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Snares of Sixes (Ex-Agalloch) – “Retroperistalsis” (Song Premiere)

Photo by Cody Keto
Photo by Cody Keto

The road into Jason William “JWW” Walton’s psyche is paved with strange colors and abstract shapes. Though more widely known for his work with Agalloch, JWW’s work as the central figure in avant-garde metal collective Self Spiller, as well as the conduit for Especially Like Sloth’s bizarre in excessum, paints the larger percentage of his discography in a much more experimental shade of luminous chrome. Ever one to challenge norms, JWW returns once more with Snares of Sixes, a new collaborative effort which fuses classic, Psychic TV industrial transience with metallic overtones and IDM energy. Featuring fellow Agalloch alumnus Don Anderson, Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass closer “Retroperistalsis” ends this brief EP on its most aggressive note, echoing late-stage Dødheimsgard’s industrialized black metal madness with the stuttering horror of Geogaddi‘s most overwhelming climaxes. All the name-dropping and points of comparison aside, Snares of Sixes’s opening statement flows with an organic quality, taking elements from the various styles with which JWW has experimented over the past few decades.

Crucial Blast will be handling the CD release of Yeast Mother: An Electroacoustic Mass on May 5th. Order it here. Featuring guest performances by Marius Sjøli and Robert Hunter (Hollow Branches), Andy Winter (Winds), Pete Lee (Lawnmower Deth), Nathanaël Larochette (Musk Ox), and Don Anderson (Agalloch, Sculptured), among others, Snares of Sixes’s mechanical madness is far-reaching and enthralling. Head below for a first listen to EP closer “Retroperistalsis.”

From Jason William Walton:

“Retroperistalsis” is the closer to Yeast Mother, and it encapsulates all the elements of this record in one song. This is by far the most difficult song I have ever written. It went through multiple revisions, multiple edits, it was definitely a puzzle to map out and complete. Now, it stands as the final gasp on this album, and is one of my proudest moments as a songwriter.

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