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Tam Hoang 8:30 a.m., Aug. 25
You might be a little perplexed when you hear Tristan Shone - a machine fabricator who uses his inventions to compose devastating industrial doom-drone metal as one-man band Author & Punisher - say that his music “comes from a very positive place.”
His April full-length, Ursus Americanus, adds to the whirring, arcade racecar sounds of his 2010 LP Drone Machines with the articulated bass and snare hits of his more recently homespun “dub machines,” which, by timbre and intensity alone, sound like an erratic Venetian Snares breakcore track slowed down to about 16th speed and then glazed in hell chasm reverb.
“I'm not a troubled human being,” Shone continues. “I don't have any desire for pain and suffering. I think that's where punk rock might differ from doom metal. Doom metal is combining a feeling of devastation with a moment of emotional inspiration. It's very positive. Either way, you give yourself to this overwhelming sound.”
Look for the full interview in upcoming issues of The Reader.
In the meantime, give a listen to Ursus Americanus - an album which is already generating plenty of buzz in bloglandia and will more than likely be remembered as a landmark of Author & Punisher’s bourgeoning reign in the charred goat skin chronicles of heavy metal nobility.
Also, check out the video for single Terrorbird, filmed at the USCD machine shop where Shone works by day engineering precision optical equipment: