Vestal Claret release “Bloodbath” album
Connecticut occult rock band VESTAL CLARET have now re-released their debut album “Bloodbath”. The album is out out today via Bandcamp.
Guitarist Simon Tuozzoli commented “Fourteen years after its composition, and seven years after its release to the public, we are proud to bring you the remixed version of our debut full-length.
Those who know this music will not be betrayed. No parts were replaced or re-recorded. There is solely more clarity and more balance between the instruments, especially with the drums and extra guitar parts.
Those who do not know this music, please enjoy it. It is definitely one of our more shocking records lyrically, and is closest we came to the traditional metal of the 80’s.
Bloodbath contains the songs that were borrowed from to make the first Hour of 13 recording. For those who heard H13 first, I am the one who suffers from your situation. The lyrics contained on Bloodbath were written to this music. For you it will seem strange, but you must listen until it rings true! “
Listen to and purchase the album here: https://thecultofvestalclaret.bandcamp.com/album/bloodbath-remix-2020
After a dozen physical releases on various formats and labels, to a more and more saturated genre, Vestal Claret set off to compose something musically broader and songwriter-oriented. Cliches were avoided, as well as anything that could gallop or be muted in its riffing.
The first two songs written from the new record were “Abandoned” and “Shadows.” Their creation, released as the demo Two Stones 2017, was meant to be an experiment to pursue the possibility of stepping away from any heavy metal tendencies. Those two songs became a template for creating a new life for Vestal Claret, while also bringing the band back closer to its original intent.
Musically, the new recording relies on Simon’s natural progressive nature. Influenced by his years in the New England music scene and his love of medieval folk, the creative process for this recording was an ideal situation. He had complete freedom to perform and produce as broadly as he could imagine.
Phil wrote the lyrics while driving cross country, spending well over a year living in a van, split between the beaches of Southern California and the Sedona Arizona desert. Isolation and recluse are its strongest influence.
Mixing and mastering was provided by Arthur Rizk (Powertrip, Sacred Riech, Cromags, Cavalera Conspiracy, Code Orange, Pissed Jeans,Ghostmane, Inquisition) and drums were performed by Justin de Tore (Magic Circle, Innumerable Forms, Mind Eraser, No Tolerance, Rival Mob).
No boundaries or barriers confine this new vision of Vestal Claret. It contains as much simplicity as it does complexity. It has no intent nor idea to be a genre recording. Its only ambition is to complement the bands maturity as musicians and songwriters to the best of its current ability.
Vestal Claret is:
Phil Swanson: Vocals
Justin DeTore: Drums
Simon Tuozzoli: Guitars, Bass, Organ, Percussion, Vocals, Various Instruments
Matt Campbell: Piano
David Caldarella: Violin
Jessie May: Cello
Madeline Baldwin: Vocals
The Mother: Vocals
All Music by SImon Tuozzoli
All Lyrics by Phil Swanson
Produced and Engineered by Simon Tuozzoli
Mixed and Mastered by Arthur Rizk
Past praise for Vestal Claret:
“Overall this is a solid album” -Metal-Temple
“If you’re looking for a powerful doom release from a bunch of guys who don’t even realize that core, djent and modern metal exist; then pick up The Cult Of Vestal Claret today. It’s not just a blast from the past, but a good sign of things to come.” -New Noise Magazine