Arkansas-based doom harbingers DEADBIRD return in 2018 with their first new album in over a decade, announcing III: The Forest Within The Tree for October release through 20 Buck Spin. The news strikes with an early debut of the track “Luciferous Heart” as the band makes their way to Pittsburgh to perform at Migration Fest this weekend.
A decade has now passed since the release of Twilight Ritual, the second LP from Little Rock’sDEADBIRD, which features current and former members of Rwake, Iron Tongue, Pallbearer, and more. Though much has changed in the metal world since then DEADBIRD remains steadfast in their ability to sculpt heart-wrenching and gutsy songs from the deepest, darkest places within. Years of toil and scorched southern soil went into the band’s third album III: The Forest Within The Treeresulting in forty haunting minutes of emotive turbulence and resolute grit.
An intense listen from the outset, after “The Singularity” intro the one-two punch of “Luciferous Heart” and “Heyday” carry the weight of the grandiose and the grave, burning with furor and primordial light. At times dipping into quietly morose acoustics and at others crushing with a Neurosis-like magnitude,DEADBIRD offers the scope of the world weary and of sentiment laid bare on compositions like “Brought Low” and “Bone & Ash.”
Ten years is not a short time between albums, but the passing of years have solidified DEADBIRDinto an entity well versed in the art of vigilance. The eight tracks comprising III: The Forest Within The Tree are their best to date and signal the awakening of new day for the band. The album is a must-hear release for fans of Rwake, Samothrace, Neurosis, Alice In Chains, Kylesa, Pallbearer, Spirit Adrift, His Hero Is Gone, and El Dopa.
III: The Forest Within The Tree features vibrant artwork by John Santos (Kylesa, Mutoid Man, Torche, Noothgrush, Catheter) and will see release on LP, CD, and digital formats via 20 Buck Spin onOctober 12th; watch for preorders and additional audio samples to be issued shortly.
DEADBIRD will travel north this week to perform at Migration Festival in Pittsburgh this Friday, July 27th through Sunday the 29th. The band joins the likes of Khemmis, Krallice, Pelican, Panopticon, Mournful Congregation, Bongripper, Zombi, The Cancer Conspiracy, The Ominous Circle, Spirit Adrift, Thou, Yellow Eyes, and more. Watch for additional upcoming tour dates from the band to be announced in support of the new album.