Vancouver's Baptists share the first new track from their upcoming second album, Bloodmines, which is due for release via Southern Lord on 13th October.
Arriving at the album's mid point, 'Harm Induction' is a volatile, high speed, turbo-charged rager. As the guitar riffs scale to an ear-splitting climax, the vocals also reach the peak of absolute seething anger. Harm Induction is unrelenting, near suffocating, and highly cathartic.
Like it's predecessor, Bloodmines is a fast, exhilarating album of rage, oozing with genuine raw emotion and punk rock fury. Shards of feedback make way for fast powerful riffs and savage vocals, whilst explosive drumming pumps blood around the band's beating heart.
On other album tracks like "Vistas", "Calling" and the title track, "Bloodmines", the pace changes, revealing powerful, almost anthemic, jagged noise rock songs (much like influential San Diego post-hardcore band Drive Like Jehu) which go beyond the two minute mark. Discordant guitar melodies and abrasive vocal passages are elongated, still volatile but perhaps allowing for further contemplation of the band's underlying message.
Not ones to rest on their laurels, Baptists have found new ways to express their rage and with Bloodmines they have created a memorable and commanding album. Check out the cover art designed by Jillian Mann and track list below.
3. String Up
4. Closed Ports
6. Harm Induction
11. For Profit
Don't forget you can still watch the Baptists Rain City session, recorded in their hometown recently, here you can sample some ferocious new songs http://youtu.be/d-BujK1z6U4. Baptists are part of the incredible billing for Southwest Terror Fest in Arizona which takes place in October. They are also embarking on a Southern Lord package tour of the West Coast US and Canada with Torch Runner and Obliterations.
10/15/2014 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA Southern Lord Showcase w/ Excel, Goatsnake, The Offenders, Xibalba, Obliterations, Torch Runner
10/17/2014 Hard To Find Space – Santa Barbara, CA *
10/18/2014 Black Flame Collective – San Bernadino, CA *
10/19/2014 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ @ Southwest Terror Fest #
10/20/2014 Soda Bar – San Diego, CA *
10/21/2014 The Knockout – San Francisco, CA *
10/23/2014 Slabtown – Portland, OR
10/24/2014 Chop Suey – Seattle, WA
10/25/2014 Biltmore Vancouver, BC
10/26/2014 Lucky Bar – Victoria, BC
* w/ The Offenders
** w/ Creative Adult
# w/o Torch Runner
There will be more updates about the album, as well as more new songs which we shall be sharing over the course of the next few months so stay tuned.