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Since forming in 2007, Mike Eber (Smother Party), Jeff Eber (Dysrhythmia), and Johnny DeBlase (Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms) have sought to blur the lines between prog, jazz, and metal. ZEVIOUS released their self-titled debut in 2008 which featured a more traditional acoustic sound and hinted at the compositional style the band was beginning to develop. Soon after, the band caught the attention of Cuneiform Records and released After the Air Raid in 2009, abandoning the traditional sound of their first record for a more power-trio style involving louder volumes with a leaning toward melodic/polymetric compositions. The subsequent years marked a period of frequent touring and musical development for the band. In 2013 ZEVIOUS released their second record for Cuneiform, Passing Through the Wall, an even more aggressive realization of their trademark polymetric style. After a fruitful US tour with Dysrhythmia in late 2013, the band worked feverishly on a new batch of material while playing more on the NYC metal scene with acts such as Behold…the Arctopus, Krallice, Ocrilim, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, and others.

Lowlands marks ZEVIOUS‘ first effort for Nefarious Industries and offers a subtle change in direction from their previous two releases. On Lowlands the band explores a hypnotic and more streamlined rhythmic approach while maintaining their abrasive edge with influences ranging from new-wave and 20th century composition to doom and black metal.

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ZEVIOUS: 10 Best Metal Albums of August 2018 – Ultimate Guitar

“Rhythmic, vigorous record full of passion, diligence, and excitement.” – Ultimate Guitar

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ZEVIOUS: MetalSucks Streams Lowlands Album By New York City Instrumental Avant-Metal Trio; LP Out Friday Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Zevious -photo by Justina Villanueva[photo by Justina Villanueva]

MetalSucks is now streaming the entire fourth LP by New York City-based trio ZEVIOUSLowlands, ahead of the album’s release through Nefarious Industries this Friday. The band, formed by a trio of musicians who also play in in Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms, Smother Party, and more, has also announced a hometown record release show for the album for September 7th.

Lowlands marks ZEVIOUS‘ first effort for Nefarious Industries and offers a subtle change in direction from their previous two releases. On Lowlands, the band explores a hypnotic and more streamlined rhythmic approach while maintaining their abrasive edge with influences ranging from new-wave and 20th century composition to doom and black metal.

With their early stream of ZEVIOUS‘ new LP MetalSucks offers in part, “the band continues to blur the lines between prog, jazz, and metal to create something likely to appeal to all fans of forward-thinking music, regardless of the genre. At no point does the band achieve, say, a Psyopus-level of heaviness, but they’ve definitely got the mathcore gene for resisting conformity in favor of bravely exploring uncharted territory. Put more succinctly: you really need to check out Lowlands.”

Stream ZEVIOUS’ intense Lowlands LP at MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

Lowlands sees release on 12” vinyl and all digital outlets via Nefarious Industries this Friday, August 17th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE.

ZEVIOUS has also booked their first live show in support of Lowlands with a release party for the LP scheduled for September 7th in Brooklyn, with Cleric and Mick Barr also on the bill. Watch for additional live dates to be announced in the weeks ahead.

ZEVIOUS Live:
9/07/2018 Ceremony – Brooklyn, NY *LP release show w/ Cleric, Mick Barr

Since forming in 2007, Mike Eber (Smother Party), Jeff Eber (Dysrhythmia), and Johnny DeBlase (Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms) have sought to blur the lines between prog, jazz, and metal as ZEVIOUS. The band released their self-titled debut in 2008 which featured a more traditional acoustic sound and hinted at the compositional style the band was beginning to develop. Soon after, the band caught the attention of Cuneiform Records and released After The Air Raid in 2009, abandoning the traditional sound of their first record for a more power-trio style involving louder volumes with a leaning toward melodic/polymetric compositions.

The subsequent years marked a period of frequent touring and musical development for the band. In 2013 ZEVIOUSreleased their second record for Cuneiform, Passing Through The Wall, an even more aggressive realization of their trademark polymetric style. After a fruitful US tour with Dysrhythmia in late 2013, the band worked feverishly on a new batch of material while playing more on the NYC metal scene with acts such as Behold…The Arctopus, Krallice, Ocrilim, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, and others.

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Exclusive Full Album Stream: Lowlands by Zevious (Featuring Members of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Etc.) – MetalSucks

“[ZEVIOUS] continues to blur the lines between prog, jazz, and metal to create something likely to appeal to all fans of forward-thinking music, regardless of the genre. At no point does the band achieve, say, a Psyopus-level of heaviness, but they’ve definitely got the mathcore gene for resisting conformity in favor of bravely exploring uncharted territory. Put more succinctly: you really need to check out Lowlands.” – MetalSucks

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ZEVIOUS: “Ritual Based Symmetries” Streaming At Metal Injection; Lowlands LP By NYC Act With Members Of Dysrhythmia And Sabbath Assembly Nears Nefarious Industries Release – Earsplit Compound

Zevious - photo by Justina Villanueva[photo by Justina Villanueva]

New York City-based trio ZEVIOUS — featuring members of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms, Smother Party, and others – presents “Ritual Based Symmetries,” the new single from their impending fourth LP, Lowlands, pending August release through Nefarious Industries. The track has been issued through a premiere at Metal Injection.

Lowlands marks ZEVIOUS‘ first effort for Nefarious Industries and offers a subtle change in direction from their previous two releases. On Lowlands, the band explores a hypnotic and more streamlined rhythmic approach while maintaining their abrasive edge with influences ranging from new-wave and 20th century composition to doom and black metal.

The band states, “’Ritual Based Symmetries’ marked a shift in our writing approach and direction for this album. Although, as usual, this one took a while to learn and ingrain, the song is aiming for a sort of simplicity and relative melodicism compared to the other tracks. That being said, we still want the song to hit hard so we tend to bring an aggressive energy to the performances.”

Metal Injection calls the track, “atmospheric, completely devastating and very well-recorded instrumental metal.”

Stream “Ritual Based Symmetries” by ZEVIOUS through Metal Injection at THIS LOCATION.

Lowlands will see vinyl and digital release via Nefarious Industries on August 17th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where “Smear Campaign” is streaming HERE.

Watch for additional previews of the album, live actions in support of the album, and more to be released in the weeks ahead.

Since forming in 2007, Mike Eber (Smother Party), Jeff Eber (Dysrhythmia), and Johnny DeBlase (Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms) have sought to blur the lines between prog, jazz, and metal as ZEVIOUS. The band released their self-titled debut in 2008 which featured a more traditional acoustic sound and hinted at the compositional style the band was beginning to develop. Soon after, the band caught the attention of Cuneiform Records and released After The Air Raid in 2009, abandoning the traditional sound of their first record for a more power-trio style involving louder volumes with a leaning toward melodic/polymetric compositions.

The subsequent years marked a period of frequent touring and musical development for the band. In 2013 ZEVIOUSreleased their second record for Cuneiform, Passing Through The Wall, an even more aggressive realization of their trademark polymetric style. After a fruitful US tour with Dysrhythmia in late 2013, the band worked feverishly on a new batch of material while playing more on the NYC metal scene with acts such as Behold…The Arctopus, Krallice, Ocrilim, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, and others.

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ZEVIOUS (Dysrhythmia, Etc.) Is The Chunky, Crushing Instru-Metal You Need – Metal Injection

“What do you get when you put Mike Eber (Smother Party), Jeff Eber (Dysrhythmia), and Johnny DeBlase (Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms) into a room? Apparently atmospheric, completely devastating and very well-recorded instrumental metal. Enter the world of ZEVIOUS.” – Metal Injection

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AMN Reviews: ZEVIOUS “Lowlands”

“New York’s ZEVIOUS is back with their fourth full-length album, Lowlands, scheduled for release on August 17. Not unlike on their previous efforts, this guitar / bass / drums instrumental power trio lands somewhere between math rock, prog, and metal, with a few hints of minimalist classical and jazz along the way. […] King Crimson, Sonic Youth, Ruins, late-era Present, and Ahleuchatistas are some good starting points for comparisons. But ZEVIOUS is their own animal, and Lowlands is more than worth checking out for that reason alone.” – Avant Music News

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Review: ZEVIOUS Lowlands – Overdrive Music Magazine

“Dense and dissonant, New York trio ZEVIOUS’ fourth album is discordant jazz fusion for metalheads, but maybe not vice versa. […] Lowlands is the band essentially saying “screw it” and ploughing further into a world of distortion and dissonance than they had previously dared to do.” – Overdrive Music Magazine

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ZEVIOUS: ‘Lowlands’ LP Review – SonicAbuse

“Upon hearing the record for the first time, the likes of King Crimson and Fugazi raced through my brain and, upon reading the band’s background, the jazz influence makes a good degree of sense. Nonetheless, Lowlands, for me, has more in common with the awesome no-wave and art rock bands that Martin Bisi nurtured in his studio than with Davis or Coltrane. […] Lowlands is a fascinating journey across a musical landscape so mottled with influences that, if it were to be rendered as a piece of art, it would be a Dali painting. […] Lowlands is one of those rare records that you can listen to a million times and you’ll always hear something new within. Without vocals to lead the listener to a particular place, instrumental music has the ability to stimulate the senses and ZEVIOUS make a perfect case for this. Exceptionally talented, they never allow their proficiency to overshadow the importance of the song and, as a result, Lowlands feels spontaneous and alive with possibility. The beautiful vinyl pressing, with Bryan Olson’s stunning artwork, is the icing on the cake – this is an exceptional piece of work in whatever format you discover it. 10.” – SonicAbuse

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ZEVIOUS: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Smear Campaign” From NYC Act Uniting Members Of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, And More; Lowlands LP Nears Release Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Zevious -photo by Justina Villanueva
[photo by Justina Villanueva]

Decibel Magazine premieres “Smear Campaign,” the first single from Lowlands, the fourth LP from New York City-based ZEVIOUS. The band, featuring members of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms, Smother Party, and others, will release the album through Nefarious Industries in August.

Lowlands marks ZEVIOUS‘ first effort for Nefarious Industries and offers a subtle change in direction from their previous two releases. On Lowlands, the band explores a hypnotic and more streamlined rhythmic approach while maintaining their abrasive edge with influences ranging from new-wave and 20th century composition to doom and black metal.

“’Smear Campaign’ was one of the most challenging songs to develop for this album,” the members of ZEVIOUS issue of the track. “Whenever we play this one, we feel like there are a lot of opportunities for the song to derail. When we got into the studio, we felt like it finally clicked, and all the parts came together. We poured a ton of energy into the performance and the song seemed to come alive in a way it hadn’t before.”

Decibel states of the song, “For the uninitiated, ZEVIOUS contains members of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms, Smother Party and other out-there acts, playing off-kilter instrumental music combining elements of jazz, metal, and prog. Their 2013 album, Through The Wall, is a total mindfucker and Lowlands promises to do the same, albeit in a more streamlined way.”

Hear ZEVIOUS’ “Smear Campaign” at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Lowlands will see vinyl and digital release via Nefarious Industries on August 17th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE. Watch for additional previews of the album, live actions in support of the album, and more to be released in the weeks ahead.

Since forming in 2007, Mike Eber (Smother Party), Jeff Eber (Dysrhythmia), and Johnny DeBlase (Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms) have sought to blur the lines between prog, jazz, and metal as ZEVIOUS. The band released their self-titled debut in 2008 which featured a more traditional acoustic sound and hinted at the compositional style the band was beginning to develop. Soon after, the band caught the attention of Cuneiform Records and released After The Air Raid in 2009, abandoning the traditional sound of their first record for a more power-trio style involving louder volumes with a leaning toward melodic/polymetric compositions.

The subsequent years marked a period of frequent touring and musical development for the band. In 2013 ZEVIOUSreleased their second record for Cuneiform, Passing Through The Wall, an even more aggressive realization of their trademark polymetric style. After a fruitful US tour with Dysrhythmia in late 2013, the band worked feverishly on a new batch of material while playing more on the NYC metal scene with acts such as Behold…The Arctopus, Krallice, Ocrilim, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, and others.

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ZEVIOUS: ‘Smear Campaign’ Track Premiere – Decibel Magazine

“Those already familiar with ZEVIOUS will know what to expect from “Smear Campaign,” the first jam from the power trio’s Lowlands album. For the uninitiated, ZEVIOUS contains members of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms, Smother Party and other out-there acts, playing off-kilter instrumental music combining elements of jazz, metal and prog. Their 2013 album, Through the Wall, is a total mindfucker and Lowlands promises to do the same, albeit in a more streamlined way.” – Decibel Magazine

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ZEVIOUS: New York City Trio Featuring Members Of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, And More To Release Lowlands LP Through Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

Zevious -photo by Justina Villanueva[photo by Justina Villanueva]

New York City-based ZEVIOUS, featuring members of Dysrhythmia, Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms, Smother Party, and others, has completed their fourth full-length release, Lowlands. The band has aligned themselves with Nefarious Industries for the album’s release in August, this week issuing the cover art, track listing, preorders, and a brief trailer for the new LP.

Lowlands marks ZEVIOUS‘ first effort for Nefarious Industries and offers a subtle change in direction from their previous two releases. On Lowlands, the band explores a hypnotic and more streamlined rhythmic approach while maintaining their abrasive edge with influences ranging from new-wave and 20th century composition to doom and black metal.

See a brief Lowlands trailer HERE.

Lowlands will see vinyl and digital release via Nefarious Industries on August 17th; find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE. Watch for additional previews of the album, live actions in support of the album, and more to be released in the weeks ahead.

ZEVIOUS - Lowlands

Lowlands Track Listing:
1. Tube Lord
2. Smear Campaign
3. Slaves Of Rotor
4. Ritual Based Symmetries
5. Null Island
6. Sensor Recall
7. Slow Reach

Since forming in 2007, Mike Eber (Smother Party), Jeff Eber (Dysrhythmia), and Johnny DeBlase (Sabbath Assembly, Many Arms) have sought to blur the lines between prog, jazz, and metal as ZEVIOUS. The band released their self-titled debut in 2008 which featured a more traditional acoustic sound and hinted at the compositional style the band was beginning to develop. Soon after, the band caught the attention of Cuneiform Records and released After The Air Raid in 2009, abandoning the traditional sound of their first record for a more power-trio style involving louder volumes with a leaning toward melodic/polymetric compositions.

The subsequent years marked a period of frequent touring and musical development for the band. In 2013 ZEVIOUS released their second record for Cuneiform, Passing Through The Wall, an even more aggressive realization of their trademark polymetric style. After a fruitful US tour with Dysrhythmia in late 2013, the band worked feverishly on a new batch of material while playing more on the NYC metal scene with acts such as Behold…The Arctopus, Krallice, Ocrilim, Child Abuse, Cellular Chaos, and others.

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Label Spotlight: Nefarious Industries – Decibel Magazine

Check out this rad spotlight on Nefarious Industries, up now at Decibel. Everything you every wanted to know about the label, and a glimpse at what’s coming in 2018!

If you seek off-kilter music, Nefarious Industries is the label you need to be following. More a collective of like-minded individuals than a proper record label, Nefarious Industries is home to a diverse array of artists that range from very metal, to metal-related, to not metal at all. Two of Nefarious’ most-trusted operators took the time to speak to Decibel about running “a label that showcases the most adventurous and least commercially viable artists that it can manage to locate.”

Read the entire feature HERE.

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