Exclusive Track Premiere: Torrid Husk’s “Mourning Cloak Spell”

It is my distinct pleasure to premiere a new track from my favorite split of 2016.

West Virgina’s Torrid Husk is one of the best new black metal bands in the United States. Initially capturing my attention with the Caesious EP in 2014, the trio utterly cemented their status as giants in their field later that year with the Crawling Mountain Apogee split with the like-minded progressive doom/sludge outfit Myopic courtesy of excellent boutique label Grimoire Records. This September sees Grimoire striking split gold again, this time pairing Torrid Husk’s swarming ferocity with Hellenic black metal group End‘s stately grandeur. The resulting split, Swallow Matewan, is a triumph of raw fury fettered to peerless vision. It is with great pleasure that I offer you the chance now to hear the opening track to that split, Torrid Husk’s “Mourning Cloak Spell,” in full.

Fans of the band will immediately note that Torrid Husk have wasted no second over the last two years honing their songcraft. With the addition of new guitarist Miles, Tyler (guitar, vocals, synth), Tony (drums), and Jon (bass, synth), have refined their sound into a sharper, more robust art that stands head and shoulders above their already excellent work on Crawling Mountain Apogee. From the opening arpeggiated run that divebombs into a ravenous vortex of blast beats and tremolo riffs, Torrid Husk routinely sounds like a band dangling right on the edge of a razor blade above a churning maelstrom of razor guitars and crushing percussion. Even when the band experiments a bit with layered vocals, more progressive transitions, and a feedback-drenched pause around the 4:30 mark to allow some truly haunting vocals to emanate up from the maw of the grinding, watery abyss, the energy never falters, never deviates, and never declines. The final minute of this track, featuring a swelling bass rising and falling like a merciless tide while Miles and Tyler trade shifting riffs atop Tony’s unbelievably frantic drums, is a thing of utter beauty.

More impressive is the fact that Torrid Husk maintains that careening, paradoxically unhinged yet bafflingly tight songcraft for their remaining half of the split. It’s as if the West Virgina quartet are truly seeking to capture the essence of the cover art for this split and submerge the town of Matewan, with its blood-soaked history, beneath the foamy spray of a merciless sea of riffs and blasts. I can’t wait for you to hear the whole thing.

You can jam another Torrid Husk track, the excellent “Carminite,” below, as well as one of the more regal, measured tracks from partners End. Be sure to swing by Bandcamp and pre-order your copy of Swallow Matewan today. Also, head on over to the Facebook and say, “Howdy” to both Torrid Husk and End.

Swallow Matewan is due September 23rd via Grimoire Records.

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Published on: August 30, 2016

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  • Lacertilian

    Excellent stuff. As soon as I clicked play I remembered commenting on Tony’s superb drumming on that split you swapped with me. Dude is definitely a workhorse!
    Out of those two I prefer the second embedded track, looking forward to hearing the rest.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Liked the first track, but you’re right. That second one! Damn!

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  • Eliza

    The track’s great, the cover is my new wallpaper.

    • mfw

      • Eliza

        Those sideburns.

        • Just spiraling down his neck and shit.

          • Eliza

            He doesn’t look impressed.

          • That, or he just took a hit of something fierce.

    • The artwork is top notch, agreed.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    oh man, BB likes

  • Yes

    • This is like your third or fourth BM record, right?



  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Nice so far, and Torrid Husk’s drums sound natural. A plus.

    • Dubbbz

      Many moons ago, in the MS days, I shared a track from Torrid Husk’s Caesious EP with you. I believe you approved guardedly, which was enough for me.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Hahaha. Too many bands, doc. Too many.

        • Dubbbz

          Don’t I know it.

      • I was peeping there the other day. I am not sure how any of us survived that comment section… Terrible, terrible, terrible.

        • Eliza

          I recall the times when it was the only met site that I knew with grief.

          • Much yikes, yes.

          • Eliza

            I check it out from time to time to get a chuckle.


          IT SAVAGE LANDS!!!!!!!!

        • The Tetrachord of Archytas

          it’s basically a youtube comment section

          • Eliza

            It depends on what video you’re on. I watch a lot of essay and analysis videos, and there aren’t as many cringey comments on those videos, though they are present.

          • The Tetrachord of Archytas

            this is true…though I don’t find their analysis to be very competent. But the cringements are the best part, especially on trendcore videos or bands of any kind

          • Eliza

            That’s true. The comments are half of what makes Youtube good.

          • My favorite video to read comments is Lordes most popular song. Just to read all the Randy Marsh Lorde comments. Never fails for lolz

          • Eliza

            The comments on shit tier glam metal bands about how music nowadays is crap and doesn’t hold a candle to the music of the good old days are among my favorites.

        • It was manageable when it was mostly us.

          Although most of what I see now over is people complaining about Axl, which, let’s be honest, we did a lot.

        • Ayreonaut


        • There are like, zero nice people over there.




    • I sure dug their split with Myopic, too. Thanks W.

      • Dubbbz

        You’ll like this one just as much, i think.

  • I am really digging the “loud” guitars and drums in the mix. The diminished vocals add a bit of mystique to them. Sounds really really good.

    • Dubbbz

      I don’t know if you knew this, but Grimoire does all of their recording in-house. I think that’s the reason there’s a uniform quality to the production across all of their releases.

      • I did not know that! Seems like that would be a sweet business deal for the label and the bands. In house, cheaper costs. Obviously bands would likely want to work with other producers too… but definitely a neat option!

  • Celtic Frosty

    This reminded me to go back and listen to that Myopic/Torrid Husk split, so thank you. Also, Torrid Husk is so good.

    • Dubbbz

      Myopic has a new album in the works too!

      • Celtic Frosty


  • Stockhausen

    I love Torrid Husk. Their style of black metal is really, really doing it for me.

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      I almost want to use the word clarity in describing it

  • Your writing here was superb, as usual, Dubs. Will check this out. Thanks for sharing the music, bro!!!

  • Waynecro

    *initially reads Torrid Husk as Horrid Tusk*
    *goes back to bed, hoping for a better tomorrow*

    • Joaquin Stick

      Both options are equally awesome names, really.

      • Waynecro

        Very true, though reading the name incorrectly brings me great shame. Whenever something like this happens, the ghost of Daniel Webster appears and makes me eat a handful of dirt in the backyard.

    • Dubbbz

      Lacertilian made a joke about Torrid Husk writing a split with Horrid Tusk the other night. I was super tired from travel and didn’t notice the change-up. Much confusion was had.

    • hoping for a better tomorrow, that’s a paddlin

      • Waynecro

        I was just being silly. I stopped hoping a while back.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      lol better tomorrow

      • Waynecro

        absurdist humor >>>>>>>>

      • Do you have a Horrid Musk?

        • Abradolf Lincler

          oh man, you got no idea

  • Reminds me of Terzij de Horde’s last record. Which is not a bad thing. But it does mean that the production bugs the everloving fuck out of me. Can this grow on me? Will it?

    Will it?