[photo by Teddie Taylor]
“…as decadent as it is primitive.” — Invisible Oranges
Invisible Oranges is currently streaming “Sepulchral Form” from New Orleans, Louisiana-based sludge/crust trio ROMASA. The demoralizing hymn comes by way of the band’s impending Cheering Death debut, slated for release next month. Captured in two days with James Whitten (Thou, The Body, Ossacrux et al) at his own Hightower Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatwright (Gatecreeper, Necrot), Cheering Death spews forth five diseased tracks of sonic nihilism centered on a world of excess, apathy, and suffering all swathed in the twisted artwork of Ogi (instagram.com/coffincrux).
Issues Invisible Oranges, “Few aliases could be as fitting, as their name refers to the unlikely glitter that can be dissected from the grotesque. Indeed, performing the musical equivalent of street fights offset by carnivalesque wonder and an incoming rainstorm is a bit of an acquired taste, at least on paper. The experience of listening, however, makes for a treat for the senses as you feel yourself getting hypnotically pulled through the crowd in different directions.”
Adds the band, “Hurl yourself into the spinning sonic void that looms before you, embracing the comforting darkness dripping from the caves of flesh inside your mind. Howls of inconsolable misery will erode the human condition as you blindly navigate the shrouded, slime covered maze of your own thoughts. A deathly rhythm slowly grinds your mortality to dust as you are rattled into sobering perdition. You are now prepared to accept the infernal gravity pulling you towards the gaping Sepulchral Form!”
Read more and hear ROMASA’s “Sepulchral Form” exclusively at Invisible Oranges at THIS LOCATION
Cheering Death will be self-released March 1st on digital and cassette formats with a vinyl edition to follow. The cassette edition will be limited to 100 copies in random color variations with included lyric booklet. For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION where first single, “Pleasure Is My God,” can be streamed.
Conceived in mid-2017 through a New Orleans Craigslist ad, ROMASA – an acronym for Reality Obscures Manic Assessment Sickening Action as well as an Arabic name meaning beautiful, suggesting there is a twisted beauty inherent in filth – was forged as an attempt to apply a unique filter to an amalgamation of crust, sludge, ’90s hardcore, old-school death metal, and post-metal, among various other influences. After quickly recording and releasing a demo cassette in July 2017, the band – drummer Rob Lovell (Ossacrux, Witch Burial, Torture Garden), bassist Samael White (Witch Burial), and guitarist/vocalist Matthew Moorin – took the next year to focus on hitting the road for a handful of short DIY tours in between local gigs with touring acts such as Leeway, Yautja, Cave Of Swimmers, Withered, Ringworm, and Hoods, among others.