German doom/sludge metal quartet Confusion Master share a music video for the lead single »Viking X« taken from their sophomore full-length album, »Haunted«, set to release on November 19th, 2021 via Exile On Mainstream.
01. Viking X
02. The Cannibal County Maniac
03. Casket Down
04. Jaw On A Hook
05. Haunted (digital/CD/limited fan’s edition bonus track)
06. Under The Sign Of The Reptile Master (digital/limited fan’s edition bonus track)
Recorded by Lutz Baumann and mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn O))), Pelican).
Courtesy of Earsplit PR:
Metal Injection is hosting the exclusive premiere of German doom/sludge metal quartet Confusion Master’s new video for the mammoth »Viking X«. The song serves as the new single from the band’s impending second LP, »Haunted«, set for November release through Exile On Mainstream.
»Haunted« was recorded during the encompassing Winter desolation of 2020, captured by Lutz Baumann at various live sessions in multiple rooms and practice studios, after which it was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Sunn O))), Pelican). Clearly not to be mistaken for a love and peace affair but channeling hardcore anger in its purity, the result is a bonafide gain in horror cosmic doom with a strong Lovecraftian existential swirl, as reflected in the stunning cover illustration by Antonio Ilievsky/Pig Hands. Fans of Sleep, Ufomammut, Electric Wizard, Yob, Goatsnake, and Black Shape Of Nexus should not miss Confusion Master.
The lead track on »Haunted«, »Viking X« is a thundering, groove heavy, ten-and-a-half-minute movement that encompasses the Confusion Master sound, the band offering with the release of its video, “The layers of human condition rightly placed anger against evil. Those of us who choose differently never surrender.”
Photo by Steffi Arndt
Writes Metal Injection with the video’s public debut, “German doom quartet Confusion Master will release their crushing new album »Haunted« on November 19th. The band is now streaming their massive sludge opus »Viking X«, whose riffs should please any Ufomammut or Electric Wizard fan, alongside an equally lengthy video done by Turtlemessiah.”
»Haunted« will see release through Exile On Mainstream on November 19th through all digital services as well as 12” vinyl, with a bundled CD which features one bonus track not on the vinyl. Additionally, two limited fan editions of the album will also be released, each including with special pressing/packaging attributes, additional bonus material and merch, and a cassette release, Live At Fusion Festival.
Find preorders for all physical editions of Confusion Master’s »Haunted« RIGHT HERE.
Confusion Master recently announced record release tour dates, with five shows across Germany between November 12th and 27th. Additional live updates and more will be announced over the months ahead.
Confusion Master Record Release Tour:
11/12/2021 Tiefgrund – Berlin, DE w/ Treedeon, Ursular
11/18/2021 MS Stubnitz – Hamburg, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels
11/19/2021 Bunker – Rostock, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels
11/2012021 Klex – Greifswald, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels
11/27/2021 Huenermanhattan – Halle/Saale, DE w/ Bad Luck Rides On Wheels, Wheel
Uniting four musicians drawn together from across varied punk and metal circuits, unified through their shared love for sound, misanthropy, DIY values, and vintage gear, the members of Confusion Master have earned merits in underground stalwart outfits such as Cyness, Wojczech, Bad Luck Rides On Wheels, and Aequatorkaelte. Their debut album, Awaken, was released through Exile On Mainstream in 2018, and having earned raving feedback from the international doom and stoner rock crowd, the group proved itself as a veritable touring machine. They provided support for Like Rats, Dopethrone, Crowskin, Bongzilla, Beehoover, and labelmates Black Shape Of Nexus, while conquering the 2019 edition of the mighty Roadburn Festival, all in one strike. Now it’s time for the next chapter.
After excessive touring on their debut album, Confusion Master again exchanged daylight for practice room jams exhaustingly and crafted four new tracks rooted in thundering groove, odd percussion breaks, and psychedelic swing. The Baltic Sea-based quartet once again delivers a crushing blow with forty-one minutes of raging intensity for your turntable, reminding you that the dead cannot die while they are still hungry.
Confusion Master is:
Mathias Klein – Bass
Stephan Gottwald – Drums
Gunnar Arndt – Guitars/Effects
Stephan Kurth – Guitars/Effects/Vocals