Critically-acclaimed sludge/doom veterans SOURVEIN have signed with Metal Blade Records! The new partnership's first effort will be the release of the band's fourth full-length album, "Aquatic Occult" in 2015. The album is scheduled to be recorded with Corrosion of Conformity's Mike Dean in early 2015 and will finally see its release later that year. SOURVEIN main man Troy "T-Roy" Medlin was interviewed by friend and fellow musician, Randy Blythe of Lamb of God fame, who penned the band's new biography. The text will serve as an excellent introduction for the uninitiated. It's a recap of the past twenty years of the band, and a look towards a bright future for SOURVEIN.
Below is an excerpt from the biography, which
includes comments on the signing and the upcoming album:
Over twenty long
dues-paying years later, SOURVEIN has at long last found a proper home
for their doom-laden Southern noise with underground stalwarts Metal Blade
Records, and Medlin couldn't be happier. "Aquatic Occult", the
band's first offering on the label, promises to be heavier than a two-ton anchor
dropped into an antique porcelain bathtub -- it's going to break things. But
getting here hasn't been easy.
"Finally, man. Finally," he says,
shaking his head in disbelief as he reflects on the lengthy, grueling trek that
brought his band to Metal Blade's roster.
"It's the record I wanted to
make when I was in those rooming houses, but I couldn't," Medlin says,
"There was too much pain, so I got lost for bit, falling back into the party
life and trying to numb myself with alcohol. But motherfuckers need to feel the
pain. There is more to life than numbing yourself." Is that what
"Aquatic Occult" will be about, bringing the pain? "I'm going
to bring the truth. The lyrics are reality to me; I don't write about cars or
chicks or fucking horror movies, I write about getting my nose fucking broken,
all the stuff I saw growing up and now. But I want it to be positive, to let
people know that there is a way out of bad times and tough situations. I'm
living proof," he says. When SOURVEIN hits the road in 2015 to
support "Aquatic Occult", is that what he'll be talking from the
stage, positivity? "Man, it's not all peace and love; it's just not coming
from hate anymore. And when I'm on stage, I'm not up there to talk to you
anyways. I'll let the amplifiers do the talking. I want you to feel it. You've
got to feel alive, and life sometimes includes pain. Masking it doesn't do any
good, because it's still there. It's better to live and feel it. All of it, the
good, the bad, and the ugly."