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Turbid North – “Eyes Alive” (Album Stream Premiere)

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Many metal acts draw their sound from their hometown territory and you can tell: Swampy Southern sludge from NOLA’s Eyehategod and Georgia’s Black Tusk. Panopticon, natives of Louisville, literally titled a record Kentucky. And i’m not sure Agalloch could ever not draw from the hazy Pacific Northwest surrounding of Portland. So what is to be made of Turbid North, a band originally from Alaska but now living in Texas, two terrains that couldn’t be more different?

What comes forth is their new record, Eyes Alive. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the sun has become a red giant (as you can see in the album art above) and people are forced to live underground, the album follows one man’s struggle with the terrain and the planet’s fractured institutions. Head below to hear all nine, carefully curated tracks.

“We’ve lived with these songs for a couple years now and it feels amazing to be able to finally share them with everyone,” guitarist/vocalis Nick Furkel explained. “We originally wrote 15 songs and ended up choosing these 9 because they just worked together the best. With that being said, I think Eyes Alive has more of an album vibe in the classic sense than Orogeny did. It’s meant to be listened from beginning to end. There’s a story in there and it’s interesting to see where it goes both musically and thematically. Obviously when 5 years passes by for a band you’re gonna see some musically growth and progression. I think this material is much stronger, (and I don’t mean just heavier), but overall the songwriting has matured and that was the number one goal in creating the album.”

Coming out on November 20th, you can per-order the album HERE.

—Kelly Kettering

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