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Savage Gold
Savage Gold
Album info
ReleaseJune 10, 2014
RecordedNovember 2013 - January 2014 at Mana Recording Studios, St. Petersburg, FL
GenreExperimental metal, post-metal
Length57:12
LabelRelapse
ProducerErik Rutan

Savage Gold is the third studio album from American experimental metal band Tombs. It marks the groups first record to feature contributions from guitarist Garett Bussanick and bassist Ben Brand, as well as the first record to be produced by Erik Rutan.[1]

Writing and compositionEdit

Material for the record was written by principle songwriters Mike Hill and Andrew Hernandez II over the span of three years following the release of Path of Totality.[2] Hill has characterized the material as "darker and more extreme" than Path of Totality.[1] Hill also stated that the instrumental interactions for the record are "straightforward and a little dryer" compared to previous releases, with the intention of increasing the impact of the lyrics and music.[2]

RecordingEdit

Recording was completed by producer Erik Rutan at Mana Recording Studios.[1] Hill described the recording process as "grueling", but effective in reaching the intended result.[2] Rutan was said to be primarily focused on the technical aspects of recording while the band focused entirely on the creative aspects of the music.[2]

Release and promotionEdit

The album will be released on June 10, 2014 through Relapse Records in CD, 2XLP, deluxe 2XLP, and digital download formats.[3] The track "Edge of Darkness" was made available for streaming on April 22, 2014 and was subsequently given the "Best New Track" distinction by Pitchfork writer Grayson Currin.[4] On May 5, 2014, the track "Deathtripper" was made available for streaming via The A.V. Club.[5]

ReceptionEdit

Thus far, the album has been unanimously praised by music critics. The aggregate review site Metacritic assigned an average score of 85 out of 100 to the album based on 4 reviews, indicating "Universal Acclaim".[6]

In a positive review, Dave Schalek of About.com named Savage Gold "their heaviest album to date."[7] Commenting on the album's production, Pitchfork reviewer Grayson Haver Currin characterized the album's sound as a "...cohesive, propulsive, and definitive statement."[8] Similarly, Jelone of Punknews.org described the album as "pristine" and "decimating", concluding "It is, simply, the best Tombs record so far."[9]

Track listingEdit

# Track title Length
1. "Thanatos" 4:25
2. "Portraits" 6:50
3. "Seance" 5:29
4. "Echoes" 7:56
5. "Deathtripper" 6:44
6. "Edge of Darkness" 5:28
7. "Ashes" 5:03
8. "Legacy" 4:18
9. "Severed Lives" 4:42
10. "Spiral" 6:17

PersonnelEdit

Savage Gold album credits adapted from Allmusic.[10]

Tombs

  • Mike Hill - guitar, electronics, vocals
  • Andrew Hernandez II - drums
  • Garett Bussanick - guitar
  • Ben Brand - bass, electronics

Additional personnel

  • Sera Timms - guitar, vocals
  • J. Bennett - guitar, vocals
  • Erik Rutan - production, mixing
  • Bryan - assistant engineer
  • Alan Douches - mastering
  • Thomas Hooper - album artwork

ChartsEdit

Chart Peak
position
Billboard Top Heatseekers 14[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 TOMBS Begins Recording New Album. Blabbermouth.net (November 12, 2013). Retrieved on April 23, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Brandon Stosuy (April 24, 2014). Show No Mercy: Tombs. Pitchfork. Retrieved on April 25, 2014.
  3. TOMBS To Release 'Savage Gold' In June. Blabbermouth.net (March 27, 2014). Retrieved on March 28, 2014.
  4. Grayson Currin (April 22, 2014). Tombs: "Edge of Darkness". Pitchfork. Retrieved on April 22, 2014.
  5. Jason Heller (May 5, 2014). Tombs shovel tons of gloom over "Deathtripper". The A.V. Club. Retrieved on May 5, 2014.
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  10. Savage Gold - Tombs Songs, Credits, Awards. Allmusic. Retrieved on June 12, 2014.
  11. Savage Gold. Billboard. Retrieved on June 21, 2014.

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