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Author & Punisher Recruits Tool Members To Guest On New Album “Krüller”, Debuts “Drone Carrying Dread” Video


Author & Punisher, the industrial brainchild of Tristan Shone, will have his new album “Krüller” out through Relapse on February 11th. You can take in a new single from the record right now, as a video directed by Monte Legaspi for the the second track from the album, “Drone Carrying Dread“, has just launched online.

Shone said of that song, which was inspired by Octavia E. Butler’s Parable series:

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“‘Drone Carrying Dread‘ was the first song I wrote on ‘Krüller‘. I had just gotten home from the final tour of the ‘Beastland‘ album cycle and I spent a couple weeks updating my overall tones with a nice balance of sub, saw/synth and tube amp. This track was basically the one where it all clicked and I had these chords that resonated just right, shaking the entire warehouse. It’s a simple but raw progression that was ripe for the addition of synthesizer programming from co-producer Jason Begin [Vytear]. Lyrically, it’s about escape and survival, as the events that were unfolding in 2020 were prophesied by the books I was reading throughout the year.”

As for the album itself, you can expect some more mellower vocal performances to crop up, as he stated:

“Melody has been and is still a part of my sound. I’ve always bathed them in a lot of reverb, delay, and distortion, though. This time around, I was bothered by the wall of distortion I had created. I wanted a little more clarity. I wanted to refine the sound.

I wanted to step back from my own show and analyze it a bit. I had all these competing distortions that I wanted to streamline. I like contrast and wanted the vocals to be immediately noticeable. There’s something about mixing punishing drones and rumble with a mellow thing on top that I really like on ‘Krüller‘.”

Shone managed to bag some of his past high-profile touring mates in Tool to guest on this record, with drummer Danny Carey and bassist Justin Chancellor both having tracked appearances— Chancellor himself is no stranger to playing with Shone. It was not specified which song(s) they appear on. Also notable among the album’s track listing is a cover of “Glory Box” by the pioneering trip hop outfit, Portishead. Pre-orders for the album can be obtained here.

Krüller” track listing:

01 – “Drone Carrying Dread
02 – “Incinerator
03 – “Centurion
04 – “Maiden Star
05 – “Misery
06 – “Glorybox” (Portishead cover)
07 – “Blacksmith
08 – “Krüller

Current Author & Punisher dates include:

02/07 Tallin, EST – Sveta bar
02/08 Riga, LAT – Melna Piektdiena
02/09 Vilnius, LIT – XL 20
02/12 Haarlem, NET – Complextiy Festival
02/13 Antwerp, BEL – Kavka
02/14 Brighton, UK – Patterns
02/15 London, UK – The Underworld
02/16 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
02/17 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
02/18 Newcastle, UK – Cluny
02/19 Birmingham, UK – Castle And Falcon
02/20 Bristol, UK – Fleece
02/21 Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute

With Pertubator & HEALTH:

10/06 Lille, FRA – Aeronef
10/07 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
10/12 Bordeaux, FRA – Krakatoa
10/13 Toulouse, FRA – Bikini
10/14 Madrid, SPA – La Riviera
10/15 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
10/16 Nantes, FRA – Stereolux
10/18 Lyon, FRA – Le Transbordeur
10/19 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
10/20 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
10/21 Munich, GER – Freheiz
10/22 Vienna, AUT – Arena
10/23 Budapest, HUN – Akvarium Nagyhall
10/25 Prague, CZE – Lucerna Music
10/26 Wroclaw, POL – Zaklete Rewiry
10/27 Warsaw, POL – Progresja
10/28 Berlin, GER – Heimathafen
10/29 Goteborg, SWE – Tradgar N
10/30 Stockholm, SWE – Berns
11/01 Helsinki, FIN – Tavastia
11/03 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena
11/04 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
11/05 Hamburg, GER – Uebel & Gefahrlich
11/06 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli
11/08 Cologne, GER – Kantine
11/09 Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhall
11/10 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique

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