|2011-08-12 : Rue Confirm New Album Details|
Akron, Ohio-based sludge band RUE have again planted their vile seed, and in these putrid days of Summer, in this foul Year Of Our Lord 2011, these corruptive crops are nearing harvest. The vines that shall sprout forth will take the form of Thorns, RUE 's first new release in over three years, and their first on CD in over seven.
Preceded by their 2003 self-titled CD (re-released later on LP), a split CD with Aldebaran in 2004, and their 2008 vinyl-only A Heart Held by Demons EP, RUE’s newly completed Thorns is a full-length affair, comprised of twelve new life-ruining anthems clocking in around an hour in duration. The album bears marks of progress for RUE, the band having spent the last four years honing their craft, cultivating influences and focusing wholly on creating their best music ever. Here they wander paths familiar to some of their more expansive influences such as Neurosis, High On Fire, Deftones and Mastodon and more, yet Thorns is fully infected by the same scathing animosity the thugs are infamous for throughout the sludge metal circuit, all the while placing an emphasis on pulverizing your existence into a gritty puddle.
The CD pressing of Thorns is set for release through independent stalwart Shifty Records on October 4th, 2011 -- through whom the entire RUE catalog to date has been released -- and an LP pressing will follow at a later date. Without a doubt, Thorns promises to be one of the sludge metal scene’s top exports of the year.