Withered

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Withered
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WITHERED - June 2008
Background information
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, USA[1][2][3]
Genres Death metal,[3] Doom metal,[4] Black metal,[3] Sludge metal[5]
Years active 2003 – present[1][3][5]
Labels Prosthetic Records,[1][2][3] Lifeforce Records,[5] Hypertension Records
Associated acts Mastodon
Social Infestation
Waited
Website http://www.withered.net
Members Dylan Kilgore (vocals/guitar)[1]
Mike Thompson (vocals/guitar)
Mike Longoria (bass)
Beau Brandon (drums)
Past members Greg Hess (bass)
Wes Kever (drums)
Alex Tomlin (drums)
Herb Jowett (bass)

Withered is an American extreme metal band from Atlanta, Georgia,[1][2][3] founded by Chris Freeman[1] and Mike Thompson. Both members also participate in a crust punk/grindcore band Social Infestation, which also features Mastodon bassist Troy Sanders.

Overview[edit]

Withered, formed in 2003,[1][3][5] have released three full length albums, Memento Mori (2005 - Lifeforce), Folie Circulaire (2008 - Prosthetic) and Dualitas (2010 - Prosthetic).

History[edit]

Withered was formed as a concept by Chris Freeman and Mike Thompson in 2003. They brought in Wes Kever (drums) and Greg Hess (bass) to complete the lineup and to create Withered’s rhythm section. They immediately wrote 5 songs that were recorded (3 of which were released on their self-titled demo).[citation needed]

In 2004, they began performing live and toured the U.S. East Coast extensively.

Withered was signed to Lifeforce Records in 2005 and released Memento Mori in September, which was well received by critics and fans. It also placed fourth on Decibel magazine's top 40 list as well as many other year end-lists. The release was followed up with a UK tour supporting Mastodon, High On Fire and Bloodsimple in December.[citation needed]

The 2006 U.S. touring cycle began with a string of East Coast and Midwest tours supporting Dismember, Grave and Vital Remains in October. Immediately following the tour, Wes and Greg both left the band since they had both started new families.[citation needed]

Early in 2007, Withered’s rhythm section was replaced with Mike Longoria (bass/noise/atmosphere) and Beau Brandon (drums), who had both collaborated on numerous projects for over a decade in the past. Regional touring began almost immediately, and the band started work on their second full-length album between tours with Skeletonwitch and Zoroaster.[citation needed]

Withered entered the studio in February 2008 to record Folie Circulaire with producer Phillip Cope. The album was released in late June to high praise. Withered once again was cited on many year-end lists. They followed up the release with a full U.S. tour as direct support for Sweden’s Watain.[citation needed]

Touring continued through 2009 and Withered was featured at the first Scion Festival, the New England hardcore and metal festival, and also at Maryland's Deathfest. Withered supported Mayhem, Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation in June on a full U.S. tour. In August, they were offered a special mini-tour as direct support for Sweden’s Marduk in the Northeast USA. They spent the rest of the year writing for their third full-length album that was to be released in the fall of 2010.[citation needed]

Writing continued in early 2010 began for Dualitas, and Withered was showcased at SXSW in Austin, TX in March. They entered The Jam Room studio with producer Phillip Cope in May/June to record Dualitas for a Fall release. At the end of October, they toured six weeks throughout North America to support the album's release. Part of this tour was with Danzig's Blackest Of The Black tour with Danzig, Possessed, Marduk and Toxic Holocaust. That tour was immediately followed up by touring with label mates Skeletonwitch and Landmine Marathon.[citation needed]

Reviews[edit]

"These tracks contain a vast, roaring sea of guitar, and after a while you stop thinking about the artists' hands; it sounds as if it's not made by pale, bearded guys from Atlanta but by forces of weather." - Ben Ratliff for The New York Times[citation needed]

"5.4 of 6 - Folie Circulaire had me riveted from its opening strains to the last moments of its closing Necrophobic cover. . . .Withered are the future of heavy metal." - Doug Moore for MetalReview.com[citation needed]

"4 of 5 stars - [Withered] mixes dense, lurching doom with pummeling blast beats, crafting songs that are as bleak and fraught with palpable tension as a blackened tornado funnel cloud on a distant horizon. The 10 tracks link together seamlessly in a 45-minute-long lesson in abject human misery." - Adem Tepedelen for Revolver magazine[citation needed]

"If you can envision a soundtrack befitting a soul’s slow descent into madness, Withered’s Folie Circulaire would be about as close as you can get." - Alxs Ness for Abort Magazine[citation needed]

"In the very capable hands of Withered, the possibilities for sonic destruction seem limitless and ultimately, a formality." - David E. Gehlke for Blistering.com[citation needed]

"9 out of 10 - Folie Circulaire sounds like a blackened cross between My Bloody Valentine and Morbid Angel." - Rod Smith for Decibel magazine[citation needed]

"With Folie Circulaire, black-metal underdogs WITHERED unleashed the bleakest, most constrictive metal opus Atlanta has seen since Mastodon's Leviathan. Every time the group takes the stage, slow, pulverizing grooves grind, bash and build to a climax of machine gun drums, helicopter head-banging and a bestial growl. While Mastodon was busy cracking the Skye, Withered punched a hole through the earth and reached deep into the bowels of hell to summon an epic, labyrinthine roar." - Creative Loafing Best of 2009[citation needed]

Lyrical influences[edit]

Withered has cited Friedrich Nietzsche, C.G. Jung, Georges Bataille, The Marquis de Sade, Arthur Machen and Aleister Crowley as influential thinkers on the group, conceptually.[6]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Dylan Kilgore - Guitar, vocals (since 2009)
  • Mike Thompson - Guitar, vocals (since 2003)
  • Mike Longoria - Bass (since 2006)
  • Beau Brandon - Drums (since 2007)

Former members[edit]

  • Chris Freeman - Guitar, vocals (2003-2009)[1]
  • Greg Hess - Bass (2003-2006)
  • Wes Kever - Drums (2003-2007)
  • Alex Tomlin - Drums (live session - Mastodon UK tour 2005)
  • Herb Jowett - Bass (live session - Dismember North American tour 2006)

Discography[edit]

  • 2004 Demo (2004)
  • Memento Mori (2005)
  • Folie Circulaire (2008)
  • Dualitas (2010)

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Withered replaces founding member". 5 November 2009. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Prosthetic Records signs Withered". 4 January 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Withered". 27 February 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "MEMENTO MORI (2005 Lifeforce Records)". Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Lifeforce Records signs Withered". 29 April 2005. Retrieved 8 November 2013. 
  6. ^ [1] Access date: July 30, 2009.

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