Author & Punisher Release “Incinerator” Video; Krüller Arrives Today!





“…artfully balances rumbling heaviness with stirring melodic singing.” – Revolver

“A sonic reflection of the world…” – Decibel

“Krüller feels gorgeously desolate, befitting a world in a dire state” – The Wire

“…inventively bleak industrial metal…” – Metal Hammer

“This is cyborg music driven by metal fingers, but the human heart is still intact.”

– Punk News

“…expansive, heavy, and all-consuming.” – Input Magazine

“If this era is to be defined by what’s been lost on individual as well as macro sociopolitical levels and what’s been gained and by whom, then Author & Punisher engages the moment with an unparalleled depth of craft, guiding the listener masterfully through each visionary piece that enriches the whole. Someone should put it in a time capsule so the future can know what it was like to be alive at the start of the 2020s. Recommended.”

– The Obelisk

Click the image above or follow this link to view the “Incinerator” video:

Feb. 11, 2022, SAN DIEGO – Author & Punisher have released a video for “incincerator” ( as the San Diego-based outfit’s new album, Krüller, arrives today via Relapse Records (

“’Incinerator’ is about outrage and urgency. The world is actually on fire,” offers Tristan Shone. “We are dealing with extreme conditions of a warming climate yet face brutal resistance by those who want to deflect our rage towards each other for their profit. Special thanks to Director Ansel Wallenfang and DP James Rexroad who worked tirelessly to translate this rage into a visual adventure/nightmare.”


Shone, speaking about the album, adds: “Krüller is an album that reflects on massive failures of our past/present and tries to imagine how we will descend into a post societal future where we support and conserve rather than destroy.”

Author & Punisher began working on Krüller following an international tour with Tool, which ended prematurely due to the lockdowns, allowing Shone a moment to reflect on his work and refine it further, focusing on his vocals and melody. Another part of the Krüller revamp included finetuning the machines that have become synonymous with the outfit. As a result, Shone is also launching a bespoke audio gear company called Drone Machines to coincide with the release of Krüller. The gear company’s arrival follows nearly two decades of Author & Punisher honing in on his craft – meticulously inventing, machining, experimenting, and creating custom musical instruments for his incredible live performances and recordings.

Krüller is available now ( with the 52-minute collection available on a selection of limited-edition vinyl variants that tie into the color palette of the album artwork, CD, cassette and digitally.


Tour dates:

March 6 Los Angeles, CA Resident

March 8 Seattle, WA Clock Out Lounge

March 9 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater (Lounge)

March 10 Oakland, CA Elbo Room Jack London

March 28 Warsaw, Poland Hydrozagadka

March 29 Wroclaw, Poland Akademia

March 30 Prague, Czech Republic Modra Vopice

March 31 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal Club

April 1 Zagreb, Croatia Mocvara

April 2 Linz, Austria Kapu

April 3 Luzern, Switzerland Sedel

April 4 Milan, Italy Legend Club

April 5 Montpellier, France The Black Sheep

April 6 Barcelona, Spain Bóveda

April 7 Toulouse, France L’Ecluse Saint Pieere

April 9 Poitiers, France Le Confront Moderne

April 11 Antwerp, Belgium Kavka

April 13 Vilnius, Lithuania Gallery 1986

April 14 Riga, Latvia Melna Piektdiena

April 15 Tallin, Estonia Sveeta Bar

April 16 St. Petersburg, Russia Latochka

April 17 Moscow, Russie Bumazhnaya Fabrika

Mvtant opens March 28 to April 11

May 11 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad

May 14 Austin, TX Elysium (Oblivion Access Festival)

May 18 Denver, CO Hi-Dive

May 19 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall

May 20 Las Vegas, NV Backstage Bar

May 22 San Diego, CA Casbah

w/Perturbator & Health:

October 6 Lille, France Aeronef

October 7 Paris, France L’Olympia

October 12 Bordeaux, France Krakatoa

October 13 Toulouse, France Bikini

October 14 Madrid, Spain La Riviera

October 15 Barcelona, Spain Razzmatazz 2

October 16 Nantes, France Stereolux

October 18 Lyon, France Le Transbordeur

October 19 Strasbourg, France La Laiterie

October 20 Lausanne, Switzerland Les Docks

October 21 Munich, Germany Freiheiz

October 22 Vienna, Austria, Arena

October 23 Budapest, Hungary Akvarium Nagyhall

October 25 Prague, Czech Republic Lucerna Music

October 26 Wroclaw, Poland Zaklete Rewiry

October 27 Warsaw, Poland Progresja

October 28 Berlin, Germany Heimathafen

October 29 Göthenburg, Sweden Trädgår’n

October 30 Stockholm, Sweden Berns

November 1 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia

November 3 Oslo, Norway Vulkan Arena

November 4 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpehuset

November 5 Hamburg, Germany Uebel & Gefährlich

November 6 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli

November 8 Cologne, Germany Kantine

November 9 Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal

November 10 Brussels, Belgium Ancienne Belgique


Photo credit: Becky DiGiglio


Author & Punisher formed in January 2004 as the brainchild of mechanical engineer, artist and sculptor Tristan Shone. His innovation, and the unique way he has melded his seemingly disparate background, has been highlighted in a wide range of outlets, from Wired Magazine who dubbed him a “doom metal auteur,” to Pitchfork who noted he “literalized the idea of sound sculpture.” He has released eight full-length albums and an EP over the years: The Painted Army (2005), Warcry (2007), Drone Machines (2010), Ursus Americanus (2012), Women & Children (2013), Melk En Honing (2015), Pressure Mine EP (2017), Beastland (2018) and Krüller (2022).

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