The Skinny: Last month, it was announced that decade-spanning doom/sludge metal vets Sourvein would be back with their long-awaited Metal Blade Records debut, Aquatic Occult. Featuring guest performances by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe (vocals, organ), Amebix’s Stig Miller (guitar), Corrosion of Conformity’s Reed Mullin (drums) and many others, the album is described by frontman T-Roy as the record he wanted to make at a time when his life was at its bleakest.

Scheduled to hit stores on April 8, 2016, Aquatic Occult isn’t just an album about trudging through the depths of a dangerous, mythological underwater world inspired by T-Roy’s home surroundings of Cape Fear, NC – it’s an unforgiving sonic pummeling that has followed years of pain prevailed. A powerful Aquatic Occult cut that truly encompasses both theme and inspiration, ‘Aquanaut’, can be checked out above.

Aquatic Occult Track Listing:

01. Tempest (Of Desire) (feat. Stig Miller)*
02. Avian Dawn*
03. Ocypuss (feat. Randy Blythe, Mike Dean)*
04. Aquanaut (feat. Dean Berry)
05. Hymn to Poseidon*
06. Mermaids*
07. Urchins
08. In the Wind*
09. Cape Fearian*
10. Capsized (feat. Dave Capps)*
11. High Tide
12. Bermuda Sundown (feat. Keith Kirkum)
13. Coral Bones*
14. Oceanic Procession (feat. Stig Miller, Randy Blythe on organ)*
*Reed Mullin on drums

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.