Throttlerod : Turncoat Full-Length Out On Small Stone; Record Streaming In Full

Sunday 26 June 2016 - 08:48:58 by Hellsheimer

Turncoat, the latest full-length from long-running rock trio, THROTTLEROD, is out today via Small Stone Recordings and streaming at New Noise Magazine.

Comments THROTTLEROD vocalist/guitarist Matt Whitehead of the release, "While there's no denying we like feedback and odd time signatures, we also enjoy hooks and undeniable grooves and there are plenty of those on this record. [Engineer] J. Robbins [Clutch] not only helped us realize our vision with an honest, organic approach that helped remind us why we still make records but was also an absolute pleasure to work with. We need to write some more new songs to have an excuse to go hang out in his studio again."

Hear Turncoat in full

 Turncoat is out today on CD and digital formats. To order, point your browser HERE.

 Dedicated to the memory of Puny Human vocalist Jim Starace, who passed away in 2012, and had guested on the band's 2006-issued Nail long player, Turncoat is an important step forward for the band, but much more, it's a killer rock album, and whatever THROTTLEROD go through from one record to the next, and whoever happens to be sitting at the helm, that's the underlying thread. It just wouldn't be THROTTLEROD if it didn't kick ass... and offer a surprise or two along the way. Turncoat was engineered and mixed by J. Robbins (Clutch, Coliseum, Against Me!) at Magpie Cage in Baltimore, Maryland, mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio in Cornwall, New York, and will see release on CD and digitally June 24th, 2016 via Small Stone Recordings.

THROTTLEROD has always had a knack for surprising, and Turncoat is no exception. After making the transition from four-piece to trio, the outfit offered up their third full-length, Pig Charmer, in 2009, and took a left turn from their earlier, riffier vibes to blistering and aggressive noise rock. Like all their prior work, it was produced by Andrew Schneider, and had a sharpness in its chug that, while it still grooved, was clearly looking to accomplish something apart from the THROTTLEROD's earlier three LPs: 2000's Eastbound And Down, 2003's Hell And High Water, and 2006's Nail, as well their quiet, semi-unplugged 2004 EP, Starve The Dead.

While the biggest change that Pig Charmer brought about was in lineup, Turncoat goes even further. Instead of going back to record as they always had, the band hooked up with J. Robbins to lay down Turncoat's twelve tracks, and the result of the new collaboration is that the album not only follows-up on the aggro promise of Pig Charmer, but builds it outward, in a way that's more melodically resonant and as much about emotional expression as sonic impact.

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