Ghost Cult Magazine is now streaming Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I, the first in a five-album concept series from New York’s GRIDFAILURE, as the record is prepared to see release through Nefarious Industries this Friday. The outfit has also announced its first mini-tour, booking a run of May tour dates with Zud on Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2.
Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I delivers over fifty-two minutes of GRIDFAILURE’s cavernous effects-drenched terror, merging elements of harsh industrial, diseased world music, suffocating drone, and cinematic horror. Elements of the record were written in times of blackout during Superstorm Sandy, many other elements were recorded outdoors in extreme weather events. Conceived, written, executed, recorded, mixed, and completed with art by GRIDFAILURE‘s David Brenner, Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I also features contributions from Joy Von Spain (Eye Of Nix, To End It All), Pete Tsakiris, Greg Meisenberg (A Fucking Elephant, Maid Myriad), Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe, Gridfailure live), BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot), and Christopher Henry (Humans Etcetera, Fuck Your Birthday). The album was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Kool Keith, Krieg, Thetan).
With the full album streaming early, Ghost Cult declares, “GRIDFAILURE makes brutal, ugly psalms for people gravitating to the seedy underbelly of the heavy-weird musical landscape. Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I marks the first of five new albums, a series of concept records serving as a lit match to the gasoline-drenched house of cards that is our borrowed-time of life on Earth.”
Hear GRIDFAILURE’s Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I at Ghost Cult at THIS LOCATION.
Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I will see release on February 15th through Nefarious Industries, who will also release the other titles in the series. Find digital preorders at Bandcamp HERE.
Watch for videos from the album in the days ahead, and info on the next installment in the series will be posted shortly.
GRIDFAILURE’s collaborative albums with Walking Bombs and Fyrhtu will also be released in the next several months, with many more recordings and releases to come out this year as the outfit marks its third year in existence. Download a free live improv album and more at Bandcamp HERE and subscribe to YouTube for constant visual madness HERE.
Having taken the act live in 2018, GRIDFAILURE has booked its first mini-tour, once again playing with their companions in Maine’s blackened sleaze metal lords Zud. One year from the first installment of the tour when the bands played several shows together, Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 plays through Manchester, Kingston, Harrisburg, and Washington May 1st through 4th, with Voarm and more set to play some of the shows. Watch for new live actions to be announced in the weeks ahead.
GRIDFAILURE Springtime In The Abyss Pt. 2 w/ Zud:
5/01/2019 The Bungalow Bar & Grill – Manchester, NH
5/02/2019 Tubby’s – Kingston, NY
5/03/2019 J. B. Lovecraft’s Micropub – Harrisburg, PA w/ Voarm
5/04/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC w/ Voarm, Radamanthys [info]
GRIDFAILURE’s Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery concept series depicts a grim, rapidly-approaching reality. The series’ five titles culminate tales of nature’s decimating wrath in response to humanity’s provocation, and the effects on our civilization. The series will include Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I, II, and III, and will culminate with the two massive albums Teeth Collection and Drought Stick, which document random stories from the final days of the human species.
As resources are depleted, so are morals, and as monolithic storms ravage the planet, neighbors turn on one another, and once war and uprising decimate the population, survivors are left to slaughter for survival in a diseased and polluted wasteland aftermath. Sources of uncontaminated energy, food, and water are scarce on the grim sphere, and the species’ reliance on technology has left most humans helpless to do anything but wait to be pillaged and consumed by marauding outlander factions or simply perish in the unforgiving climate. Themes of cannibalism, disease, delirium, revenge, scourge, warfare, and general underhandedness are written from haphazard points of view within the withering human race in the multi-release series, which infuse heavy elements of tribal/and percussion with post-industrial and mechanical beats resembling a biomechanical hybrid, deploying a communal aura of woe and rage.