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UNDERER is the solo project of avant-garde multi-instrumentalist and recording artist Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik), and was conceived in 2016 as an escape from the mentality of writing and performing in a collaborative setting. While the music of UNDERER explores a markedly minimal sound palette and writing style, Shellenberger’s compositions are meticulously crafted with the rhythmical chaos, creepy electronics, and volatile dynamics he has refined throughout his experimental career.
UNDERER’s debut LP, The Code, brings together the precision of programmed drums with the experimentation of free and improvised composition, telling a harrowing tale over the course of seven acutely distressing tracks. Capturing a slice of time during a period of a few months in the summer of 2017, The Code was initially programmed in Shellenberger’s home studio and then finished with Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves. Available June 2020 via Nefarious Industries.
04 Friendly Son
06 The Nothing
07 Miniature Jimmon
All music and lyrics written and “performed” by Nick Shellenberger
Cymbals on “Marlin” by Colin Marston
Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth the Thousand Caves
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“With the most unceremonious title of any track released in 2020, Heavy Blog presents “Steven”, one of the most bizarre and satisfying tracks to come from UNDERER‘s debut LP The Code. UNDERER – the brainchild of one Nick Shellenberger (Cleric, Shardik) – belongs in a grey area between any genre tag currently trending on Bandcamp. Dissonant, distressing, and damned enjoyable […] “Steven” is a little dangerous, but a lot desirable, especially for anyone patiently waiting for that Genghis Tron update.” – Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“Everything is structured supremely tightly, whether it be sub one-minute grind blasts like opener “1:19” or more progressive explorations in to avant garde noise manipulation such as my fave track on the record “Steven”. […] It’s unhinged, for sure, yet at the heart of the madness Shellenberger’s compositional smarts hold everything together to create something strangely pleasing to the ear.” – Sentinel Daily