For over fifteen years, New England’s WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKS has lurked in the dark corners of underground metal. With a doom style both psychedelic and unsettling, their music has been labeled many things – heavy, daunting, overwhelming, unnerving – while the band is singer/guitarist Aaron Lewis’s gritty vision of life on the subcultural fringes of New England society. Following five highly acclaimed studio records, a split, and a remix album to date, WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKS has announced their worldwide signing with Italy’s powerhouse label Argonauta Records, who will proudly release the band’s forthcoming album, entitled “As Hope Valley Burns,” during 2021!
“We are extremely excited to release this record worldwide with Argonauta Records and see where the future takes us,” Lewis comments. “Argonauta has been very welcoming and has a massive reach around the world. We feel that this is going to be a long an exciting journey!”
For more than a decade the Connecticut-based trio has carved a niche for themselves within the interplay of extreme genres. They are no less at home in grind than they are in pummeling sludge or ambient soundscaping, casting forth triumphant riffs or proffering murder-dirge nods at a volume level that can only be considered violent. WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKS have always struck a balance between the ugly and beauty: long compositions wade through detuned, discordant, and murky sludge before shifting into melodic ambient space rock territories, and back again. It’s not hard to see that cinema is often what informs Lewis’s songwriting: the grueling discomfort of E. Elias Merhige or surreality of David Lynch have provided as much inspiration as his musical influences.
Give ear, as WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKS has just unleashed a first album sneak peak with a video clip for the heavy as hell track “The Crushing Weight of the Sun,” watch it right here:
The band is no stranger to the stage, having played the SXSW, New England Stoner & Doom Fest, and toured the southwest in 2018. As the pandemic recedes, the trio looks forward to bringing Lewis’s dark vision back to the stage, unleashing “As Hope Valley Burns” on unsuspecting and often unprepared audiences. “This album is a unique one for WHEN THE DEADBOLT BREAKS. We have pushed our boundaries sonically,” Lewis reveals. “The heavy is heavier, and the mellow, spacial parts are even more so. Akin to our first few records, we have returned to more aggressive drumming, and psychedelic spaces, yet this record has a certain depth and maturity to it that was missing in the past.”
“As Hope Valley Burns” is slated for a release during 2021 through Argonauta Records, with many more album details, pre-order info, and songs to follow in the weeks ahead. They have also been added to the bill of this years’ Maryland Doom Fest.