Austin-based progressive metal quartet Runescarred is proud to announce the independent release of their debut EP "We Are" on June 29th. The track listing and cover artwork can be found at the bottom.
Rising out of the ashes of Texas metal stalwarts Dead Earth Politics and Texas regional axeslingers Southern Front (ex-Motograter), these power thrashers are ready to forge a name for themselves. Recorded, mixed and mastered by James Gelber in vocalist Ven Scott's home studio, We Are is a fifteen-minute introduction, embracing the dark realities of humanity and planting a foot in the throat of adversity. Fusing groove with scaling and piercing riffs and destructive growls with soaring vocals, Runescarred is just as likely to pull you into the pit as they are to make you bow a head in self-reflection.
Veterans of a thousand nights on the road and performing in countless packed clubs, Runescarred's music explores bleak fantasy worlds and the brokenness of the human condition, which in part creates one hell of a live show. The dynamic voice of frontman Ven Scott guides the band from titanic highs to lethargic lows and sees the group fusing musical styling of bands like Nevermore, Iced Earth and Primordial.
"We knew what we were doing when we put Dead Earth Politics to rest. There was no question of direction, zero hesitation," says vocalist Ven Scott. "It was time to let the stubborn sun set so it could be reborn and cast more striking and wicked shadows across the face of an already battle-scarred genre. Personally, this album captures a multitude of emotions. I feel like twelve years in Dead Earth Politics was a path cut into a road that was meant to lead here. A three song E.P. may seem like a blip to many, but to me this is a victory cry. A 'fuck you' to any and all who tried or will try to impede our growth.
"This was completely a DIY process - front to back," Scott continues. "Certain elements sucked up our money for worthless endeavors in the past year, so we hadn't the luxury to reach out to our producer, Taz Osterhouse, from the last three DEP albums. Instead, my little brother, axe-man for Nevada-based heavy metal staple Hemlock, and studio powerhouse, James Gelber, stepped up to the plate. We had many discussions on how we would address this, decided on D.I. drums (since drm replacement would be happening no matter what), cardboard box vocal booths, and a whole bunch of heads butting into walls. The end result fucking kills."
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. This Is Mine 2. A Darker Man 3. Ghost Ocean
Check out the band live here: 7/6 - San Antonio - The Mix 7/7 - Corpus Christi @ Black Monk Tavern 7/20 - Lake Charles, LA @ My Place American Pub 7/21 - Meterie, LA @ Babylon 8/24 - Odessa, TX @ Gabby Doo Saloon 8/25 - San Angelo, TX @ Deadhorse 9/21 - Harlingen, TX @ The Hop Shop