“One of the most tremendous albums of their career.” – BrooklynVegan
“Incredibly visceral, powerful, and important.” – FLOOD
“Dark, brooding, and at times absolutely fucking batshit.” – MetalSucks
“A vicious slab of blackened hardcore.” – Consequence
“A mammoth undertaking of experimental hardcore.” – Knotfest
Chicago-based band Racetraitor have released their new album Creation and the Timeless Order of Things, out now through Good Fight Music. First formed in 1996, the band – Mani Mostofi (vocals), Dan Binaei (guitar), Andrea Black (guitar and backing vocals), R. Brent Decker (bass) and Andy Hurley (drums) – continue to be as sonically and politically charged as ever. The 13 songs on Creation and the Timeless Order of Things focus on fighting for liberation from the oppressive systems that destroy humanity and the earth, while creating a geographic autobiography of Racetraitor. With the album originally set to be completed in 2020, as the for-profit medical infrastructure failed to protect the populations of earth, the band like many others, didn’t finish the record as planned. Instead, this inspired Racetraitor to look at what they wanted to achieve sonically in a new light, creating a sound that is heavier, more psychedelic, and more worldly all at once. The band also took this time to have friends record additional vocals on the album, including contributions from Dennis Lyxzén (Refused), Tim Kinsella (Joan of Arc, Cap’n Jazz), Stan Liszewaki (Terminal Nation), and Sanket Lama (Chepang) to name a few, plus Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man) contributing a noise track.
On writing the album, Decker shares:
“In the past people seemed more interested in our story as a band than the themes we sing about. So I tried to create an album that bridges that. What have we seen and experienced that makes us the people and band we are.
What we came up with is a sorta geographic autobiography of Racetraitor. The songs are about specific locations, and events, people, or experiences in those locations that influenced our beliefs and inspired us as individuals and a band. These are places that our families are from, places that we have lived or worked. And through these geographies we can talk about all sorts of socio-political issues from exploitation of migrant workers to domestic violence to indigenous rights.
Sonically, it’s still rooted in some original influences and ideas of using extra instrumentation mixed with death metal and black metal. We’ve always had different acoustic, ambient, and psychedelic elements on our records but really wanted to take that much further. We think the record is the most developed form of our original sound, and the end result is a much more personal record.”
For further on the album, Racetraitor have shared an in-depth track by track on BrooklynVegan.
Creation and the Timeless Order of Things was written and produced by Racetraitor. Recorded at Electrical Audio by Greg Norman, Paint by Numbers by Stuart Sikes, and VoidDawn by Dan Binaei. Mixed by Greg Norman at Studio Greg Studios. Mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright.
Creation and the Timeless Order of Things is available on vinyl through Good Fight Music.
Creation and the Timeless Order of Things Tracklist: