had become a Pittsburgh, PA hometown heavy underground favorite quite soon after forming in early 2015, performing with both local legends and well-known touring acts. In one year, Horehound
released their self-titled debut album (both digital and CD) in April 2016, via Blackseed Records
. The album immediately coiled around the heavy music media world, appearing for two consecutive months on the Doom Charts
collaborative, and cemented their standing as more than just local favorites.
Recently Horehound has engaged that debut album for its 2018 re-release with Hellmistress Records, the East Coast label of veteran Melanie Streko (All That Is Heavy, Meteor City Records). The re-release has been re-mixed/mastered for both CD and vinyl pressing, including a bonus cover song, “Mysterons” originally written and performed by Portishead.
Fans have described Horehound as, “fucking heavy, doomy, catchy, and downright amazing.” Horehound would not disagree, citing their inspirations as Kyuss, (the) Melvins, and Alice in Chains, but you can hear a heavier sludge inspiration dwelling in the grinding guitar, haze-laden bass, bruising drums, and ethereally demanding vocals.
Horehound has made it quite evident in recent performances that their current lineup – including founding members Shy Kennedy (vocals) and Brendan Parrish (guitar) – have found their true sound with drummer JD Dauer and bassist Nick Kopco. The quartet is fiercer and impassioned to demonstrate it in sharing their next recording, which has been mastered and is raring to go.
The six tracks on ‘Holocene’ maintain the original Horehound-heavy, but has driven into deeper depths of dark, hardened post-doom metal. Set for release on November 30, 2018 through Doom Stew Records.
“…a fantastic band on the way up, and 2018 should be the year that doom metal fans outside of Pittsburgh start buzzing this band up.” ~ Metal Injection
“Horehound deliver stoner doom grooves, drenched distortion and fuzz underpinned with solid, tight rhythms and fronted by powerful and distinctive vocals… Horehound play it real, with feel and attitude.” ~ Doom Charts
“Horehound is a band that all fans of Thee almighty riff should put on their watch list. There’s great balance to be found on their debut Self-Titled and they constantly fluctuate their songwriting tactics so that each of the album’s seven original compositions stands apart from one another.” ~ Teeth of The Divine