"This UK-based quartet navigates an instrumental path somewhere between metal, post-rock, and John Zorn, incorporating these influences into a novel amalgam of structure and free improvisation. Somehow, they manage to move together in a cohesive fashion while simultaneously heading in different directions. A highly recommended release." Mike Borello (Avant Music News)
"Best Avant-Garde Jazz album of 2018" Dave Tremblay (HeavyBlogIsHeavy)
"a cloud of free improv and noise metal madness" Antonio Poscic (Free Jazz Collective)
"in your face insanity" DT (HeavyBlogIsHeavy)
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Iluso Records presents its 10th release and the first of 2018, Shifted by Death Drag. Shifted is perhaps the most ambitious excursion in noise terror from drummer/composer Mike Caratti, who calls upon his long-time London based collaborators to bring life to his extreme experiment.
Unadulterated avant-garde noise-metal - Shifted moves from a dream-like trance into a frenzied state of thrashing chaos, transporting the listener to an unknown world where the elements of contemporary creative music are distorted beyond recognition.
Caratti’s compositional approach crosses the worlds of contemporary classical music and avant-garde jazz in a noise metal context. Blurring the schism between compositional form and free-improvisation, inspiration is widely drawn from the harmonic theories of Messiaen, electric period Mile Davis through to 90’s thrash metal.
Death Drag are Mike Caratti on drums and compositions, Roberto Sassi on electric guitar, Santiago Horro on electric bass and Luke Barlow on Fender Rhodes and keyboards. Each artist is a veteran of the UK noise/rock and improvised music scenes. Sassi and Horro are long time collaborators of Alex Ward and members of his acclaimed band Forebrace. Barlow and Horro form half of the iconic UK art rock band Nøught.
released January 25, 2018
Mike Caratti - drums and compositions
Roberto Sassi - electric guitar
Santiago Horro - electric bass
Luke Barlow - Fender Rhodes and keyboards
Recorded by Frank Byng at Snorkel Studios, London in January 2017. Mixed by Frank Byng.
Mastered by Sardi at Sugarland Studios.
Original artwork by Shea Walsh.