam again," while
PureGrainAudio notes of "Long Live The King" specifically, "The
track begins with a fuzzed-out, driving bass line and then a Soundgarden-esque
riff jumps on top of that. Jeff Martin's air-raid siren vocals are showcased in
stride and there's a drum groove that glues everything together."
Recorded in Columbus, Ohio by Joe Viers, with mixings duties
split between Jonathan Nunez (Torche, Shitstorm) and Ryan Haft (Wrong, Capsule)
in Miami, and mastered in Chicago by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee,
Russian Circles), In Tensions is a sonic masterpiece created across multiple
time zones - the fruit of relationships forged through the band's unending
dedication to the life of touring road dogs.
LO-PAN also hit a major touring milestone in 2016, having
logged over 250,000 miles on their original van since 2005 - crossing the
country countless times over on headlining tours and supporting the likes of
Torche, High On Fire, Weedeater, KENmode, Whores, Fu Manchu, Atomic Bitchwax,
Black Cobra, and Bongzilla. Not surprisingly, they've become one of the most
ferocious live acts in American heavy rock as a result.
And with In Tensions, they show no sign of slowing down. A
tour in support of In Tensions is expected this Winter along with a European
tour in the Spring of 2017.