EXILE ON MAINSTREAM TO RELEASE THE DEBUT ALBUM BY AMP-ABUSERS BELLROPE
From the ashes of BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS, and raised on a diet of doom, noise and crust punk, thriving in the international DIY/squat communities come BELLROPE, a band who dub themselves as “the total absence of tonal sanity“.
Exile On Mainstream label owner Andreas Kohl remarks “in utter contradiction to your usual heavy rock bands with an esoteric twist and the common (non)sense of interweaving ritualistic riff-mongery with some heritage-purveying focus to ancient rites, rituals and ideologies, BELLROPE are a hurricane of fresh air, well needed and even more welcome. There will be no antlers, mandalas, fur or badly drawn symbols on stage when they are coming after you. BELLROPE don’t need to charge their sonic urgency with ideology.“
Driven by a rabid sense of urgency, and with a simple goal in mind: “Amp hauling and amp abusing“, BELLROPE’s sonic maelstrom traverses many different plains of heavy, oft recognisable but never bound to one formula. Case in point being the visceral album opener, more than a pallette cleanser, this is sensory overload, total tonal (in)sanity. Elsewhere the stomping second track ‘Old Overholt’ replete with blood curdling bellows, pays tribute to the iconic rye whiskey, whilst the morose duelling vocals (of Arne Heesch and Yvonne Ducksworth of label-mates Treedeon), and sonic samples on ‘TD 200’ carry that colossal track to a climatic end, leading into the album closer ‘CBD/ Hereinunder’, a heavy combination of chugging guitars and psych-like leads locking into a repetitive, almost entrancing groove.
You Must Relax is their debut album incoming on Exile On Mainstream 22nd February 2019. Find preorders at the label webshop.
1. Hollywood 2001 Rollrost
2. Old Overholt
3. You Must Relax
5. CBD Hereinunder
BELLROPE is booking live performances in support of You Must Relax, including a run through Germany in early February. This will be followed by performances at the Exile On Mainstream 20th Anniversary Parties this year, April 4th through 7th at UT Connewitz in Leipzig, Germany, and on April 13th at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands.
Dates and details below.
BELLROPE Live dates:
06/02/2019 Lükaz – Lünen, DE w/ Eisenvater
07/02/2019 Zukunft am Ostkreuz – Berlin, DE w/ Eisenvater
08/02/2019 Rosenkeller – Jena, DE w/ Eisenvater
06/04/2019 UT Connewitz – Leipzig, DE @ 20 Years Exile On Mainstream
13/04/2019 Roadburn Festival – Tilburg, NL @ 20 Years Exile On Mainstream
For fans of Celestial-era ISIS, early-Cult Of Luna, Old Man Gloom and Black Shape Of Nexus