Northless sign with Translation Loss Records, announce new album
Official press release:
Milwaukee, WI progressive sludge quartet, Northless will release the band's long-awaited and most crushing new full-length to date titled, A Path Beyond Grief, on July 22, 2022 via Translation Loss Records.
Over the seven tracks of A Path Beyond Grief, Northless intertwine mournful and dreaded sludge laced with cold, unforgiving doom. Each monumental, power-driven track delivers seismic destruction while triumphantly making way for the ascension and emergence of new creation. The album features guest appearances from Ethan McCarthy (Primitive Man, Vermin Womb), Erin Severson (Former Worlds), and Alaina Leisten.
Formed in 2007 as a sublimation of the musical wills of Erik Stenglein, Northless drew from the inspiring sounds of metal, sludge, death, doom, and hardcore. To date, the band has released three full length albums (including the NPR-acclaimed Clandestine Abuse), multiple EP's and split releases with bands such as Primitive Man and Lightbearer. Growing more powerful with each release, Northless beam light through the gaping wounds of loss, despair, and existential misery throughout A Path Beyond Grief. "A Path Beyond Grief is an album dedicated to all those whom I have lost over the last several years," shares Stenglein. "Too many loved ones have exited this wretched existence, and this record is to honor and preserve their memory. It is a testament to the sheer will and perseverance of the human spirit. The last several years have been insanely fucked up for our species. If you're reading this, then you're a survivor, and you're also bearing witness to the horrors of our time. This album is the soundtrack for those who have endured, but still carry a remnant of the painful journey with them wherever they go."
Along with announcing A Path Beyond Grief, Northless have unveiled the earth-shattering title track from the album:
About the track, Stenglein shares: "I wrote the song in tribute to those whom I have lost over the last several years, people who have been important to me. The lyrics deal with feelings of survivor's guilt that I experienced after the passing of a family member. I was stuck in the belief that I had failed them, because I could not beat death and prevent their passing. Musically, this is probably the most straightforward offering on the record, and one of the most straightforward things Northless has ever done, but the focus here is not so much on creating a sense of heavy chaos so much as it is delivering a somber message. Plainly put, this is a song to honor the dead, and to identify with those of us who sometimes believe we'd be better off being with them instead of rotting slowly in this shitheap of a world."
A Path Beyond Grief will be released on July 22, 2022 on two exclusive vinyl variants and on all digital platforms. The album features enthralling new artwork by Paul Evan Jeffrey. Pre-order and digital pre-save are available now.
A Path Beyond Grief track listing:
1. Nihil Sanctum Vitae
2. A Path Beyond Grief
3. Forbidden World Of Light
5. Of Shadow And Sanguine
6. What Must Be Done
7. Nothing That Lives Will Last