Old Man Gloom Stream New Album “Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning”

Old Man Gloom are streaming their new album “Seminar VIII: Light Of Meaning“ in full. That effort will officially be released tomorrow (May 22). This news comes after the group previously surprise released another new album, titled “Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being,” earlier this year.

Old Man Gloom commented:

“As you all are able to hear the full scoop of the newest Seminars, I thought I’d shed a pinch of light on two tracks in particular.

First, Final Defeat.
That one I know I’ve talked a little about, but that was a demo Caleb made for a Zozobra project we never got around to about 5 years ago. He recorded it on his iPad at home, and when he sent it, I sent an email simply saying “WHERE THE FUCK DID THIS COME FROM?”.

Unfortunately we never got around to working on it together, but I’m really grateful we put it on this album. Caleb’s family was kind enough to lend us the iPad to get all the individual tracks off it. We were pretty blown away to find a lot of weird ambient noise and even super distorted weird vocals.

All that stuff at the end is caleb. Of course Steve added vocals and some very contextually inspired lyrics, and Kurt made the recordings sound super beefy, but it’s mostly caleb at home, including of course the only appearance of his bass on the album.

It was really weird for me to record to it in the studio, simultaneously painfully feeling his absence, but joyfully basking in his presence. Emotional is an unbelievable understatement, but the result is something I hope you all can find a fraction of the value we all feel it has.

Steve’s addition of “time to shake our world, prepare to live” hit me like a ton of bricks twice, once when I heard it the first time, and again after the pandemic started. If I was the kinda guy to get word tattoos, I would get this on my damn face.

Second, True Volcano.
This was the original demo Caleb sent us for the song Volcano, on Christmas. It was just one guitar, to show us the arrangement. As you know, we took it from him and butchered it without him knowing.

On the way to rehearsals steve and I were listening to Caleb demos, and I played this one, and we just thought it might be cool to honor Caleb’s original vision for the song. Again, Kurt weaved his magic, Nate added some amazing vocals and lyrics, Aaron wove it into the Gloom fabric, and Steve channeled our man on bass. It, again, became something I couldn’t envision. A true Caleb banger.

Hope you all are finding the light of meaning, and I hope you’re not being bogged down by the darkness of being. I had no idea these titles would find such a prescient hold on our current lives.

Much love!!!“

Benighted Vocalist Julien Truchan Tests Positive For COVID-19, Band Stream New Album “Obscene Repressed”

Benighted’s Julien Truchan has tested positive for COVID-19. The singer contracted the disease while volunteering at a medical facility.

The band commented:

“…This morning we got the sad news that our vocalist Julien Truchan has been tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately he contracted the virus during his volunteer work in a Covid medical department. We wish him strength and good recovery !”

In other news, the group are also streaming their new album “Obscene Repressed” in full. That effort will be released tomorrow (April 10). Drummer Kevin Paradis said the following about that:

“It’s with a lot of pride and excitement that we share this album with you! We can’t wait to have some feedback on our work, and I hope our music will bring you some brutal hours during these difficult times! As drummer of the band since their last EP, I have tried to bring some lightening fast blast beat and double bass drum, some groovy beats, intricate fills and polyrythms, but all of this with a punk spirit mandatory to Benighted Brutal Death Metal/Grindcore spirit!

Anyway, I’ve found in these new songs some of the best guitars riffs I ever had to drum on, and I hope you will like them as much as I do, not to mention the unique vocals of our dear Julien. Let’s wish him a good recovery!”

Old Man Gloom Surprise Release New Album “Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being”

Old Man Gloom have surprise released a new album titled “Seminar IX: Darkness Of Being.” The effort is available in digital outlets now and it will receive a physical release on May 22. As previously reported, the group will also be releasing another new album titled “Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning“ on May 22 as well.

Old Man Gloom commented:

“As we’re all locked down, and uncertain about what will shake out of all this bonkers shit, we at Old Man Gloom have decided to reverse Gloom you all. What is a reverse Gloom? Well, it’s pretty simple. Instead of playing a trick on everyone, we’re going to play a trick on ourselves, and unfortunately for Profound Lore, our record label.

Here’s what was GOING to happen….We made two records. I know, it’s not a surprise, we usually do. Over the course of recording, we had so many plans with how to release it. There was the -let everyone preorder one record, then send them the other one without notice and release the other in stores only.

There was – releasing one, then dropping the other 2 days later without any announcement at all. There was the idea that Aaron and I would make an entirely different record without the other guys knowing and releasing that on the same day to fool our own band.

Eventually we settled on doing all the announcements for Seminar VIII: Light of Meaning, and then a week before its release, drop Seminar IX: Darkness of Being without announcement. A sort of PRE Glooming, if you will. It would’ve been a pleasant surprise for everyone in the lead up to the LoM release, and we get our trick.

Well, since a few weeks ago when we made this plan, the world has drastically changed. We’re all confined to our cities, towns, and mostly our homes right now. Most of us can’t make a living, all of us in Gloom included, and we’re all just sitting and waiting for the tides to turn.

Last week we spoke together and wondered if we could just send “Darkness of Being” out into the world now, to help bring a little light into this situational seclusion. All of us knew one sticking point could be Profound Lore, because our dear friend Chris is running a label, and not everyone exists like Old Man Gloom, most people have a plan and want to succeed on practical terms.

We don’t. We just want to make each other laugh. It should have been very unsurprising that Chris was instantaneously IN for this plan. He’s never said NO to us, he’s been nothing but supportive of our bullshit from day one.

So here it is, truly our gift to you, and the whole world. Please enjoy what we’ve had an amazing time making. These records have taken the simple act of being a band and transcended into a bonding and healing process I never thought music or specifically Old Man Gloom could be.

Almost every song has elements of our last two years without Caleb, and even the songs that aren’t directly related to him are embedded with the emotion and struggle for closure and healing that we’re all going to be in for a long time. This pandemic we’re all living through is creating so much distance between all of us. This is our way of bringing us all a little closer.

Please share, and listen, and talk, and respond. Tell us you love it, tell us you think it sucks, tell your friends that you like our old shit more, or that you wish it was an Old Man’s Child record. We don’t care, just put yourselves into the world through this.

We also ask that you preorder physical copies, or pay for digital in some way, if you can. Not for us, but for Profound Lore, who are always onboard to go against record label practicality to support our silliness, and whom we want to not lose money because of this baloney we cooked up.

– Love
Steve, Nate, Santos, Aaron“