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Swiss doom/post-metal outfit Tar Pond presents their sophomore full-length album »Petrol«, out now via Prophecy Productions

Swiss doom/post-metal outfit Tar Pond presents their sophomore full-length album, »Petrol«, which was just released on September 15th, 2023 via Prophecy Productions.

01. Bomb
02. Blind
03. Slave
04. Something
05. Dirt

Courtesy of Prophecy Productions:

Swiss doom visionaries Tar Pond’s new album »Petrol« plus a reissue of their debut »Protocol Of Constant Sadness« out September 15, 2023 on CD and vinyl.

Get both here:

Tar Pond’s second full-length »Petrol« is clearly drawing inspiration from US doom classics such as Saint Vitus as way as going all the way back to the British roots embodied by Black Sabbath. There are also moments that connect Tar Pond with contemporary doom acts such as Electric Wizard and Acid Bath. At the same time, Tar Pond also exemplify the stubborn streak of Swiss metal that displays a fierce individuality and creative independence as outstanding acts such as Celtic Frost, Coroner, and Zeal & Ardor easily attest.

Going back to the crossroads of time, everything seemed to change when Martin Ain, bass player of the iconic Celtic Frost and one of the founding members of Tar Pond passed away in October 2017. Before this tragic day, the Swiss legend had already recorded the debut album together with the other founding members, the former Coroner drummer and lyricist Marky Edelmann, and the renowned scratchboard artist and vocalist Thomas Ott. After a long time of intense deliberation, Tar Pond decided to continue as a band and to release the debut under the title »Protocol Of Constant Sadness«. This album was originally written and recorded in 2016/17 under the guidance of producer and guitar-legend Tommy Vetterli of Coroner fame. Inspired by the enthusiastic reception of »Protocol Of Constant Sadness«, Tar Pond again joined forces with Tommy Vetterli at the New Sound Studio to record »Petrol«.

Due to changes in the line-up, »Petrol« is a collaboration of old and new band members throughout different times. Despite these circumstances, the second album appears to be coherent and focused on Tar Pond’s declared aim to deliver a soundtrack of brutality and an electric protocol of constant sadness. And while the Swiss filed their debut under the description ‘Doom’n’Gloom’, their sound has also been described as a combination of doom and post-metal. With »Petrol«, Tar Pond fulfil their original promise: this album is a beautiful soundtrack of darkness and sorrow.

Tar Pond is:
Thomas Ott – Vocals
Stefano Mauriello – Guitar
Daniele Merico – Guitar
Christopher Perez – Bass
Marquis Marky – Drums

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

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