Eugene’s Arkhum is celebrating the release of their second full-length, Earthling.
Earthling was collectively written by all five members of Arkhum. The lyrics were all completed by vocalist Kenneth Parker.
“We recorded our album in my own home studio called The Wilderness Studios,” says guitarist/vocalist Stephen Parker. “I personally engineered and mixed the entire thing while Jamie King mastered it at The Basement Studios in North Carolina.”
Named for the Elizabeth Arkhum Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Batman comics, the band Arkhum was formed in 2006. Intent on pursuing and creating music with a science fictional bent, Arkhum has steadily maintained their vicious and unforgiving hybrid of black, death and progressive metal across a number of demos, EPs and 2010’s Anno Universum, released on Vendlus Records.
Arkhum is: Stephen Parker (guitar/vocals), Kenneth Parker (vocals), Kyle Jendrisak (guitar), Nathan Kelley (bass) and Matt Reeves (live drums).
Lord is a heavy instrumental trio with members from Portland and Eugene. They deliver dense, quasi-progressive tunes that flirt openly with math-rock, metal and jazz. The Portland Mercury described their most recent EP as, “very ear-catching, with tumbling instrumental interplay in the lightly mathy, sorta-post-rock that’s maybe a little reminiscent of vintage Crimson… well worth a Friday listen.”
Facing Extinction has been playing pissed off , christ punching grindcore since its inception one sweaty summer in 2007 — emitting sound like a soul-nauseating wave from the stygian depths.
“Actually, that’s mostly a lie,” says the band. “We’re really just four obnoxious dudes who like playing loud music. Preferably in front of a large body of people. We look forward to sharing the WOW Hall stage, decimating ear drums and having a few drinks with good friends and uber-talented musicians.”
Dimensionless is the unpleasant noise emitting from Eugene, forged of death metal, heavy-hardcore, and sludge/drone influences to create an ominous, crushing sound. Bass-heavy grooves with ambient undertones combine with extreme vocals to oppress speakers and deplete audiences. Driven by their undefiled hatred for humanity and utter disrespect for music, Dimensionless is a lethal dose of sonic weight.