|San Francisco’s progressive metallers LOWCASTER are streaming their haunting new album ‘Flames Arise’ in full exclusively via Everything Is Noise today, before its official release on October 25th through Ripple Music.
“No matter where you are in the tracklist, Lowcaster wield an immovable energy, replete and endlessly stoked. (…) One thing that’s never sacrificed for heaviness’ sake is a profound emotionality at the core of it all. There’s mournful moments that will rend your heart in two just as their are celebratory moments of overcoming adversity. I get a keen sense of rebirth from this record, perhaps more plainly telegraphed by the album’s title.” describe Everything Is Noise.
take you on an intrepid ride through the heavy metal ages! Wild and flamboyant, ‘Flames Arise’ embraces an infinite love for old school heavy and crying guitars. You will get instantly hooked on its perfect blend of spine-shivering ballads and epic, progressive anthems. In between two hulkean blows, ghostly appearances from guest vocalist Susie McMullan (Brume) brilliantly add to the overall feeling of infinity and greatness provided by ‘Flames Arise’.
The Bay Area foursome proves to be worthy of the greatest metal acts, crafting a picturesque brand of heavy that is thrilling, legendary and fiercely rock’n’roll all at once! ‘Flames Arise’ was recorded at Sharkbite Studio in Oakland (USA), mixed by Jason Bridges and mastered by James Plotkin. Album artwork was designed by Nicole Momaney at Spirited Animals.
LOWCASTER “Flames Arise”
Out October 25th on Ripple Music
Like an ancient, old-growth redwood, alone in a field of industrial decimation, LOWCASTER is one of the few heavy acts left standing in San Francisco’s deforested metal scene. Formed in 2015, their branches reach out in all directions, from thrash to post-metal, from doom to psyche. Their massive, raw sound is nourished by the deepest dirt-encrusted roots of Bay Area underground music. By the end of 2016, the band had played relentlessly throughout the Bay Area and self-released their first full length album, The Vapor Sea.
Two years of tragedy and loss transformed the fertile ground beneath their feet to a morass of toxic sludge. Beset by death, the Bay Area quartet battled through cavernous tombs flooded by despair, and have now emerged from the ‘Vapor Sea’ to take flight on torched wings. Serious writing and recording transformed the wasteland of these two years into LOWCASTER’s second full length, ‘Flames Arise’. Sonically, they are now reaching beyond the redwood canopy. The sophomore release is as much a dirge as it is a battle cry. Yet, high above the crest the band’s sights aim skyward, arms outstretched toward vistas mystical, melodic, and undeniably metal.
Jason Bridges – Guitar & Vocals
Marc Brandi – Guitar & Vocals
Dean LaVoie – Drums
Dave Silva – Bass