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Old Iron premiere a music video for the track »Planetesimal« from their split 12” with Verdun

US doom/sludge metal trio Old Iron (featuring former members of Heiress, Kid Congo Powers’ band, etc.) premiere a music video for the track »Planetesimal« from their split 12” with French doom/hardcore band Verdun, which will be released on February 25th, 2022 via Satanik Royalty Records.

Video was shot, directed and edited by Willian Quinby.

01. Old Iron – Planetesimal
02. Old Iron – Strix Nebulosa
03. Verdun – Narconaut
04. Verdun – Dawn Of The Angry (Morbid Angel cover)

Courtesy of Earsplit PR:

Seattle, Washington-based sludge bringers Old Iron today unveil a brand new video for »Planetesimal«. Now playing at BrooklynVegan, the track comes by way of the band’s split 12” with Montpellier, France’s doom/hardcore practitioners Verdun. Initially released in Europe last Fall, the four-track offering will see release in the US via Satanik Royalty Records February 25th!

Notes Old Iron of the track, “»Planetesimal« places the listener in a forbidding pocket of space surrounded by primordial chaos. Particles of dust are smashed together by incomprehensible cosmic forces with violent results. The woods still aren’t safe!”

Photo by Matt Koroulis

Old Iron aspires to weave sprawling psychedelic sludge tapestries. Jerad Shealey (The Helm, Heiress) and Jesse Roberts (Sandrider, Kid Congo Powers, The Ruby Doe) started writing music with original drummer Brandon Ramses during 2011 with the goal of getting loud, heavy, and weird. Later that year their first self-released full-length »Cordyceps« (2012) was recorded in Jesse’s basement. Current drummer, Trent McIntyre joined the ranks soon after. With McIntyre in the equation their second record came into focus. With Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Botch) at the engineering helm, »Lupus Metallorum« (2016) was recorded at The Red Room in Seattle and released on Good To Die Records in 2016. Shealey crossed paths with Florien of Verdun while touring with Kid Congo Powers and a lasting friendship was born. They kept in touch and eventually the idea of a split came up and the rest is history.

Old Iron is:
Jesse Roberts – Guitar, Vocals, Vibraphone
Jerad Shealey – Bass, Vocals, Percussion
Trent McIntyre – Drums, Percussion

Photo by Emmanuel Saldana

Forged in 2010, Verdun made a name in the realm of slow and heavy music on the basis of a simple three-track demo, leaving a strong impression on every witness of the band’s thunderous live shows. The band has since released two full-lengths: »The Eternal Drift’s Canticles« (2016) and »Astral Sabbath« (2019). Far from simple amplifier worship, the band excels at tinting their sludge/doom roots with metallic hardcore toughness, burden-of-the-world melodies and charismatic vocals, switching between echoed screams from outer space, spoken words or mournful clean vocals. Verdun develops its hybrid doom/hardcore through a composition of new track »Narconaut« and a very personal rendition of Morbid Angel’s classic »Dawn Of The Angry«.

Verdun is:
Geraud Jonquet – Drums
Florien Celdran – Bass
Jay Pinelli – Guitars
David Sadok – Vocals
Additional Musicians:
Said Merqi – Guitar solo on »Dawn Of The Angry«
Benjamin Hameau – Noise on »Dawn Of The Angry«

The split will be released via Satanik Royalty on vinyl (clear and orange smoke) and is available for pre-order HERE. Find digital pre-orders at THIS LOCATION.

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

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