Oakland-based dark punk alchemists, Alaric, are pleased to reveal the unsettling visual accompaniment to “Adore.” The track comes by way of the band’s End Of Mirrors full-length, released last month on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Neurot Recordings, and on cassette via Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
The cryptic, mostly black and white clip was created by Lara Miranda and Patricia Cram and is currently playing at Decibel:
End Of Mirrors was captured and mixed by Skot Brown at Kempton House Studios and provides an emotional and deeply physical journey through inky, blackened sonic murk, devoid of all hope. For various End Of Mirrors order bundles visit the Neurot Recordings store.
Decibel dubs End Of Mirrors Alaric’s “best album yet.” No Rip Cord gushes, “Albums this compelling should be on constant rotation.” No Clean Singing notes, “if you are looking for something that is dark, aggressive, and more left-of-center than your typical metal band these days, then this is worth your time,” further elaborating, “Aggression is a key component of their sound; even in the album’s more passive moments, it’s still bubbling under the surface like a serial killer staring at himself in the mirror.” Nine Circle concurs, “End Of Mirrors is a study in all that is great about nearly three decades of largely British driven rock. The darkness, despair and questioning of existence aside, the music is damn catchy and hummable. Simply put, End Of Mirrors is 2016s version of Gold’s No Image — an album that doesn’t fit squarely within the metal genre yet will factor largely in the community’s conversation for years to come.” Cvlt Nation champions, “…a deathrock opera that brilliantly sews together the dusky emotivity of Bauhaus and Christian Death, the punishing and bleak atmospheres of Killing Joke and of the heaviest punk bands, and the desolate and hopeless atmospheres of the most crippling doom,” Abysmal Hymns hails a record that’s, “as heavy sonically as it is aggressive…. While this band might have come into my consciousness when the death rock revival rolled into the inner webs, a song like ‘Angel’ makes it clear that to dismiss this band as death rock is dramatically over simplifying it even at the most morose. The ghostly quality to this song doesn’t make you feel like you are sharing needles in West Hollywood on Halloween night. It is more expansive in the way it haunts you. It’s going to take a few more listens before this slow working drug is fully in my system, but it lives up to the legacy they began…” With End Of Mirrors, Last Rites finds Alaric in their, “darkest, gloomiest condition,” hailing a, “splendid slice of dismal gothic/post-punk/deathrock produced by a band whose members have been entrenched in the punk scene for many years. And lucky for them, they’re delivering some of their strongest material right in the midst of a rabid gothic trend.” Adds The Sleeping Shaman, “Alaric walks a dangerous path on this second full length, gloom and doom is all their sound brings, but in a complex and open way. The sound minimalizes its means only to maximizes its impact. It works out wonderfully. A good one to listen to again…and probably again and again.”
Alaric will bring their disconcerting odes to the stage later this month for stretch of live dates through July 1st. The band will also play a special show with Sabbath Assembly, Atriarch and Esses on July 30th. In August Alaric will perform at Migration Fest along with The Body & Krieg, Full Of Hell, Khemmis, Kowloon Walled City, Magic Circle, Vhol and many others with additional live performances in the plotting stages.
6/11/2016 The Nightlight – Oakland, CA
6/15/2016 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ Ides Of Gemini
6/16/2016 Tiki Bar – Long Beach, CA w/ Deathkings
6/17/2016 Womb Room – Las Vegas, NV
6/18/2016 The Quarry – Bisbee, AZ w/ Scorpion vs Tarantula, The Mission Creeps
6/19/2016 Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM w/ Econarchy
6/20/2016 The Lost Well – Austin, TX w/ Pinkish Black, Thunderkief
6/21/2016 Nutsuoh – Houston, TX w/ Chew, False Punk, KRVSHR
6/22/2016 Three Links – Dallas TX w/ Pinkish Black, Aztec Death
6/23/2016 Opolis – Norman, OK w/ Pinkish Black, Idre
6/24/2016 Hi Dive – Denver, CO w/ Danava, Cloud Catcher, Blood Incarnation
6/25/2016 Fraternal Order Of The Eagles Lodge – Ogden, UT w/ Burn Your World, Northlander, The Wake Of An Arsonist
6/27/2016 Highline – Seattle, WA
6/28/2016 Obsidian – Olympia, WA w/ Dark Palms, Que LaHue
6/29/2016 High Water Mark – Portland, OR
6/30/2016 Starlite Lounge – Sacramento, CA
7/01/2016 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
7/30/2016 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland CA w/ Sabbath Assembly, Atriarch, Esses
8/13/2016 Migration Fest – Olympia, WA
Alaric — featuring within its ranks current and former members of Dead And Gone, Pins Of Light, Noothgrush, Hedersleben and UK Subs — began their voyage in 2008 with an eye toward creating moody and compelling music unlike any other. Beginning with influences from such progenitors as Killing Joke and Christian Death to the darkest, heaviest punk bands and the most epic psychedelia, the band has dedicated itself to creating a singularly shadowy electric guitar-driven music. ALARIC’s previous releases include a debut single Animal/Shadow Of Life (FYBS/ Buried In Hell Records, 2010), a self-titled LP (20 Buck Spin, 2011) and a split 12” LP, with Atriarch (20 Buck Spin, 2012).