Released: January 22, 2016
Sick cover art by Eric Lacombe
I've always associated Agoraphobic Nosebleed with the classic spazz/powerviolent/grind-hard-core split records they did with the likes of Enemy Soil, Despise You, Apartment 213, TFD...
With "Arc" they join the top echelon of sludge. I put this favorably right next to the aural anarchy and doom of EyeHateGod. It is that good.
Three songs. Nearly 30 minutes of pain. Without a lyric sheet, I have no idea what the songs "Not A Daughter", "Deathbed" and "Gnaw" are about. But from the sounds of things, they must be describing horrible, horrible situations. Give a listen to "Not A Daughter". I can make out "Stop Hurting Me". Not sure if I'm ready to know about the rest of they lyrics. The riffing, the pounding doom, the painful expulsion of the vocals is completely unrelenting. A half hour of witnessed torture.
For some insight, check a great article here: https://meatmeadmetal.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/agoraphobic-nosebleeds-first-ep-in-a-series-concentrates-on-role-of-ones-family-and-death/
From the MeatMeadMetal article by Brian Krasman :
The role of one’s family members in a person’s life is a center point of the new EP from Agoraphobic Nosebleed “Arc,” the first of a series of four releases from the band centering on the members of the band and their influences. This one of Kat Katz’s release, and on these three songs, she reveals much about her struggle with her mother’s schizophrenia and her role of taking care of her during her final days of life.
There are three more EPs on the way. Consider the palette whet.