Critically acclaimed psych metal band ZOROASTER has signed a worldwide recording deal with E1 Music. The celebrated avant-garde trio will enter the studio in early 2010 with producer Sanford Parker (The Gates of Slumber, Pelican) to record its label debut and follow up to 2009â€™s Voice of Saturn. A summer 2010 release is expected.
ZOROASTER, the Atlanta-based group who has been called “one of the U.S.’s most promising metal bands” while drawing stark comparisons to Godflesh, Sleep and the Melvins, formed in Atlanta, GA in 2003 out of the need for â€œsedation by high volumes and low frequencies”. ZOROASTER has met to shining praise from metal and indie rock press alike, receiving shining accolades for its deafening power, intriguing mysticism, use of left-of-center instrumentation (which has included Moog synths, theremins, ominous vocal choirs and even brass sections) and unique take on heavy music. ZOROASTERâ€™s live show has been described as “an obliteration of the senses”, earning the three piece the title of â€œAtlantaâ€™s loudest band”.
â€œThe first time I saw Zoroaster live, I was blown away and knew we had to add them to the growing E1 roster,â€ comments E1 Music VP of Metal Scott Givens. â€œThey push the limits of the metal genre with their music and are unlike any other act out there now. We are honored to be their partners.â€ The signing of ZOROASTER comes on the heels of E1 inking the like-minded High on Fire and sees the band join a first rate family of artists that includes such revered names as Satyricon, In Flames and Hatebreed.
ZOROASTER is currently touring alongside Gojira, teaming with the French band for two weeks of live dates during its fall run supporting Metallica and Lamb of God. Immediately following the U.S. dates with Gojira, ZOROASTER will launch a 3 week-long European tour alongside experimental black metal band Absu. Presented by Metal Hammer, Legacy and Metal.de, the tour â€“ ZOROASTERâ€™s first ever European live trek â€“ is slated to launch on October 16 in Darmstadt, Germany and will run through November 7 in Rotterdam, Holland. A full listing of upcoming ZOROASTER tour dates follows this message.
The new ZOROASTER song â€œWhite Dwarfâ€ (from Voice of Saturn), which features a searing guitar solo and backing vocals from fellow Atlanta rocker Brent Hinds of MASTODON, can be heard now at this location, while Voice of Saturnâ€™s primo cover art, courtesy of Brian Mercer (Melvins) can be absorbed at this location.
ZOROASTER features guitarist / vocalist Will Fiore, bassist / vocalist Brent Anderson and drummer / percussionist Dan Scanlan.
ZOROASTER is available to speak with interested media now. To chat with the band / request a review copy of Voice of Saturn / attend a live performance, simply contact Carl Schultz @ ACTION! PR via any of the means listed below. Updated ZOROASTER news and tour information will be made available via the ZOROASTER web domain: www.myspace.com/thezoroaster and the ACTION! PR website: www.action-pr.com.
“Unholy doomâ€¦When ZOROASTER hit their groove, the results can be truly magical.” â€“ REVOLVER
“At their fastest, ZOROASTER could pass for half-speed Motorhead. At their slowest, the seconds between notes inch into double-digits. Titanic heaviness…in the right light, those wide-open riffs hide worlds inside.” – VILLAGE VOICE
“extremely heavy…[ZOROASTER weave] Moog, Theremin, brass, and hella more psychedelia into their doom. I can’t stop listening.” – PITCHFORK
“excellentâ€¦monolithic slabs of stoner doomâ€¦ridiculously heavy.” – ALARM
“Epic sludge/doom with a strong psychedelic bent, the first full-length by the Atlanta trio alternates between the deliberate pace and structure of classic doom and the more free-form, swirling departures of Hawkwind.” – POPMATTERS
“This is what stoner metal should be: one foot in the south and the other in hell.” – DECIBEL