There is great fear across the globe as war ravages ever on, perpetrated by the greed and power lust of our leaders. The world is changing rapidly from climate change. New means of surveillance haunt and track our moves, thoughts, ideas while we struggle to afford housing. It isn’t a coincidence that we are seeing more and more movies, art, games, and music focused on the dire survivalism and emotional weight of post-apocalyptic scenarios. Sure, these stories have been with us for almost two centuries, but the machinations that could manifest them are growing stronger and more likely by the day.
Guiltless seeks to expand on these themes with their doom/industrial/sludge tinged noise rock as the soundtrack on their upcoming, debut EP Thorns, featuring members of A Storm Of Light, Intronaut, Battle of Mice, and Generation of Vipers. Hear the closing track “In Radiant Glow” now!
“In Radiant Glow” starts with synth noise rattling into slow paced guitars and doom-metal drums, and low, pristine bass. We are greeted with guttural bellows narrating the flames and smog of destruction, giving birth to a new age of survivalism amidst very human terrors. As the track builds, the guitars get gnarlier and the drum fills more pronounced like a mash-up of Bossk, Melvins, and Godflesh before an outro that is reminiscent of South of Heaven era Slayer‘s slower parts as the synth noise returns to send us off into the wicked night. “In Radiant Glow” is a heavy culmination of every grim headline and earth-shattering policy transmuted by skillful doom alchemists.
Guitarrist/vocalist Josh Graham had the following to say about “In Radiant Glow”:
‘IRG was the last song to fully come together on the EP. It has some more variation and complexity in the arrangement than All We Destroy, but still carries that same kind of heft – for me – there are some Godflesh moments, some Jesus Lizard and even a brief Slayer breakdown. Lyrically, it’s a sarcastic surreal post-WWIII worst-case-scenario story, and now that I think of it, subliminally influenced by both Kira Jane Buxton’s Hollow Kingdom and Jeff Vandermeer’s Borne.‘
This track is exactly the kind of intensity I adore about this kind of off-center post-metal, noise doom. Blast this at full volume as you prep for the end times. You can pre-order Thorns here. Follow Guiltless on Facebook, Instagram, or their website.