Track Premiere: Into the Storm – “Where the Merfalo Roam”


Like your sludge on the pretty end of the spectrum? Get a load of the mighty title track from Into the Storm‘s sophomore LP.

If you’re anything like me, the first question on your mind is, “What the shit is a Merfalo?” I’m pretty sure it’s a mermaid-buffalo, but I’ll let Into the Storm explain it: “Where the Merfalo Roam is a call to a bygone era where great waters covered much of the open the plains and large aquatic mammals grazed, Merfalo. You can still see evidence of this time in the derelict buildings scattered beside the highways of America.” Outrageous scientific untruths aside, it’s a description that fits Into the Storm’s style; unpretentious, yet unafraid to tackle headier subjects and grand-scale music.

“Where the Merfalo Roam” opens with taut, stilted riffage before opening up like a puzzle box into an expansive, brooding sludge soundscape. The track, featuring the dual violin work of Kim Pack and Sarah Pendleton of SubRosa, explores every inch of its surroundings while growing in size to fill the area of the room before exploding in a tremendous squall. The outro, highlighting the aforementioned violin work and a simple, clean guitar line feels like a well-deserved rest after an exhausting effort.

Where the Merfalo Roam drops November 11th. Preorder it here, then follow Into the Storm on Facebook.

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  • JWEG

    Coming soon from the makers of every other mockbuster you can think of, Merfalo Vs. Hippopoctopus: In 4-D

  • This track is quite the journey. Mastodon meets Giant Squid? The vocals are a bit meh for me but the violins are a big plus. The song would probably fall flat without them. Full time violins recommended.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Dis track got me all liek

  • Joaquin Stick

    This track a slow burner but a good one for sure. One of the more “post-y” songs on the album.

  • Waynecro

    I read the first line of this article as “Like your sludge on the pretty end of the speculum?” I had a good chuckle and then began hating myself for the potential Freudian implications such a misread could have.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Oh, that tone is very nice.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      The vocals mix nicely

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Pretty good; bonus points for the violin.
    Therefore I present the best use of violin in metal:

  • CT-12

    Hey Joe, think you’d dig these guys (if you haven’t already heard of ’em)