Oxford’s leading sludge metal force DESERT STORM premiere a brand new song “Pain, Grief and Suffering” taken from fifth full-length ‘Omens’, due out this May 1st on APF Records.
After their nearly prophetic “Black Bile” video and bleak second single “The Machine“, DESERT STORM unveil a brand new song called “Pain, Grief and Suffering”. Instantly gripping the listener’s guts with its dantean grooves and frontal riff onslaught, it also shows a whole new aspect of the band’s songwriting, with its piano bridge taking you to emotional peaks… only to crush all hope during its grand and fearsome solo-driven finale.
Stream new single “Pain, Grief and Suffering” here
Frontman Matt Ryan tells us more about this new song: “‘Pain, Grief, and Suffering’ is that place where you are numbed to everything and so disassociated with life that you crave hurt just to feel alive. When you are completely lost, only the hardest emotions can make you feel again.” DESERT STORM recently announced the cancellation of their spring European tour — who included a few festivals appearances including Desertfest London. The band is working on rescheduling all dates, stay tuned for more info.
DESERT STORM New album ‘Omens’, Out on May 1st via APF Records – PREORDER
2018 marks the return of Oxford-based sludge-metal titans DESERT STORM as they prepare to follow the release of 2014’s critically-acclaimed ‘Omniscient’ album with their new opus ‘Sentinels’, confirmed for release this coming March 16th via APF Records.
Recorded with engineer Jamie Dodd (Orange Goblin) at Flesh & Bone Studio’s, Hackney and tracked by Steve ‘Geezer’ Watkins at Woodworm studios (which has also been used by legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi), ‘Sentinels’ is a colossal sounding record, it’s ten tracks punching the listener with an oppressive towering monolithic sound that batters, but never dulls the senses.
“This album is a natural progression from our previous releases,” explains guitarist Ryan Cole. “It has the Desert Storm sound, but has moved in a much harder, darker and heavier direction.”
Today we get to hear the first rumblings from ‘Sentinels’ in the shape of ‘Too Far Gone’, a brutal, pounding powerhouse of a track that tackles the bleak subject of excessive binge drinking. “It’s the paradox of hard liquor being both the cause and the remedy of the sickness,” states vocalist Matt Ryan. “Self destruction and punishment of the body. It’s inspired by the tragic tales of Bon Scott and John Bonham, along with fictional characters Ben Sanderson of Leaving Las Vegas and to a lesser extent, Jim Lahey of Trailer Park Boys. It’s a miserable outcome as our song begins with alcoholism and ends in death.”
Stream ‘Too Far Gone’ here: