The corrosive split LP between two of the Twin Cities' top sludge/doom metal kingpins, NO FUNERAL and LIVID, is now available through their local DIY vinyl-mongers at Live Fast Die Recordings. With two tracks by NO FUNERAL leading the charge, and one monolithic track by LIVIDon the B-side, this cooperative release truly presents some of the most engaging and crushing pairings of slow-motion, dredging, riffage and sonic terror.
Cvlt Nation covered the record as their "Favorite Split Of The Month," offering in their praise of the album, "both bands bring the monolithic pain on this release in different ways! NO FUNERAL is one of the most slept on Sludge//Doom bands doing it right now. I'm going to make it my mission to make sure more people recognize what a fucking gnarly gem this band is!... LIVID takes a different approach to the way they draw the listener into their expansive universe of sound. Their eighteen-minute tune is a cosmic journey where black waterfalls of melody crash over giant emotional rocks of despair." Two Guys Metal Reviews posted, "When it comes down to it this is a great split because not only does it combine likeminded bands from a similar geographical region but it gives us a unique look at both bands... When all is said and done it's a pleasure to lose yourself in these things and I'm very curious to see how both bands evolve!" Wonderbox Metal's review includes in part, "I haven't come across sludge metal as satisfyingly played as this for a while now... this really is a top-quality split. With a lot more material than you usually get for something like this, and with each track a very definite winner, this is something that any doom/sludge fan should get their hands on."
The NO FUNERAL/LIVID split LP is now available digitally and on colored 12" vinyl limited to 500 hand-numbered copies worldwide. Place orders for the LP at Earsplit Distro HERE and the vinyl and digital at Live Fast Die Recordings' Bandcamp HERE.
NO FUNERAL and LIVID will be announcing live dates in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
Forged in 2011, NO FUNERAL - featuring former members of Sourvein and Ashen - plays bleak sludge in the vein of Grief, Dystopia, and Buzzov*en, with influences ranging from crust and sludge to death metal. The band's suffocating output stems from a range of deep personal struggles to complete misanthropy. Hate, misery, and the sheer disdain for the day-to-day activities have molded NO FUNERAL's songs into a soundtrack for loathsome scum.
LIVID was formed is 2014 and recently joined forces with Prosthetic Records for the release of their Beneath This Shroud, The Earth Erodes debut full-length. The band's punishing sound is soaked in palpable desolation and despair, spanning delicately-orchestrated drones to pummeling doom.