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Sludge is an oppressive experience akin to a live burial in concrete. It is the patient lava flow, cracked and smoldering, consuming all in its insatiable quest towards annihilation. The creeping death oozes forward at a glacial pace, resisting any attempts to halt its progress. On their upcoming EP The All Penetrating Silence, Norwegian trio Kite blend the smothering, fuzzed textures of sludge with livelier post-hardcore tempos and melodic leads to arrive at a release that retains the former’s heaviness while offering a dynamic range of moods across its four tracks.

Jam the EP’s brash second track “Entropic Ruin” in our exclusive premiere below:

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On “Entropic Ruin,” Kite take the foundational elements of sludge and rejuvenate them, extruding their raw materials through the intro’s effervescent die. They maintain a firm grip on pacing, knowing when to trigger resolution and when to persist in the climb. In doing so, the band exploit the potency of tension development and release, manipulating emotion with a surgeon’s finesse as they allow their searing progressions to resolve in catharsis.

The song’s triplet grooves allot plenty of space for drummer Bjarne Ryen Berg to mold the beat with shifting snare placements and stuttered kicks under his straightforward cymbal timekeeping. Bassist Ole Christian Helstad’s screams are as scathing as those of any self-respecting black metal vocalist, while guitarist Ronny Flissundet’s chorus cleans are a crustier, throatier version of Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue.

Full of impellent riffs and bombastic drumming and capped by a riveting two-pronged vocal assault, “Entropic Ruin” is the most concise of the EP’s four tracks, brimming throughout with incendiary energy.

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Sludgelord Records will release The All Penetrating Silence on June 8th in digital format and as a co-release with 60/40 Records in vinyl on August 10th. Pre-order both on Kite’s Bandcamp.

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