Metal Review – Whitehorse – Progression (2011)

Whitehorse - ProgressionThis is a tough one to classify, but is not a tough one to listen to by any means. Whitehorse comes at us with Progression, which is somewhat of a progression from their debut release. Categorized as sludge, but also have aspects of doom, death, blues metal and a few other subgenres of metal, Progression is a very solid release from a band that has just hit my radar and will stay there.

With its abominable tones and solid vocals, Progression is a very nice release from Whitehorse, and if you are a fan of sludge or doom, you need to check out this release.

Oppressive Australian sludge/metal unit WHITEHORSE have confirmed that they will release their latest album, Progression, on both 12? LP and digital download formats to North America via At A Loss Recordings this Summer.

Progression was initially released early this year on CD by Sweat Lung Records, to coincide with WHITEHORSE’s 2011 American tour. The brutal venture took the band through a massive amount of the country, including several performances at this year’s SXSW as well as a full Southeast/East Coast tour alongside The Body, who they not only co-released a split 7? with but who are also now labelmates with via At A Loss Recordings. At A Loss will release Progression digitally on July 5, 2011, and the deluxe LP vinyl format will be released later in the Summer; the lacquers are currently being cut at Chicago Mastering Service by Jason Ward, and a final release date will be announced shortly.

Progression LP Track Listing:
side a
1. Mechanical Disintegration (7:38)
2. Progression (6:10)
3. Control, Annihilate (4:06)
side b
4. Time Worn Regression (9:26)
5. Remains Unknown (10:45)

For the past seven plus years WHITEHORSE has united members of Melbourne’s underground music community, enlisting members from the punk, grindcore, experimental, and noise scenes,  to create crushingly heavy sludge-metal layered with electronics.

Having toured Japan, the United States and Australia, plus having released eight audio documents on a multitude of internationally-based labels including Sweat Lung, Sabbatical, Conspiracy, Blind Date, 20 Buck Spin and more, WHITEHORSE hit their most productive point in 2010, performing in support of several international visitors to Australia including Birushanah, Zeni Geva, Om, Lichens, Wolves In The Throne Room, Monarch, Nadja and Coffins.