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Tennessee's Black Tar Prophet is coming off its successful full length , Deafen, and Pennsylvania's Iron Gavel has been slowly fine-tuning its heavy, destructive noise. Perfect timing for a new split LP, scheduled to be released by Broken Limbs Recordings on September 16, 2016. Instrumental sludge duo Black Tar Prophet pushes low end frequencies to the limit with heavy noise champions Iron Gavel maintaining the balance.
" Black Tar Prophet should come with a warning label, because this band is pure sludge-ridden sonic vomit, and it is hi ghly addictive!" - CVLT Nation
Currently based in Nashville, Tennessee, Black Tar Prophet, an instrumental/sludge band that pushes low end frequencies to the limit, was founded by Greg Swinehart in 2011. The band self-released its debut albu m, Note To Nod, in mid-2012, and ended the year by collaborating with Atlanta's Crawl for a split. In 2013, while continuing to tour, Black Tar Prophet signed with Domestic Genocide Records to release its s econd LP, Deafen, in 2014. The band's most recent work can be seen in the four tracks contributed to its split with Iron Gavel.
Iron Gavel is a heavy noise band formed in a basement in April 2008 during the existential upheavals of Dan Martin and Ryan Advent. Dan, retreating from society and the music scene into the life of a complete hermit, and Ryan, looking to forge a new path for himself, decided to create a nameless musical project to play in the forests around northwestern Pennsylvania's Rocky Grove. The band's moniker came from a mutual love of heavy 70's bands (and a penchant for "heavy/light" names - Iron Butterfly, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath). The band chose two words that would create a "heavy/heavy" name instead, with particular homage to the Butterfly - Iron Gavel ("what’s heavier than the slam of a judge's gavel?"). The name seemed to galvanize the band, as the music became louder and tuned lower, utilizing Ryan's now busted-up drums and Dan's dual solid state amps cranked to the max until Iron Gavel as it is currently known came to be.