The Crash & The Draw is the long-anticipated new full-length from Midwest sound exhibitionists, Minsk. Set to drop via Relapse Records this spring, The Crash & The Draw follows the enigmatic collective’s 6-year hiatus and delivers 11 arresting movements that transcend far beyond the boundaries of post-metal, sludge, and psychedelia.
Recorded almost exclusively in The Prairie State, The Crash & The Draw was captured by the band alongside Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob, etc.) at Earth Analog in Tolono, mixed by Parker and Minsk at Hypercube in Chicago, and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod, etc.) at The Boiler Room in Chicago, with additional vocal tracking by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City, Old Man Gloom, Floor, etc.) at Antisleep Audio in Oakland, California, and further tracking, editing, and mixing by Kevin Rendleman at Trash Rocket Audio and Aaron Austin at We Know Who You Are, both in Peoria.
An instant contender for one of the most forward-thinking metal records of the year, each cascading movement is a crucial sonic passage through dark and light. At once crushing, hallucinatory and at times, spiritually illuminating, tracks ebb and flow with a pastoral elegance and tangible urgency. Only furthering the record’s captivating allure, The Crash & The Draw is a thematic continuation of the group’s long-standing attraction to alchemical and esoteric ideologies, with marked nods toward the thought and writings of perennial inspiration, Kahlil Gibran, and the espoused words of Hermes Trismegistus, the fabled author of the Corpus Hermeticum, and other sacred texts and serves as a fitting audio soundscapade for those souls devoted to the manifestations of Neurosis, Rwake, Yob, Isis, and the like.
Minsk’s The Crash & The Draw will be released via Relapse Records in North America on April 7th, 2015; in Germany, Benelux, and Finland on April 3rd, 2015; in the UK and the rest of the world on April 6th, 2015. The album will be available on CD, double LP, and digitally, and can be pre-ordered here and digitally here.
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