Combining punk, hardcore, sludge metal, and noise rock elements into a stripped-down package, full of razor-sharp riffs and memorable hooks, ALIENATÖR punches up tenaciously every step of the way. Today, we’re pleased to give you the official premiere of their new music video for “The Priest”, a proper teaser of their sophomore album “Regrets“, coming up on November 25th to follow their 2019 debut “Pariahs”. Along with the premiere comes our first-hand track by track commentary below!
Hailing from Thunder Bay, ON, Canada, Alienatör is a sludge metal band that combines punk, hardcore, and noise rock elements into a stripped-down package, full of razor-sharp riffs and memorable hooks.
Their debut album, “Pariahs,” released in 2109 moves from fast and aggressive to slow and swampy with touches of experimental weirdness. Many of the lyrics are about how we numb ourselves to the pain and disappointment of everyday life.
Fast forward to 2022, and the band is ready to unleash their follow-up, entitled “Regrets,” which introduces new drummer Simon Paquette to the fold. The album is bleak and abrasive, with moments of calm, melody, and beauty to juxtapose against the ugliness. Raw, uncompromising, and dark, it is emotionally heavy music that reflects a chaotic time in history.
“𝑅𝑒𝑔𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑠” 𝑖𝑠 𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑐𝑘 𝑓𝑢𝑙𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑠, 𝑓𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑦, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑎𝑤 𝑒𝑚𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛.
Asked about its lyrical sphere, the band packs it in a concise commentary: “Dark and cathartic, exploring personal themes, as well as racism, and abuse of power in Canada and the erosion of truth we’ve seen in modern times.”
“Noisy post-hardcore sludge, full of energy and rage… a genuine ass-kicker of a record.” – Decibel
“This band is burly, grimy, and the sonic manifestation of discontent. If it’s motivational music you seek, back away slowly. Alienatör ply their trade in the margins of metal, with elements of sludge, noise rock, hardcore, heavy metal, and crust punk. Listeners of Pariahs, the band’s debut full-length, will hear shades of Unsane, Red Fang, Cursed, Kvelertak, Acid Bath, and Cancer Bats, among other guitar-heavy acts by whom sophistication and polish are eschewed.” – Lambgoat
“Pariahs shows Alienatör firing all of their creative cylinders and marks a multifaceted, all-consuming sludge opera delivered with convincing force and accents.” – Idioteq
“Gritty, high-octane sludge…” – Metal Trenches
“From beginning to end Alienatör offers up a truly murky, chunky yet noise filled sound that tears at your ear drums, but in the best possible way. Each track is a madhouse of artery stopping, head banging sludge and noise rock that you cannot simply turn away from.” – Cadaver Garden
“Alienator are miserable and they’d like you to join them.” – Lambgoat