I’ve been waiting for a proper Order of the Owl track to post for quite some time now, and while they’ve made some decent-to-solid raw mixes and outtakes available in the past, I never felt that the recordings lived up to the expectations set by the band’s intriguing lineup. Led by former Zoroaster bassist Brent Anderson, the stoner/doom metal trio also includes drummer Corey Pallon of What Happened to Your Fire, Tiger? and guitarist Casey Yarborough of Authors Apology and the Charges, and with that kind of firepower at their disposal only exemplary efforts will suffice. Well, last night the group finally posted the first mastered single from their upcoming five-song debut, In the Noon of the After Day. So does it live up to the (admittedly self-created) hype?
The answer would be an emphatic yes. “Cocaine Super Demon” is a hard-boiled, bluesy stomper driven by Yarborough’s buzzsaw guitars and an all-encompassing psychedelic aura that lifts the song from the general ranks of stoner and doom metal that’s content to allow some detuned distortion and a few sludgy riffs define its sound. You won’t hear the plodding drumming or meandering solos so typical of the genres and despite the title there’s no frantic up-tempo heaviness either. This is loud, bruising, groove-centered rock, a rumbling juggernaut that’s as melodic as it is forceful. There is as much Zeppelin here as, say, Sleep, and it’s that sort of versatility that makes their music (well, at least this song) so potent. Give it a listen below.
As for when In the Noon of the After Day might be released, that remains somewhat of a mystery. Word is that the trio have generated some label interest and are waiting to see how that plays out. Their Bandcamp page has June 6th listed, but we all know how reliable those dates can be. As soon as the band makes more info available we’ll be sure to let you know.
In the meantime, be sure to check out Order of the Owl when they headline the Cottage on Friday, January 27th. Mind Powers and newish group And That is Why are scheduled to open so make sure to get there early. Doors open at 8pm and $5 gets you in.