Lafayette, Louisiana based Progressive Sludge Metal duo Radiant Knife premieres the second single “Slumber” taken from their upcoming full-length album “Pressure,” scheduled for release on July 14, 2023. Purchase and Stream the track on Bandcamp:
Emerging from the swamp-ridden landscape of South Louisiana, Radiant Knife features Greg Travasos on drums and Stephen Sheppert at the helm of guitar, synths, and vocals. Principally inspired by artists like Today is the Day, Zeni Geva, Loincloth, Yes, and King Crimson, together, the pair manifests a Heavy sonic landscape rife with unorthodox time signatures, grizzly guitar tones, and layered, sci-fi influenced synth textures.
“Pressure” was self-recorded in early 2022 at the band’s home studio, Starless Sound, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Sunn O))) -16-).
“Pressure” will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats.
Pre-Order on Bandcamp: https://radiantknife.bandcamp.com/album/pressure
Radiant Knife’s critically adored “The Ghost” EP – the second in a two-part EP series released in 2020 – rose from Post-Metal roots with ethereal vibes that embraced space.
This year’s “Pressure” is a crusty-eyed gaze into the crushing weight of the modern world with the energy of each song progressing to the ultimate exhale of final track, “Demon Legs.” “Pressure” is all about the riff, with metal focused production, breakneck time changes and a fast-paced delivery that would satiate any Botch fan.
Elaborates the band on the record’s surrounding themes: “While not every song deals with it, a lot of the album’s lyrics center around being sold on the American dream, but also realizing it’s oftentimes used as a thin veil to cloak a dubious system/entity aimed at bleeding you dry, even after death. A lot of ‘pressure’ comes with that, and a means of dealing with it could be taking a nihilistic mindset as expressed in the song Give Yourself Away, or trying to outrun the rat race as expressed in the aforementioned song, Demon Legs.”
02. Ghost Samurai
03. Phil Collins Was Right
04. Give Yourself Away
05. Sunsets From Space
07. His Capa Was Detated
09. Demon Legs
Stephen Sheppert / Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Greg Travasos / Drums