San Francisco Bay Area DIY and darkness-obsessed indie label Sentient Ruin Laboratories is extremely proud and honored to release “Coping With Loss”, the debut album from obscure Virginia-based black metal/punk/industrial noise degenerates AMERICAN.
In a recent exclusive stream of “Decedents”, the second track fromCoping With Loss, Noisey summed up the aural horror: “While it’s got that all-encompassing wash typical of black metal, it only takes you into a world of pain that may not be the escapism you are looking for. Or maybe it is — we don’t discriminate against sadists.”
Cvlt Nation‘s earlier stream of the horrific “Retinere” gushed, “Shit is about to change with the debut tape release from AMERICAN…a very special musical universe unto themselves, where they create sounds that are both living and dead.”
Composed of seven tracks for a total running time of little over forty minutes, Coping With Loss is a frightening voyage within the bleakest depths of the most cruel sonic ruin and auditive annihilation imaginable. This album is an absolute statement in musical perversion, torture, sadism, and complete sonic savagery — an authentic sonic ordeal that draws inspiration from a wide array of influences, spanning from raw crust-infused hardcore punk, to noise and industrial music, to the prodest and most vile moments of traditional black metal. Fans of The Body,Blut Aus Nord, and YAITW will not be disappointed.
AMERICAN are a frightening enigma, one of those musical projects that were birthed at the outskirts of everything, at the very edge of existence, within a remote wasteland of complete anti-human introversion and detachment. Nothing is basically known about the band outside of the fact that it is formed by two obscure and recluse Virginia locals who get together cyclically to craft the meanest, most vile, putrid and desolate blackened cacophony they can materialize from their evil-corroded minds.
No touring or any kind of live activity and the complete reclusiveness of the duo have further enhanced the obscurity that shrouds the band, paving the way for a listening experience of their hideous sonic craft that is absolutely daunting as it howls from depths unknown.
Coping With Loss is OUT NOW on digital and as an extremely limited run of hand numbered cassette tapes bearing beautiful artwork crafted byKevin Gan Yuen of Viraloptic (Viraloptic.com) and Sutekh Hexenfame.