This is a collaboration that seems almost too perfect: Theologian, New York’s “blackened synth-death” act and Lament Cityscape, purveyors of“larva rock” from Oakland, were brought together by David Brenner (Gridfailure, The Earsplit Compound) and David Rodgers (Godhunter, Battleground Records) and the resultant album, Soft Tissue, is a fantasia of industrial degeneracy and post-metal heft.
Recorded between Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016, Soft Tissue is an examination of the fragility our bodies, and of the subjective moralities that define our civilization. Their bleak message is delivered with a seamless integration of both groups: shuddering percussive attacks, heavy riffs, swelling drones, and vocals strangled by their own hopelessness.
It’s a release that could draw comparisons to everything from Nine Inch Nails and Rob Zombie to Neurosis, a point where fans of both Theologian and Lament Cityscape can converge and enjoy.
During the collaboration process, Lee Bartow woke one morning from a dream that Theologian had recorded a cover of “Merciless” by Godflesh. Possessed with a desire to make that dream come true, he told Dave Brenner and Mike McClatchey about it the next day, and by that afternoon Mike had recorded a rough version of it. It’s included as a secret track on Soft Tissue, an extra tear of the flesh at the end of an oppressive journey. We have it here today for your listening pleasure.
Soft Tissue was produced and mixed by Mike McClatchey at Underland Studios, with supplemental production by Lee Bartow at Abandon All Hope, and mastered by James Plotkin.