Erase Your Mind: APPRENTICE DESTROYER – “Permanent Climbing Monolith” Exclusive Full Album Premiere

Experimental rock alchemists APPRENTICE DESTROYER will release their second album “Permanent Climbing Monolith” on September 20th, 2019, and today we’re ecstatic to unveil the monolithic mind-consuming opera in full.

The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Steve Peacock (ULTHAR, PANDISCORDIAN NECROGENESIS, PALE CHALICE, MASTERY), APPRENTICE DESTROYER is an experimental rock project with cinematic no-wave inclinations focusing on dense and layered soundscapes, that through a cascading chain reaction of repetitions, looped alchemies of buildup/collapse, and cyclical patterns of creation/destruction, sets to dismantle the listener’s grasp with reality from within, through the annihilation of their senses and perception. Behold…

Their first album, “Glass Ceiling Universe” (Castle Face, 2015) weaved an eclectic, driving soundtrack akin to analog Berlin school krautrock, and this new effort greatly expands the project’s horizons with an enhanced effort in heaviness and and a widened spectrum of sound. With the recent expansion of 4 lead guitarists (!!! – including members of VASTUM, ULTHAR and PALE CHALICE), modular synthesis and pummeling live percussion, APPRENTICE DESTROYER’s new album and live shows have developed into an exercise of harmonic overtone experimentation. Its heavy feedback-laden melodies, cavernous vocals, and repetitive rhythmic fervor share dynamics with 70’s synth prog, punishing noise rock and deviant garage guitar academia. The entire experience is assembled as a cinematic downfall of one’s being, or like a spectacular loss of self, as the repetitions and processes of constant building/destroying slowly dismantle and disassemble the psyche piece by piece in a spectacular trance-induced brain feeding frenzy. Highly recommended for fans of Swans, Glenn Branca, Neu, and Tangerine Dream. You can pre-order/order physical and digital copies of the work on the band’s Bandcamp.

Recording line-up:

Steve Peacock – Electric / Acoustic Guitars, Drums, Synths, Vocals
Shelby Lermo (VASTUM, ULTHAR, EXTREMITY) – Electric Guitar
Nick Stanley – Electric Guitar
Bob Renz (CURASAO) – Electric Guitar
Max Bonick – Synthesizers
Brandon Thomas (PALE CHALICE) – Drums

Along with being commissioned to score the video accompanying the Grammy winning Voyager Golden Record, 40th anniversary edition (Ozma Records, 2017), APPRENTICE DESTROYER and related music from Steve Peacock in the past has been covered by Pitchfork, Noisey, Wire, Decibel, Playboy, All Music, and more.


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