Prolific extreme sonic manipulators Gridfailure are releasing a brand new album tomorrow, Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I, via Nefarious Industries. Celebrating three years since being birthed into existence, Gridfailure makes brutal, ugly psalms for people gravitating to the seedy underbelly of the heavy-weird musical landscape. Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I marks the first of five new albums, a series of concept records serving as a lit match to the gasoline-drenched house of cards that is our borrowed-time of life on Earth. Stream the album now!
Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery I is over fifty-two minutes of horrid soundscapes and was entirely conceived, written, executed, recorded, mixed, and completed with hand drawn art by Gridfailure’s architect David Brenner who plays vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, electric, analog, and acoustic drums, keys, synth, harmonica, violin, theremin, field recordings, and more. Many elements of the record were written in times of blackout – including lyrics and themes written during a long blackout during Superstorm Sandy before Gridfailure’s was formed – and elements recorded during open air sessions during extreme storms including outdoors, and more, helping embody the outfit’s moniker itself.
Additionally, the series embodies a wide range of contributions from fellow conspirators who help including bass from Greg Meisenberg (A Fucking Elephant, Maid Myriad, Tombs-live), vocals from Joy Von Spain (Eye Of Nix, To End It All), accordion from Benjamin Levitt (Megalophobe, Gridfailure-live), guitar from Pete Tsakiris, ukulele from Christopher Henry (Humans Etcetera, Fuck Your Birthday), and drums from BJ Allen (Full Scale Riot). The album was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Kool Keith, Dwarves, Krieg, AxCx.).
Previously hailed by Ghost Cult and other press as an essential artist for the future, our scribe Richie HRopined last year about Gridfailure “…how distinctive it sounds, and how easily it stands apart from similar releases. It could be described as a mash-up of Power Electronics, Dark Ambient and Death Industrial, and references can be drawn to other artists… but there’s no sense of following an inspiration here, more that sole musician David Brenner stumbled onto this sound by himself.” yet possessing “a strong demonstration of how interesting, characterful and even accessible music that rejects traditional song-writing can be”.