Official press release:
Experimental doom trio, Eight Bells, will release their sophomore full-length this Winter via Battleground Records. Titled Landless and featuring new recruit, Rae Amitay (Immortal Bird, Thrawsunblat) at the drum helm, the record is currently in its tracking stages under the watchful ear of legendary producer/engineer, Billy Anderson (Agalloch, Tragedy, Demon Lung, Ommadon, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth et al) and offers a definitive evolution of Eight Bells’ eclectic sound.
In conjunction with the release of Landless, Eight Bells will serve as direct support to Voivod and Vektor on their Northeastern US Winter tour with dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
Eight Bells was forged in 2010 by Melynda Jackson (SubArachnoid Space) and began as a songwriting collaboration with jazz-trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner and drummer Chris Van Huffel. Based in Portland, Oregon, Eight Bells explores dark sonic realms with a blackened dissonance combined with ethereal and haunting female vocals.
Landless is the follow-up to the band’s critically-lauded debut full-length, The Captain’s Daughter, recorded by Billy Anderson and issued in 2013 via Seventh Rule and on vinyl by The Flenser. Steel For Brains applauded the record calling it, “a damn near perfect concoction of black metal atmosphere with the spiraling aesthetic of progressive rock at its most unpredictable…,” The Willamette Weekly crowned it, “sleek, substantive, and inspired,” while Exclaim gushed, “Almost Victorian in its elegance and graceful complication, Eight Bells have created a masterpiece that is part clockwork, part cameo and a little bit mad.” Iron Hops agreed hailing a, “complex and genre-bending masterpiece.” Added This Is Not A Scene “Eight Bells layer emotional sound upon experimental anguish, and come through the other side somewhat intact… in the physical sense at least. Join them for this tumultuous journey on the desperate waves…”
Landless will be released on vinyl/digital formats via Battleground Records in February 2016 and on tape via Tartarus Records with further info to be disclosed in the coming weeks.