Seattle’s Gruntruck sprung to life in 1989, bringing together members of Skin Yard, The Accüsed, and Final Warning. After two critically acclaimed albums, years touring with Alice in Chains, Pantera, Screaming Trees, and more, and legal battles with their label, the band has been quiet since the early 2000s… until now. Their self-titled third LP, recorded with Jack Endino and Martin Feveyear between 1997-2003 (which is being released today via Found Recordings), picks up right where the band left off – metal-tinged riffs, hook-filled choruses, and singer Ben McMillan’s legendary take-no-prisoners vocals. Explains guitarist Tom Niemeyer:
“This material represents two long lost periods in Gruntruck’s existence that the band members were sure, until now, would remain a muffled, if not silent, memory of times and sounds of the past. Both recording sessions, despite the lengthy gap of time between them, and perhaps DUE to that gap — capture perfectly the passion that fueled us. Passion to live, to love, to fight, to f***, to forge ahead no matter what the obstacle.”
The band also unveiled the the visuals for the the track “Noise Field” today. Animated by Jack Anderson and edited by Found Recordings’ Scott Blum, the video depicts a robot struggling through a dystopian landscape, the muted palette perfectly matching the gritty sonic assault of the “Noise Field”. Watch the video below.