Post-punk sludge lords NEGATIVE 13 have released their newest single, titled “Pain Prism.” The song comes from the band’s forthcoming new album, Mourning Asteri.
Guitarist Edward Banchs comments on the song, “We love this song. Still in line with [the album’s first single] ‘My Scars Are Showing Again,’ but it takes our sound to another level. This was the third song we wrote for the album and one that really pushed us creatively. Once we walked out of the practice space with this one we knew that we were ready to turn the corner on our past.”
Nearly 20 years after the release of their self-titled debut, NEGATIVE 13 is set to return with Mourning Asteri. The long-awaited second full-length from these veterans of the Pittsburgh, PA scene bears the mark of a band born anew. Retaining the groove-laden and abrasive fury from their early work, Mourning Asteri takes the band’s infusion of stoner, sludge, and doomcore to a new level.
Mourning Asteri will be released on digital, CD, cassette, and vinyl formats on July 8. Pre-order the album now at negative13.bandcamp.com.
1) My Scars Are Showing Again
2) Never Ending Exit Wound
3) Pain Prism
4) Mourning Asteri
5) Crack the Code
6) The Key and the Coat
Formed in 1999, the Pittsburgh, PA quartet, NEGATIVE 13 (once known as Negative Theory), has continued to have a bit of an identity crisis. Describing their sound as post-punk infested stoner/sludge/doomcore, NEGATIVE 13 carries a curiosity that has allowed the band to reform after a hiatus with a wide-open palette of taste that reflects their artistic vision: interpret their brand of heavy metal however it is they feel fit.
Originally disbanding in 2003 after releasing their self-titled debut, the members never stopped communicating the idea of returning to the stage after going their separate ways—reuniting, however, for several shows in 2008 and 2009. After years apart, 2021 proved to be the year that things fell back into place for NEGATIVE 13, with original members drummer Chip Reynolds, vocalist Scott Fisher, and guitarist Edward Banchs reforming with the intention of fulfilling their original vision—writing albums that would leave a footprint in the metal world. With the 2021 addition of bassist Mary Bielich, the band worked on completing their second album, Mourning Asteri, in late 2021, further elevating their sound to new heights.