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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Dead In The Woods - The Sign Of The Son Of Man LP

"His Hero Is Hawkwind" according the band. Whne they played live you got a whole lot of the crushing His Hero Is Gone thing. Maybe beefier and more doom rock. On record the Hawkwind comes out more with spacey synths and theremin action happening.

You know how those crazy Finnish folk Circle stuck a bunch of Judas Priest into that extended Kraut rock jams? Dead In The Woods kind of the do the same but with crust punk. Less of the extended jamming but they do like to spin out a groove on occasion.

Maybe it's what late Black Flag would have sounded like if he had persuaded the whole band to turn on, tune in and drop out to Grateful Dead.

Or if 'epic' d beat post-Tragedy bands (or lounge crust, as this lot term it) had the circular Gong - Camembert Electrique design on their t-shirts rather than circular Crass ones.

They seem to shift gears between the space rock stuff and the uptempo punk riffage with ease. It's hard to spot where it changes. One minute you're nodding along and then your fist starts pumping in the air seemingly of it's own accord.

It definitely seems a step up from their split with Diet Pills that the man from Tombs put out on his Black Box Records. Sadly it's also their final statement as they are no more. There's a new band called Nadir rising from it's ashes, I believe, and members are also active in Endless Grinning Skulls and Moloch. But Dead In The Woods have been put to bed. Thankfully they finish on a high.

Here's some info from the labels if you want to buy it on LP:-

This is now available to order from me. Dirty Apparatus will have copies soon. I (Viral Age) also have a handful of DITW shirts left going cheap Let me know if you want one and I'll get a price.

Ltd pressing of 320 copies on black vinyl.
Full colour sleeve and inner lyric sheet, download code included
First 50 copies come with extra poster from the final DITW gig.
Please send paypal gift payment or add 5% for fees.
£-10 ppd (UK).
£-13 ppd (EUR).
£-16 ppd (WORLD).

Email for wholesale/trades;
Viral Age - thrash_cowboy@hotmail.com
Dirty Apparatus - thirteenthirtytwo@hotmail.com

Here's the blurb:

The Sign of the Son of Man is the final output of Dead In The Woods. Formed in 2008 with personnel from Army of Flying Robots, The Blueprint and Moloch among others, Dead In The Woods ’music has evolved from the down tempo, crust influenced metallic hardcore of their debut split LP with Dietpills to a looser, space rock influenced take on heavy music.

The Sign of the Son of Man is a document of Dead In The Woods as the band was in its final moments: five songs and three improvised jams creating thirty seven minutes of heavy, theremin-infused hardcore, metal and psychedelic rock.

These songs were written during some very chaotic times (both good and bad) in our lives and represent five friends attempting to make sense of that chaos with music and words. As it became clear that the band was going to be geographically scattered, we managed to converge to Stuck On A Name studios one last time and record all the material we had, five songs recorded in a live setting, capturing a looser, more energetic side of the band’s sound and adding to this a recording of a series of improvised jams which had become an inherent part of the band’s live set.

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