Glass Casket return with first new single in 17 years
Official press release:
Glass Casket returns with its first release in 17 years: a brand new, self-titled EP, out June 9th on Silent Pendulum Records. Pre-order here.
From Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Glass Casket features guitarist Dustie Waring and drummer Blake Richardson, both members of Between the Buried and Me.
Back in action now under the Glass Casket banner officially for the first time since 2006, Waring and Richardson are teamed with fellow original members Adam Cody and Sid Menon, along with newest member Wes Hauch (Alluvial, ex-The Faceless).
The quintet have offered up a thrilling taste of things to come, in the form of the upcoming new EP's first single, "Let Them Go." An anthemic slab of death metal groove, replete with mesmerizing flourishes, "Let Them Go" bursts with energy and demands to be played on repeat. It is a sound that will melt the ears of fans of bands such as Whitechapel, Decapitated, Cryptopsy, and of course, BTBAM.
Active in the early '00s, Glass Casket faded from view after the release of its Desperate Man's Diary album in 2006, with Waring and Richardson committing full-time to Between the Buried and Me.
Waring explains the hiatus:
We never really went anywhere. Everyone just kind of had their own lives and plans. Most of the guys were in college at the time and I just wanted to tour and play as much as possible, so Blake and I ended up in BTBAM. When 'Desperate Man's Diary' was recorded, we'd already released 'Alaska' with BTBAM and had a pretty nonstop touring schedule so there were only a few shows played during that period.
In 2014, Waring and Richardson connected with guitarist Hauch and made moves toward reviving Glass Casket.
Back in 2014, Wes Hauch came and stayed with me for about a month and we put together some material with Blake and demo'd out a few things. I guess it just wasn't the right time, so we just sat on it for a while and stored riffs and parts away for when things lined up. Fast forward to about a year ago... Blake started working on some stuff and emailed us ideas. Everything kind of took shape from there and I started demoing guitars just to see where we were at, how the songs made us feel. Everyone was pretty stoked on the material, so Blake tracked his drums at home, I went in and tracked with [producer] Jamie King, Adam came in and did his vocals with Jamie, and Wes tracked his solos at home. Very fast, very easy process for us at this point, and it came out better than expected. It was time.
Cody muses on how the material has evolved since the old days:
The lyrics on this release are the completion of a circle for me. I've waited a long time to release another album with Glass Casket. Our first two albums were full of despair and heartache. The lyrics on this release are full of drive and determination. They focus on dealing with mental illness and overcoming obstacles one day at a time. It also deals with letting go of past tragedies. The ongoing fight we all deal with on a daily basis. No one is above it.
Stand by for more updates about Glass Casket and the upcoming new self-titled EP.
Glass Casket tracklist:
2) Let Them Go
3) Prison of Empathy
4) For the Living