As Battleground Records prepares to release the Hives In Decline debut LP by Salt Lake City-based investigative sludge/math metal trio The Ditch and The Delta, The Sludgelord has issued the new track “Fuck On Asphalt,” which features guest contributions from Gentry Densley of Eagle Twin and Iceburn.
Engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa, Hives In Decline shows The Ditch and The Delta exploring further aspects of sound design within their unique take on doom/sludge metal. Employing different tunings, and modal centers, every song the band writes manages to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs. Hives In Decline also features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song “Fuck On Asphalt.”The lyrical content deals with everyday life and the constant suppression and alienation that comes with it. Three men from Mormon-dominated Utah are bound to have a lot of resentment and disdain for the mono culture they exist in daily.
The Sludgelord has issued Hives In Decline‘s “Fuck On Asphalt” alongside a feature highlighting some of the band’s musical influences, noting of the album, “The Ditch and The Delta will undoubtedly be a new name on the lips of many, but with the imminent release of debut album Hives In Decline that is set to change. Armed with their own unique brand of sludgy/noise/doom and love of the ‘Big Riff’, The Ditch and The Deltaimplement different tunings, and modal centers, which in turn has enabled them to avoid many of the usual doom trappings of excessive feedback, static harmony, and pentatonic riffs and in doing so they have created one of the finest debuts I have heard for many years.”
THE DITCH AND THE DELTA Tour Dates:
5/12/2017 Beehive Social Club – Salt Lake City, UT *Hives In Decline release show
5/16/2017 Starlight Lounge – Sacramento, CA
5/17/2017 Old Nick’s Pub – Eugene, OR
5/18/2017 Black Lodge – Seattle, WA
5/19/2017 High Water Mark – Portland, OR w/ Pinkish Black
5/20/2017 Caldwell House – Boise, ID
5/31/2017 Club X – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Graves At Sea
6/01/2017 Horseshoe Tattoo – Vernal, UT
6/02/2017 71 Grind Fest – Colorado Springs, CO