Hey JNR friends.
Earlier this week Sound of Ceres landed a spot on NPR's All Songs Considered. "Dagger Only Run" comes off the band's debut album, Nostalgia For Infinity, out March 4th on yours truly (us, JNR).
Let's get one thing straight. This album is not for the faint of heart. We're talkin' real edgy, hard-hitting stuff here, folks. In fact, it's a surprise that even Bob and Robin's hardened, road-worn palettes could stomach such sonic ferocity. Hipsters beware: this is by no means an album to "vibe out" or "chill" to. This album will literally kill you. That is, of course, unless one's heart is strong and constitution steadfast. Honestly, I can't even listen to this album. As a lowly intern, I am subject to all music coming through the label, and I'd be lying if I told you I walked away from this album without my ears/spirit severely maimed. The closest one could come to describing the experience would to liken it to that of a face-to-face encounter with the seraphim of Ezekiel, four heads and all, wheeling paradoxically through the sky declaring the terror and woe of divine wrath. But that really only describes the first single from the album, "Hand of Winter," found below.
I've never met Karen, or any other of the bands intimidatingly stoic members. But the sheer magnitude of their sound is so intense that one can only imagine that any encounter with the band itself, physical or metaphysical, would buckle the knees of the even the most seasoned crust-punk mosh pit veteran. Just mere mention of the group, like the blinding light of their galactic namesake, begets an undeniable "presence" in the room, assuming the structure in which the name is haphazardly whispered is sound enough the bear the weight its cosmic significance, or at least up to code. Thankfully, the big-wigs here at the office have taken all necessary precautions toward such endeavors.
If you are brave, you may pre-order the album on the Joyful Noise website.