Agoraphobic Nosebleed was already a force to be reckoned with, having built a reputation as one of the most unfuckable-with grindcore bands out around. With Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull leading the band, they’ve released four full length albums over the course of 11 years, their last being 1999’s Agorapocalypse. They’ve released some EPs, one-offs and spits since then, and their most recent material has found them becoming much more of a stoner/doom band, while still maintaining their uncompromising heaviness. The addition of Kat Katz, formerly of Salome, has proven to be a welcome one, and the band are streaming their forthcoming EP, Arc, right now at Noisey.
The three-song EP is stellar. In an interview with Noisey, Katz states that each band member of ANB is writing an EP in a different musical style. This is Katz’s, and it’s influenced by bands like Crowbar and Black Sabbath. Katz, also a yoga instructor, says that the album, specifically “Not a Daughter” and “Deathbed,” are about her caring for her mother, who died of cancer. You can sense that it was cathartic for her, and it’s extremely riffy.
Arc will be released tomorrow, 1/22, on Relapse Records. Stream it below, and preorder it here.