Friday, October 28, 2011

Sun Splitter @ Mortville 10.8.2011

Howdy folks. Been awhile since we checked in. We've been busy since our summer tour doing a lot of writing, and not much else. A couple weeks ago we debuted our new track Time Cathedral at Mortville, and here it is for you all to check out. The song is split into two videos below:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Sun Splitter/Bridesmaid June tour dates

Next up: Thursday June 2nd at Memories with Across Tundras and Angel Eyes

After that we'll be hitting the road for a bit. We're kicking it off with a killer show at Mortville on June 17th with Tiger Hatchery, Lechuguillas and Socially Retarded then doing the following dates with Bridesmaid.

6/18/2011 - Cleveland, OH @ 71st Door w/Black Bloc, Dead Peasant Insurance, Fascist Insect
6/19/2011 - Buffalo, NY @ The Sound Lab w/ Dirt Eyes and Sonorous Gale
6/20/2011 - Philadelphia, PA @ The M Room w/Burden and Sadgiqacea
6/21/2011 - Wilmington, DE @ The Baum Shelter
6/22/2011 - Raleigh, NC @ Slim's w/ Squall and Hog
6/23/2011 - Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton Collective
6/24/2011 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bobs

Monday, April 25, 2011

Brainwashed Review: Sun Splitter/Bridesmaid split

Brainwashed had some nice words to say about the new split 7" with Bridesmaid.

Link Here.

"After recently loving the Sun Splitter cassette on Land of Decay, I had high hopes going into this split and they most certainly came through. Their half here stands up proudly with that tape, which is no easy feat, and the Bridesmaid side is no slouch either.

Bridesmaid, who I was not really familiar with are definitely sailing similar waters to Sun Splitter, but still put their own unique spin on things. "Vilkin' It For All It's Worth" is a fully instrumental piece that initially conjures up images of smoke and bong water, with its overdriven bass and garage band drums that are just the right amount of messy. It’s an unrelenting headbanging delight until the final 30 seconds or so, where it just goes full bore into grindcore assault, shattering the comfortable repetition that preceded it violently.

On the other side, "Plum Blossom" by Sun Splitter is cut from the same cloth as their tape. Opening with a robotic cymbal passage into their wonderfully diverse Sabbath riffs, the track is pure noisy bliss. While the song doesn’t quite transform into as many odd configurations as some of their other songs, it does carefully balance a repeated vocal mantra with big, caveman riffs and more complex guitar notes, dissolving into screams and noise in the middle segment. Subtlety is tossed out the window at the end, when the drum machine is programmed for "machine gun" and the guitar is pure death metal.

Paired together, they both highlight different aspects of the sludgy, post-doom metal scene. The contrast between Bridesmaid's ramshackle drums and Sun Splitter's digital precision is especially noticeable since both are matched with heavy, fuzzed out bass guitars, but neither is better than the other, they're just different: different, but equally badass."

Show report, 4.24 @ the Bottle

Thanks to everyone who made it out last night! We knew there were plenty of you heathens that wouldn't let a measly resurrection stop you.

Oyarsa kicked off the night, with a brutal minimalist slant on blackened doom. Northless from Milwaukee pummeled the bottle and sounded better than ever on the nice P.A. system. We went on last, and managed to make our way through a new track without a hitch. Excellent night all around, and as always thanks to the Empty Bottle for having us.

Next up: Thursday, May 5th @ the Impala Gallery in Rogers Park w/ Mind over Mirrors and Steven Hess/Mike Weiss

Monday, March 28, 2011

7" Available for order now!

We spent an incredible weekend on the road with Lechuguillas and Bridesmaid, and celebrated the release our our split 7" with Bridesmaid on Friday in Columbus. Much thanks to all involved, especially Louis @ the Stone Tavern in Kent, Aaron Vilk in Athens and Bridesmaid Bob/Carabar Ron in Columbus.

With that said, the 7" is now for sale!

The split was pressed in a run of 500, with 100 colored vinyl (gold-ish, green-ish w/ black swirl) and 400 black vinyl. The colored copies are available only through Bastard Sloth, and can be found here:
We will have copies of the black vinyl at all upcoming shows, and you can email us at directly if you are interested in distro pricing.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

DVD of the last Mopery show

Thanks to Gonzo Chicago for putting this collection together from the last Mopery show on 8.28.10. This was one of the best things we've ever been a part of, and we're very excited to be included in this dvd project.

You can buy them at Reckless Records for $6, or check out the Gonzo Chicago blog here.

This what Miles Raymer at the Reader has to say about the dvd

"For the couple of years it existed, the Mopery was an oasis of unkempt, wild-eyed, art-damaged DIY punkitude in rapidly yuppifying Logan Square. A vast and scruffy loft hidden above a nondescript neighborhood grocery store, it hosted a handful of tent-dwelling residents and an impressively packed schedule of visiting musical acts, many of them on the punk/noise/sludge axis.

Despite the sometimes aggressive amount of weirdness on display (see the aforementioned people living in tents), the Mopery was pretty widely beloved, and the venue's final show last August brought out a crowd that filled pretty much every square foot of it, extended down the lengthy flight of stairs leading up to it, and spilled out onto the street. The air was a dense miasma of sweat and smoke, compounded by the considerable background humidity of a late-summer Chicago night, and though I was only there for a little while I walked out completely drenched.

The event featured 13 Mopery favorites providing the soundtrack to the loft's sendoff, including Loose Dudes, Paper Mice, and Mark Solotroff. One attendee, Victor Spatafora, brought along what the blog Gonzo Chicago refers to as "a completely ridiculous" high-def video camera to document the action. Spatafora has recently put out a DVD of his footage for anyone looking to relive (or piece together memories of) that night.

Copies of the DVD are available at Reckless for six dollars, or through Gonzo Chicago for a suggested donation of five (e-mail"

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Dead Dragon Mountain

Dead Dragon Mountain is a recording project of Anthony Dunn and Jacob Essak. We do this project as an opportunity to explore the use of free improvisation, chance and spontaneity in the studio. This February we did a series of recordings that are now compiled as the album Huddled Masses Under a Burning Sky.

The album was conceived, written, recorded and mixed during the month of February at the Slaughterhouse (aka Super Double Happy Panda Pro Audio Recordings). For a short period of time, we are offering a free download of the mp3 files for the entire album.

Download here.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Brainwashed reviews II

Thanks to Brainwashed for another nice review.

Link here.

A limited cassette release of an even more limited CD-R, Chicago's Sun Splitter, in the span of around 30 minutes, condense all of what I consider to be the best moments of the past 40 years of metal. With elements of drone, doom, industrial, and even classic rock, it all comes together as a perfectly conceived release.

Land of Decay

Admittedly, I've never been a huge metal person. I find bands and albums that I enjoy, but it's not a scene I ever really immersed myself in, largely because whenever I did, I got burnt out rather quickly. It's also one where I find elements I love (big, heavy riffs, melodic solos) with ones I'm not so fond of (growled vocals, "shredding"). It's almost like this trio knew what I liked and tailored the album for my tastes.

For example, "Cairn of Old Eyes" opens with taut, rhythmic riffs over a stiff machine beat, but with changing sounds and structures, it has the complexity of prog rock without the unnecessary pretense. Along with this there’s more than a healthy dose of drawn out guitar tones and whispered, mantra like vocals. Closer "Carrion Eater" is cut from the same cloth, opening with similar vocals and a warm guitar tone, but focuses more on the melody, even with the big riffs.

"Northern Blood Tithe" has some of the dual rhythm guitar/drum machine combo sound that has garnered many comparisons to early Godflesh, but there’s just as much Sabbath to be heard. The melodic elements reminded me of mid-period Thin Lizzy, but that’s pretty much my only go-to touchstone for the '70s rock genre. As a whole it's slower, more spacious, with vocals so buried and processed they sound like an additional instrument more than anything else.

It follows the same template as "Earth Burner," in that both are more doomy and repetitious, but in a carefully measured way. The repetition in both serve to build tension, with "Earth Burner" slowly adding changes in to keep the track dynamic, but without interrupting the deliberate drone structure.

With a style that is reminiscent of many, but sounds like none, Sun Splitter has created one of the best metal albums without adhering to any specific conventions. There's melody, there's monolithic guitar riffs, there's dark, bleak ambience, and so much more that comes together so perfectly that I can't help but love this tape.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 review of II

Thanks to Mike Simpson at for the kind words, here's what he had to say:

"Yet another worthy addition to Chicago, IL's diverse metal scene, Sun Splitter, with new EP II, have created a unique fusion of styles, some blackened, some doom, some almost unintelligible underneath the layers of unsettling noise present throughout the proceedings. The band's use of a drum machine brings forth the obligatory Godflesh reference, but with the addition of ambient, distorted vocals, the more experimental aspects of Blut Aus Nord also come to mind. The riffs are no small matter of discussion either; sometimes simple and given to industrial repetition, over the course of each of the lengthy four songs (the shortest clocking in at over six minutes), the group successfully morph their initial motifs into things entirely different, as on "Earth Burner," where themes hearkening back to the lurking doom of Trouble and Candlemass rear their ugly heads over a bed of increasingly harsh noise. One can only hope that a full-length to better sketch out these intriguing ideas is soon to follow.
(Land of Decay)"

Sun Splitter/Bridesmaid split 7" release show!!!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Review of II on Anti-Gravity Bunny

The people (well, person) at Anti-Gravity Bunny have written a review of II that is actually better than the album itself, I think. You should read it.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Monument I download!

I just found a free download of our friend Noah's Monument- I cassette. I've had this one in my stereo for the better part of the year, really excellent ambient black metal stuff. Highly recommended.

Or you can buy it from Sol Y Nieve here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Free download at Brooklyn Vegan

Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for offering a free download of "Northern Blood Tithe" from the Sun Splitter II cassette. You can stream two tracks from us and one from The Swan King here.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Permanent Records review

The kind folks at Permanent Records have some copies of Sun Splitter II for sale, and had these nice words to say about it:

"New Tape - Sun Splitter - II - Sun Splitter is from Chicago, but we have a feeling they won't be known as a "local" band too much longer. "II" is their new tape on the Locrian-run Land of Decay label and it contains 4 fucking epic metal-gaze jammers. Fans of all things Justin Broadrick, well maybe not ALL things, but most things Broadrick (ie. Jesu, Godflesh, etc) and industrial post-metal will absolutely love Sun Splitter. Word on the street is that they kill live too. This cassette is limited to 100 and will not likely last long. "

Sun Splitter II cassette

Here are some images of the Sun Splitter II cassette from Land of Decay:

The cassette is available for purchase at upcoming shows and through Land of Decay

Recording, Martyrs show

We just got back from Great Western Record Recorders where we spent a couple of days recording a new album with Matt Talbott. The studio was incredible, and we are very happy with the rough mixes. We'll post details here when the album is available (late spring?).

Friday night we were honored to share the stage at Martyr's with Anatomy of Habit, My Cold Dead Hand and The Swan King. Both My Cold Dead Hand and The Swan King were new to me, and they both performed very impressive sets. The Swan King has a melodic hardcore/metal/rock style and totally shredded; My Cold Dead Hand was thick, low and slow rock n' roll and both were excellent. Anatomy of Habit closed out the night with a powerful performance that left my head spinning, great people and just such an excellent band. Thanks to Mark Solotroff for assembling the evening and to Martyrs' for hosting.