Canada’s Alienatör look at current events through hardcore sludge in »The Less Dead«; new album »Regrets« out now!
Photo by Peter David Wragg
Canadian sludge metal trio Alienatör premiere a brand new music video for the track »The Less Dead« from their latest studio album, »Regrets«, released on November 25th, 2022.
Video directed by Peter David Wragg.
01. Revisionist History
02. Loss Leader
03. Blood Red Blood
05. The Priest
06. The Less Dead
07. Flat Earth Society
09. Your Funeral
10. Wounded Birds
11. Dark Matters
Courtesy of Asher Media Relations:
Alienatör is a sludge metal band from Ontario, Canada that combines punk, hardcore, and noise rock elements into a stripped-down package, full of razor-sharp riffs and memorable hooks. They have recently released their second album, »Regrets«, which is a grim postcard from the depths of the human psyche. Their darkest release yet, it is a reaction to years of deep political turmoil, the erosion of truth, as well as personal politics of grief, loss, and struggle. It’s an album that touches on personal and social themes. Flourishes of melody drenched in a caustic sludge, painted in shades of black. The music video for »The Less Dead« gives a glimpse of the band performing live, channeling all their energy and passion into their art.
They describe the theme behind the song:”The “less dead” is a term for those that are considered less of a priority for police investigations and therefore are easy victims for predators – sex workers, people of color, the poor, etc. Written before the George Floyd murder but certainly reinforced by it. The closest to a straight-ahead punk song on the album. Simon’s tom work in the bridge really elevates it.”
The video for »The Less Dead« can be viewed via its premiere on Decibel Magazine HERE.
Alienatör started out very sludgy but as they mature they are cobbling bits of different heavy styles together, juxtaposing very fast, thrashy stuff with slower doomy stuff. They slowly forged their own sound which carries a lot of the energy of punk and post-hardcore but still has a heavy edge.
»Regrets« is bleak and abrasive but with moments of calm, melody, and beauty to juxtapose against the ugliness. It is dark, cathartic and explores personal themes of discontent, racism, and abuse of power in Canada and the erosion of truth we’ve seen in modern times. It is recommended for fans of Jesus Lizard, Unsane, and Melvins.
»Regrets« available on Spotify, Bandcamp (CD).
Previous music videos can be seen on the band’s YouTube here.
Album and live line up:
Brad King – Vocals, Guitar
Sean Skillen – Bass, Vocals
Simon Paquette – Drums
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