Atlanta’s critically acclaimed metal band WITHERED have released their new album, ‘Grief Relic’. The album, hailed as “a smarter and more sophisticated version of Withered, staking out territory in a more expansive landscape.” (Stereogum) is streaming now at the official WITHERED bandcamp page.
The highly anticipated full-length is available across multiple CD and LP formats here.
Regarding ‘Grief Relic’, vocalist/guitarist Mike Thompson comments:
“You know, there’s a feeling of urgency coupled with frustration when you’re communicating something to those who do not fluently speak your language. Especially when the details & nuances of that message are what matters most and what’s most easily lost. Compound the situation with the fact that your message is not necessarily what people even want to hear, but you know they need to hear it. Every Withered album has been a step in bridging that gap and Grief Relic is definitely the biggest and most intentional one yet. We’re simply casting our vote for where extreme metal should be headed by creating what is missing from heavy music today. We’re just focused on progress while honoring our roots. We’re not too interested in distracting our listeners with gimmicks or placating them with familiar palatability.”
The artwork, painted by acclaimed artist Paul Romano (MASTODON, TRIVIUM, HATE ETERNAL, BARONESS), can be found above.
1. Leathery Rind
2. A Realm of Suffering
4. Feeble Gasp
7. Distort, Engulf
8. To Glimpse Godliness
WITHERED have also announced a U.S. tour. The Metalsucks sponsored tour begins on July 5, sees the band travel throughout the country alongside Richmond’s INTER ARMA. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Formed in 2003, WITHERED has created waves in the North American underground through the release of 3 critically acclaimed full lengths. The band’s music, characterized by highly introspective, dark and tumultuous lyrics traverses many sub-genres of extreme metal and show a band evolving from one album to the next.
For the release of ‘Grief Relic’, the band have enlisted the talents of acclaimed bass player Colin Marston (GORGUTS, DYSRHYTMIA, KRALLICE, and more), and Ethan McCarthy on vocals and guitar (PRIMITIVE MAN).
WITHERED tour dates:
All dates with INTER ARMA
Jul. 5 Washington DC @ DC9
Jul. 6 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Jul. 8 NYC/Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Jul. 9 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Jul. 10 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting room
Jul. 11 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Jul. 12 Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
Jul. 13 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Jul. 14 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club
Jul. 15 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Jul. 16 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Jul. 19 Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Jul. 20 Portland, OR @ Dour Fir
Jul. 21 Eugene, OR @ TBD
Jul. 22 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Jul. 23 Glendale, CA @ Complex
Jul. 24 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Jul. 25 Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Jul. 27 El Paso, TX @ The Sandbox
Jul. 28 San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
Jul. 29 Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Jul. 30 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Jul. 31 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Aug. 1 Birmingham, AL @ Spring Street Firehouse
Aug. 2 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Aug. 3 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight