John Pettibone is one of those guys whose work I’d always meant to check out, ever since I heard his name mentioned almost reverently during the closing of Botch‘s final performance – recorded and released as 061502 – lauded as a good friend, and member of the bands Himsa and Undertow (and having provided guest vocals for them at one point).

Well blow me if I haven’t already without realising; I’d completely forgotten that I’d heard some of his work with current band Heiress until I read the press release:

“Heiress is comprised of former members of Botch, Himsa, Undertow, Jough Dawn Baker, Harbinger, and Pistols At Dusk. A well worn five piece hailing from the Pacific Northwest, they play a brand of dissonant post metal infused with a cold, hardcore heart.

“Naysayer b/w Just Throats” features two brand new exclusive Heiress songs and picks up where their split with Narrows left off. Both songs are grim, dark, and ominous post everything musical explorations. “Naysayer” falls into a downward spiral of aggressive percussion before plodding forth with a warhorse like pace. While the b-side “Just Throats” navigates emotionally melodic waters, showing the sonic diversity that is Heiress at their most powerful.

There’s no question, “Naysayer b/w Just Throats” is a stunning release. A stark place holder to hold you over the fall and winter months, as Heiress will unleash their debut album “Early Frost” in 2012 on Deathwish.”

Deathwish have always had an excellent eye for talent, which should be a good indicator of quality, but they’ve just released a track for streaming from the upcoming EP Naysayer b/w Just Throats.

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I first heard Heiress on the above mentioend split with Narrows, who are another Botch successor band – featuring vocalist Dave Verellen – and I seem to remember it being fairly accomplished, so this should hopefully please a few of you too as it did me.

If that weren’t enough, the band are working towards an album as well called Early Frost, which will hopefully be released sometime next year.

– CG

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