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Canada’s Alienatör confront tough issues with hardcore sludge in new album »Regrets« out November 2022

Ontario, Canada based sludge metal band Alienatör will release their second studio album »Regrets« on November 25th, 2022.

Listen to the first single »Blood Red Blood« below!

01. Revisionist History
02. Loss Leader
03. Blood Red Blood
04. Regrets
05. The Priest
06. The Less Dead
07. Flat Earth Society
08. Irreconcilable
09. Your Funeral
10. Wounded Birds
11. Dark Matters

Courtesy of Asher Media Relations:

Alienatör is a sludge metal band from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada that combines punk, hardcore, and noise rock elements into a stripped-down package, full of razor-sharp riffs and memorable hooks. They are gearing up to release their second album »Regrets« this fall and it is chock full of dark themes, ferocious intensity, and raw emotion.

The first single off the album is »Blood Red Blood«, which vocalist/guitarist Brad King outlines: “This one is a real barn burner and one of our first collaborative songwriting efforts. I showed up with the opening riff, which has an odd time signature, that we counted as 9/8 or something wacky. Sean wrote the rest of the music around it. I like the breakdown in the middle a lot, where we trade vocal lines back and forth. It’s a fun one to play live. The lyrics are about the cycle of violence and toxic masculinity. Basically how hurt people hurt people and how what we do to others eventually gets paid back to us in the end. Blood in, blood out.”

Listen to »Blood Red Blood« via its premiere on Bravewords HERE. ​

Alienatör’s previous album was written as a two-piece, but for this new offering, the band consists of vocalist/guitarist Brad King, bassist/vocalist Sean Skillen and Simon Paquette on drums, which has taken their songwriting to the next level. They still have some blistering fast punk-influenced tunes, but they’re branching out and showing their creative depth on songs like »The Priest«, »Irreconcilable« and »Dark Matters«. They delve into gritty topics such as alienation, grief, pain, and disgust at the state of the modern world. Composed during the claustrophobia of the 2020 election and the global pandemic the album channels more rage than its predecessor.

Alienatör started out cobbling bits of different heavy styles together, juxtaposing very fast, thrashy material with slower doomy influences and weird experimentation. Over time, they have forged their own sound which carries a lot of the energy of punk and post-hardcore, with a heavy, abrasive edge and introspective or socially conscious lyrics. They are recommended for fans of Unsane, Melvins, and Neurosis.

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(L to R) Sean Skillen – Bass/Back-up Vocals, Brad King – Guitar/Vocals, Simon Paquette – Drums
Photo Credit: Peter David Wragg

Album recording credits:​
– All songs performed by Alienatör
– Music by Alienatör
– Lyrics by Brad King
– Produced by Sean Skillen
– Mixed by Sean Skillen
– Mastered by Brad Boatright
– Album artwork by Peter David Wragg
– Member of SOCAN
– Canadian Content (MAPL)

Album and live line up:​
Brad King – Vocals, Guitar
Sean Skillen – Bass, Vocals
Simon Paquette – Drums

About: Hailing from Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Alienatör is a sludge metal band that combines punk, hardcore, and noise rock elements into a stripped-down package, full of razor-sharp riffs and memorable hooks.

Their debut album, »Pariahs«, released in 2109 moves from fast and aggressive to slow and swampy with touches of experimental weirdness. Many of the lyrics are about how we numb ourselves to the pain and disappointment of everyday life.

Fast forward to 2022, and the band is ready to unleash their follow-up, entitled »Regrets«, which introduces new drummer Simon Paquette to the fold. The album is bleak and abrasive, with moments of calm, melody, and beauty to juxtapose against the ugliness. Raw, uncompromising, and dark, it is emotionally heavy music that reflects a chaotic time in history.

“Noisy post-hardcore sludge, full of energy and rage… a genuine ass-kicker of a record.” – Decibel

“This band is burly, grimy, and the sonic manifestation of discontent. If it’s motivational music you seek, back away slowly. Alienatör ply their trade in the margins of metal, with elements of sludge, noise rock, hardcore, heavy metal, and crust punk. Listeners of Pariahs, the band’s debut full-length, will hear shades of Unsane, Red Fang, Cursed, Kvelertak, Acid Bath, and Cancer Bats, among other guitar-heavy acts by whom sophistication and polish are eschewed.” – Lambgoat

“»Pariahs« shows Alienatör firing all of their creative cylinders and marks a multifaceted, all-consuming sludge opera delivered with convincing force and accents.” – Idioteq

“Gritty, high-octane sludge…” – Metal Trenches

“From beginning to end Alienatör offers up a truly murky, chunky yet noise filled sound that tears at your ear drums, but in the best possible way. Each track is a madhouse of artery stopping, head banging sludge and noise rock that you cannot simply turn away from.” – Cadaver Garden

“Alienatör are miserable and they’d like you to join them.” – Lambgoat

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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