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TOMBS | Withered | Malefic
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Formed in 2007, Brooklyn-based experimental metal outfit TOMBS blends bleak, post-punk minimalism with the ferocious attack of sludge and traditional black metal. Over the course of the last nine years, TOMBS have established themselves as an act that's as committed to consistency as it is to growth, developing smoothly (but never predictably) over the course of their career. All Empires Fall, the band's forthcoming 2016 EP, is a commanding, crushingly heavy release, one that invokes the kind of grandeur and magnitude its title suggests, and one that affirms TOMBS as one of the leading lights of American – and international – black metal.

The group's dark proto-industrial sounds were first developed as a collaboration between Mike Hill (Anodyne), Dominic Seita, and Justin Ennis, and put to wax in the form of a two-song EP simply entitled Tombs (on Hill’s now-defunct label Black Box Recordings.) By the time TOMBS had partnered with Relapse Records and unleashed their first proper full-length, 2009’s Winter Hours, Seita and Ennis had been replaced with Carson James and Andrew Hernandez respectively. Two years later, the band’s sophomore outing 2011’s Path of Totality featured prominently on many critics’ year-end metal lists, including at Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Decibel Magazine (where it was named album of the year), NPR, MetalSucks, and many more. Path of Totality’s follow-up, Savage Gold (2014), also found widespread critical acclaim and garnered numerous year-end list mentions.

In addition to their highly lauded releases, TOMBS have become revered for their captivating live shows and have toured extensively with an array of artists as eclectic as their sound, trekking throughout North America and Europe with groups ranging from Eyehategod, Pelican and Isis to Wolves In The Throne Room, The Secret, Ulcerate and most recently 1349. TOMBS have also appeared at renowned festivals across the globe, including Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Roadburn in The Netherlands, and Psycho California & Maryland Deathfest in the US.

Never content to rest on their laurels, TOMBS have continued to evolve following the release of Savage Gold. 2015 saw the band welcome new drummer Charlie Schmid and keyboardist Fade Kainer (Batillus), allowing the group to vastly expand its live sound and elaborate on previous experiments in the studio. The group’s first release with the new lineup, All Empires Fall, was recorded at Applehead Studios in New York and brought to life by renowned producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight, Yob). Clocking in at 24 minutes long, All Empires Fall is a succinct synthesis of the innovation that first put TOMBS on the map and of the quintessential black metal ferocity that drives the band's experimentation.

Formed in 2003, Withered set out to explore darker aspects of humanity and attempt to exemplify unbridled truths about human nature. From the exploration of coping with tragedy to theoretical philosophical approaches, Withered continue to push their boundaries of perception into a realm of solitude and raw introspective discovery through a maelstrom of classic death metal, atmospheric black metal, and doom metal textures within a progressive mindset. “Withered is a tool for us to isolate ourselves in a place of creation and discovery and has proven to be a near limitless medium with great reward.”. As of 2013, They've released a demo in 2004 and three full length albums - Memento Mori (2005 - Lifeforce), Folie Circulaire (2008 - Prosthetic), and Dualitas (2010 – Prosthetic). Withered strive to progress with each creative effort while embracing the timeless roots of classic extreme music.

-2003 – Withered was formed as a concept by Chris Freeman and Mike Thompson. They brought in Wes Kever (drums) and Greg Hess (bass) to complete the lineup and to create Withered’s bull dozer of a rhythm section. They immediately wrote 5 songs that were recorded (3 of which were released on their self titled demo).
-2004 – Began performing live and toured the US east coast extensively.
-2005 – Withered signed to Lifeforce records and released “Memento Mori” in September. It was very well received by critics and fans. Was honored with the 4 spot on decibel magazine’s top 40 list as well as making many other year end lists and receiving high praise in reviews and articles. The release was followed up with a UK tour supporting Mastodon & High On Fire in December.
-2006 – The US touring cycle began with a string of successful east coast and Midwest tours supporting Dismember, Grave, and Vital Remains in October. Immediately following the tour, Wes & Greg both left the band. They had both started new families causing their focus to be needed elsewhere.
-2007 – Early in the year, Withered’s rhythm section was replaced with Mike Longoria (bass/noise/atmosphere) and Beau Brandon (drums). Both had collaborated on numerous projects for over a decade. Their history and uncanny approach to rhythms has proven to be one of the most unique and formidable rhythm sections in extreme metal today. Regional touring began almost immediately and they started work on their 2nd full length between tours with Skeletonwitch & Zoroaster.
-2008 – Entered the studio in February to record “Folie Circulaire” with producer Phillip Cope (kylesa, baroness, black tusk). The album was released in late June and also received high praise throughout the scene. Withered was once again honored by making many year-end lists and being offered some fantastic touring opportunities. They followed up the release with a full US tour as direct support for Sweden’s Watain.
-2009 – Touring continued and withered was featured at the 1st Scion Festival, the New England hardcore and metal festival, & even the Maryland Deathfest. Withered supported Mayhem, Cephalic Carnage, & Cattle Decapitation in June for a full US tour. In August, they were offered a special mini-tour as direct support for Sweden’s Marduk in the Northeast US. They spent the rest of the year writing for their 3rd full length to be released in fall of 2010.
-2010 - Withered entered the studio with producer Phillip Cope again to record "dualitas" in may followed up by a tour supporting EyeHateGod and Nachtmystium. It was released in the fall to coincide with a US tour supporting Danzig, Possessed, Marduk, & Toxic Holocaust followed up by a tour with friends, Skeletonwitch. Dualitas exhibited the next step in the evolution of withered's sound by incorporating dissonance & added ferocity amongst the hooks and driving song arrangements that take the listener down the path less traveled.
- 2011 - Touring for Dualitas continued with tours along side Krallice, Exhumed, Macabre, & Cephalic carnage. the year ended with the beginning efforts of writing for their 4th full length.
- 2012 - The primary focus has been writing. Withered took a break to tour supporting Marduk & 1349 in the summer, after which, Dylan Kilgore decided to leave the band and focus on his family and other projects in Atlanta.
- 2013 – Early in the year, Mike Longoria left the band. Ethan McCarthy, from Denver’s Clinging To The Trees Of A Forrest Fire, joined on vocals/guitar. Towards the end of the year, writing for their 4th full length was completed and recording began.
- 2014 - Withered performed some headline touring & festival dates before continuing tracking of their next full length. It should be completed by the end of the year.
"These tracks contain a vast, roaring sea of guitar, and after a while you stop thinking about the artists' hands; it sounds as if it's not made by pale, bearded guys from Atlanta but by forces of weather." - Ben Ratliff for The New York Times

"9 out of 10 - Folie Circulaire sounds like a blackened cross between My Bloody Valentine and Morbid Angel." - Rod Smith for Decibel magazine

"With Folie Circulaire , black-metal underdogs WITHERED unleashed the bleakest, most constrictive metal opus Atlanta has seen since Mastodon's Leviathan. Every time the group takes the stage, slow, pulverizing grooves grind,bash and build to a climax of machine gun drums, helicopter head-banging and a bestial growl. While Mastodon was busy cracking the Skye, Withered punched a hole through the earth and reached deep into the bowels of hell to summon an epic, labyrinthine roar. " -
Creative Loafing Best of 2009