Shutout

by Brown Angel

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    This is the LP version of "Shutout", the new album by Brown Angel. The run is limited to 300 copies and is pressed on clear vinyl. All copies include full-color artwork, insert and download card. Mastered by James Plotkin (O.L.D., Khanate, Khlyst).


    The odds didn’t favor a new Brown Angel record. Yet, despite a lineup scattered across continents and a 2012 breakup (which ended with a 2013 rapprochement), the Pittsburgh, PA noise-metal trio roar back from the abyss with "Shutout", their third LP and first for Brooklyn's Sleeping Giant Glossolalia records.

    “Shutout” finds Mike Rensland (bass, also of Night Vapor), John Roman (drums, also of Microwaves), and Adam MacGregor (guitar, vocals) shedding most of the melodic trappings of 2013's "Agonal Harvest". The trio instead serves up a brief but bracing program rife with gnarled, feedback-soused riffs, martial rhythms and the seismic thrum of Rensland's bass. Brown Angel's music remains rooted in early '90s death metal and grindcore, post-punk, experimental noise, and no wave, while never neglecting a commitment to the song itself. Some new ventures in arrangement – the layered vocals and mellotron in “Coward’s Progress”, and the orchestral percussion and free-jazz blasts that augment "See That I Am Scourged's" lopsided industrial grind – mirror a focus on solemnity and fugue-like repetition throughout. Like "Lysol" or even "Diver Down" before it, "Shutout" ends with a pair of covers: Chrome’s “Armageddon” and Husker Du’s “Data Control," which apply similar treatment to those masters' works to a shattering effect.

    "Shutout" was recorded and engineered by Jason Jouver (of Don Caballero and Creta Bourzia), at Pittsburgh's +/- (Plus/Minus) Studio, and mastered for vinyl by James Plotkin. Find out more at brownangel.bandcamp.com and www.sleepinggiantglossolalia.com.


    "In an exceptionally shitty year, this pessimistic record might not do much to cheer you up. But, like iodine on a cut, it might do you some good. The doom/experimental metal three-piece has always had a knack for grotesque melody, drawing oddly catchy riffs out of unforgiving industrial sludge. But while Shutout is hardly easy listening, it feels bigger, heavier and warmer than the band’s past output (the b-side covers of tracks by Chrome and Hüsker Dü are at least partly responsible for this). “Accessible” might sound like dubious praise for a band known for harshing mellows. But at a time where we could all use a little catharsis, Shutout feels as cozy as a lead blanket."- Margaret Welsh, Pittsburgh City Paper, 11.16.2016

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shutout via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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released November 21, 2016

Adam MacGregor: guitar, vocals, synth, samples
John Roman: drums and metals
Mike Rensland: bass guitar

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Ben Opie: alto saxophone
Stephen Roach: tenor saxophone

Recorded December-March 2014 at +/- Studios, Pittsburgh, PA. Engineered and mixed by Jason Jouver.
Mastered by James Plotkin (www.plotkinworks.com)

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Brown Angel Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Brown Angel is a post-everything trio from Pittsbvrgh, PA, U$A. RIYL noise rock raga, teutonic industrial aesthetic, Hellhammer-grade weaponized dub.

Roman: kit
MacGregor: guitar/vox
Rensland: bass gravity sink
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