Megaton Leviathan ready new LP, touring w/ Vaital Deul, playing NYC w/ Theologian & more (dates, streams)
by Ian Chainey
Portland's Megaton Leviathan are currently on tour with Vaital Deul. Both bands are helping to get the word out regarding Megaton Leviathan's next release, the miraculous Past 21: Beyond the Arctic Cell which is out next week (9/9) via Seventh Rule Recordings. Why miraculous? Well, following their first album, the doom/psych band's future seemed to be in serious doubt. But lone-remaining member Andrew James Costa Reuscher has kept at it, shouldering the load and delivering a whale of a sophomore LP.
We recently premiered opener "Past 21" on Invisible Oranges and the track adds all kinds of wrinkles to Megaton Leviathan's atmospheric-rich music. Andrew James Costa Reuscher has kept the gaze-y Nadja-isms in place, but has twisted it to fit a new rhythmic sense, one that recalls older Neurosis. Stick around until the four-minute mark and you're treated to some soaring leads that feel fully earned. If blurry and beautiful doom and gloom is your thing, it's worth giving a spin.
For their live show, Megaton Leviathan have been filled out to a three-piece, with engineer Mort Subite and drummer Markus Covello (both from V.I.I.R.L.) lending their talents. The trio's tour hits NYC's The Acheron on September 7 with Theologian, Kosmodemonic, and Vailtal Deul. Tickets are available now. The full list of dates appears below.
Speaking of, the abrasive death-synth artist Theologian will be releasing a vinyl version of their 2013 speaker-exploder Some Things Have To Be Endured on September 15 through Crucial Blast. The blackened Kosmodemonic -- who played with Watain earlier in the year -- put out debut EP Chapel Perilous in April and previewed the swirling "Kali" from a forthcoming full-length around that same time. Vaital Deul membership includes Mort Subite and tags themselves as, "Orchestral Post-Doom, depressive neo-folk and other grim sounding buzz-descriptors." Noted.
All of the dates are listed, along with streams for the bands (minus the secretive Vaital Deul), below...
Megaton Leviathan -- 2014 North American Tour
9/03/2014 Quarters - Milwaukee, WI
9/04/2014 Ghost House - Bloomington, IN
9/05/2014 5th Quarter Lounge - Indianapolis, IN
9/07/2014 Acheron - NYC, NY
9/08/2014 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
9/09/2014 The Crown - Baltimore, MD
9/10/2014 Static Age - Asheville, NC
9/12/2014 Springwater - Nashville, TN
9/14/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
9/15/2014 TBA - Austin, TX
9/16/2014 TBA - Dallas, TX
9/18/2014 Bar Bar - Denver, CO