Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIVIDER - All Barren

Nearly a decade after its formation, Divider delivers its first full-length album: All Barren.

Glory Kid Ltd. will release All Barren on September 23rd as a vinyl LP and digital download. 

All Barren is Divider's debut full-length yet the Long Island, New York band has been making records since 2006 – a Kurt Ballou-recorded debut EP and a split with Bone Dance, among others. Through many changes in personnel, the band has persisted almost ten years, touring the nation alongside other standouts of the DIY circuit like Capsule and Khann.

The All Barren lineup consists of vocalist Chris Tzompanakis – former frontman of Skycamefalling – founder/guitarist Anthony Fusco, bassist Peter Gerontakos, and drummer Victor Mouradian.

All Barren is the sound of a band plowing forward after years of internal and external turmoil: member changes, lawsuits, and, most recently, the complete destruction of vocalist Tzompanakis' home in Hurricane Sandy.

Not unlike the relentless advance of that hurricane, All Barren is a campaign of mid-paced devastation that blankets the senses and dwarfs the will. From opener "Crow Eater" onward, this is music that barrels forth unstoppably with a life of its own, radiating power.

All Barren is best experienced as a whole – it is a new masterpiece of the post-Neurosis scene. The earliest Isis recordings are one reference point – the apocalyptic drive of The Red Sea, for example. Those who listen through will be rewarded with "Silently Marching," a brilliant and surprising closer that seals the album in epic fashion and exposes the band's true range.

All Barren was produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Blacklisted) and Vince Ratti (August Burns Red, Balance and Composure), and mastered by Bill Henderson (Enabler, Most Precious Blood).

The tracklist is as follows:

1) Crow Eater
2) The Devouring
3) All Barren
4) Requisite
5) Empty Beds
6) Salt and Bone
7) Poisoned Arrows
8) Viscera
9) Ruin
10) Turning the Soil
11) Silently Marching

Based in Seattle, Washington, Glory Kid Ltd. is home to releases by Old Wounds, Raindance, Mercy Ties, and more. Divider and Mercy Ties kick off a tour of the East Coast this weekend.

Divider + Mercy Ties:
Jul 12 - Island Park, NY @ No Fun Club

Jul 13 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Pizza Place
Jul 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Grand Victory
Jul 15 - Bethlehem, PA @ Ask a Punk
Jul 16 - Pawtucket, RI @ Machines with Magnets
Jul 17 - Worcester, MA @ Hotel Vernon
Jul 18 - Oakdale, CT @ Trap House
Jul 19 - Kingston, NY @ The Anchor