It was a six-year long cock tease.
And fuckin' hell am I glad it's over. Well, for me it is, you guys are still getting snippets of the new Banner album The Greying. Though last year we got the awesome Melotov Records release Born to Ruin I: The Way is Shut, it was barely enough.
Luckily, The Banner has unleashed…something different. More in the vein of the Zola Jesus cover that Born to Ruin showcased, but still with a slathering of Frailty mixed in there. And the track “Dusk” from Frailty. “Send Me Down” shows that Joey (or JSS) and crew have evolved into something a little different. Something more sinister; something that's begun to blister and peel.
“Send Me Down” manages to feel as calm as it is creepy. And perhaps this is the best possible preview you can get right now. Fans of The Banner know the reputation for their crushing aggression and horror/gothic infused sound. Frailty was one of the most intense and heavy smashers from 2008 that lyrically felt like it could have come from the mind of Clive Barker during his Hellbound Heart novel.
Though here you have something different. Something a lot more sinister and moody. Something that burns a little slower but is ultimately still The Banner.
And in case you missed it, they also premiered “Crippling Despair” recently. Check that out too, it is awesome and a lot more blasty.