Pitchfork are now streaming a brand-new track from San Francisco blackened heavy metal band CORMORANT. The song comes off their upcoming full-length, Dwellings (due out December 6th) and can be heard here: http://pitchfork.com/
Editor Brandon Stosuy commented that “it’s interesting– and invigorating– that such a polished collection of intelligent blackened progressive metal’s going it without a proper label,” and the band’s DIY approach has netted them considerable respect and praise from a host of other respectable media outlets, as well as from fans and music lovers worldwide. Check out NPR for another new CORMORANT cut, alongside an in-depth interview with vocalist/bassist/lyricist Arthur von Nagel…”Music is simultaneously a liberation and a manipulation”: www.npr.
CORMORANT revealed the album artwork for their upcoming album Dwellings, to be released December 6th, 2011. The Dwellings cover was created by British artist Alice Duke, based on a design concept by the band. The unearthly, beautifully intricate album art will be printed vertically across a six-panel matte-finish Digipak containing a lush booklet of lyrics and liner notes.
The band is offering limited special edition pre-order bundles for the new full-length album, which include a signed poster of the artwork and never-before released demos and jams. In addition, pre-order buyers will be thanked by name in the Dwellings CD booklet. Both the album art and the pre-order bundles can be viewed from the band’s online merch store:
CORMORANT formed in 2007 as a trio consisting of guitarist Nick Cohon, drummer Brennan Kunkel and vocalist/bassist Arthur von Nagel, recording a 3-song demo and their The Last Tree EP that very same year. With the addition of seasoned six-stringer Matt Solis in 2008, the band dove into the writing and recording of their full-length debut Metazoa, tracked and mixed by legendary producer Billy Anderson (EYEHATEGOD, MELVINS, MR. BUNGLE, NEUROSIS PRIMORDIAL, SLEEP). The album launched to overwhelmingly positive reviews, earning them an “Unsigned Talent of the Year” nod from the readers of UltimateGuitar.com and a string of successful shows alongside the likes of JELLO BIAFRA AND THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, PRIMORDIAL, GIANT SQUID, MOONSORROW, WOE, VELNIAS, GRAYCEON, WITHERED, BLACK COBRA, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, SUIDAKRA, WOODS OF YPRES, HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE, HELMS ALEE and SLOUGH FEG. With the imminent release of their new album Dwellings, CORMORANT are poised to continue their rise as one of the most exciting and original independent bands in metal.