Denver progressive Black Metal quartet Harboured share the first single today via Metal Insider from their forthcoming debut album. Hear and share “Atlas To Fall” HERE and via Bandcamp HERE and Spotify HERE.
The self-titled debut from Harboured is the opening statement of a band that already sounds like they are in their prime. Manic breakbeats paired with progressive metal riffs and melody are the band’s bread and butter, but they are not afraid of slipping into a more experimental sound on these 6 tracks. Opener “Anterior” uses synths and chanted vocals to set the stage for the next 35 minutes of absolutely brutal music. Guitarists Michael Stancel (Allegaeon) and Nick Hennig (Vimana) use a dual guitar approach to create walls of sound and intricate harmonies, while drummer Cierra White (Oak, Ash & Thorn) plays some of the most technically challenging material in modern metal. Bassist Brandon Michael (Allegaeon) completes the sound with his signature low end shredding. The result is a confident album that sounds well beyond the first outing for a band.
Formed in the bowels of the pandemic lockdown, Michael Stancel was looking to collaborate with friends in the Denver area on a new black metal project, one that could take the intricate guitar work he refined in Allegaeon and move into a less technical but no less powerful sound. He recruited White (Oak, Ash & Thorn) on drums, and Hennig (Vimana) on guitar to help develop the crushing sounds he had been creating on his own. Finally, he enlisted long-time Allegaeon bandmate Brandon Michael on bass and completed the quartet. The band recorded their debut self-titled LP with producer/engineer Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at his Oakland based studio, Anti-Sleep.
Harboured will be available on LP, CD and digital on March 17th, 2023 via Lost Future Records. Preorders are available HERE.