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Lumbar : The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome

To some people with a particularly brutal taste in metal, guitarist and drummer Aaron Edge is something of a legend, with time served in cult outfits like Himsa, Iamthethorn, Roareth and Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, and his latest – and most likely final – venture Lumbar suggests he is just as highly regarded by his fellow musicians. Earlier this year, Edge was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and decided to commit one last musical statement to tape whilst he was still able; keen to assist, his good friends (and bandmates in BOTSC) Tad Doyle (Tad) and Mike Scheidt (YOB) joined the cause and cranked out what has rapidly become one of 2013’s most eagerly anticipated metal releases. The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome, out digitally and on vinyl this week (UK/EU) via Southern Lord, is a monolithic slab of the kind of oppressive, glacially-paced doom that Pacific Northwesterners seem to do so well, layering painfully howled vocal mantras over pulverising drums and sludgy, serrated guitars to ultimately triumphant effect. CD and cassette versions of the album will be released soon (via Lumbar themselves and the Holy Mountain label respectively), with all of the band’s profits going towards Edge’s treatments and medical expenses; listen below and dig deep if you want to help.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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