Lord Dying, a band who should have been on my radar last year when they first released the stoned out and groovy Summon The Faithless, aren’t wasting any time. Less than a year after releasing their debut on Relapse Records, they’ve already prepared a follow-up, and have entered the studio with Toxic Holocaust main man Joel Grind in Portland’s Audioseige Studios. Today marks their ninth day in the studio (they’ve been with Joel since May 5th), and as you can see from the above image, they’re just about done with tracking.
This is some interesting news! Summon the Faithless was recorded by prolific producer and engineer Sanford Parker, known for producing numerous US black metal and doom bands, including Nachtmystium, Cough, Indian, Rwake, and… apparently Wovenhand (which actually explains a lot). This likely contributed greatly to the album’s hazy atmosphere and patently stoner/sludge sound.
With Joel Grind at the helm, we could be looking at markedly different aesthetics. Perhaps I’m just reading too much into it, but both producers seem to have a sound that is uniquely theirs. Niche genres have their own go-to-guys, and Joel wouldn’t be my first idea for production on a Lord Dying record. Not that Joel Grind isn’t capable — he certainly is! — but when I think of him, I think of black metal, grind, punk, and thrash. Crusty stuff, you know?
Should be interesting, assuming Grind allows himself to leave his mark on Lord Dying. It isn’t completely uncharacteristic of the group, anyhow; they borrow a lot from High on Fire, and it’s not like they’re a lumbering doom drone outfit. At any rate, we’re gonna be getting an excellent sounding record.
Be on the lookout for the new Lord Dying later this year via Relapse Records.