Circle of Service

by Rut

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John If the drummer from an underground death metal band, the bassist from a hardcore band, and the guitarist from an indie rock band all dressed up as a doomy post-rock band for Halloween, the result might be half as satisfying as this album's sincere refiguring of bizarrely complementary influences. Favorite track: Spiral.
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Rut’s newest offering, Circle of Service, is ten songs punctuated by sudden shifts of mood, time, and temperament that captivate and subvert expectations at every turn. Post-hardcore, prog, sludge, noise rock, and more tumble out of these songs, merging and parting ways, propelled by frenetically inspired drumming, deep-running agile bass-lines, and the jaggedly insistent interplay of guitars, all held together by the growl and gravity of Gaelen Bates’ voice.

Rejecting traditional verse/chorus structures and any semblance of distancing irony, Rut runs riot through every song as if their lives depend on it. Listeners cannot help but feel that their own fate is caught up in the secret unfolding of the darkly oblique lyrics that knit these songs together into a fractious whole. Circle of Service is a thrilling explosion of music packing serious existential heat. Give in to its wonders and you will feel the tender underbelly of life in this age of uncertainty exposed. You cannot listen and leave unchallenged or unchanged.

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released November 15, 2019

All songs written and arranged by Rut. Lyrics written by Gaelen Bates.

Rut is:
Matt Manes: guitar
Jen Bender: bass, vocals
Matt Browning: drums
Gaelen Bates: vocals, guitar

Recorded at Wicked Squid Studios, in Rochester NY.
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Josh Pettinger.
Mastered by Greg Thompson.
Artwork by Gaelen Bates

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