From the state of California, Keeper hath erupted last year with their debut release ‘MMXIV’ and mowed all who have listened over with the heaviest of agonizing crawls, and a maturity in performance that belies the band’s time of existence. Drawing comparisons to Grief, Cough, and Noothgrush just scratches the surface of their pummeling craft. The track they present in ’777’, is 14 minutes of total despair and anguish; a sign that this band have much more in store to deliver to their growing rabid fan-base. This track is already proving itself a milestone for them; this band is definitely one to watch for the future.
The flip side to this massive split is balanced out by an equally devastating track, from rising crust/doom darlings of the U.K. in Sea Bastard. Since their inception in 2011, they have been building a solid name and reputation for themselves with each release they put out. Last year’s album ‘Scabrous’ found itself being put out this year in vinyl form by Dry Cough Records, and saw them gain in leaps of popularity. Not to rest on their haunches, the band continues their mountainous glacier crawl and gives up the 20+ minute opus ‘Astral Rebirth’; showcasing their ongoing quality of crushing excellence.
“If you are not into this sort of music this record will further convince you of that fact, for lovers of such misery will lap this up. The mix and production suit this music perfectly and has captured the sonics as they should be heard.” - Planet Mosh
“There’s an old cliché that there’s more than one way to skin a cat, which always struck me as a pretty awful thing to turn into a common phrase, but in a way it fits the purely sonic nature of this split. Keeper is maniacal, surreal and visceral. Sea Bastard is brutish but explorative. Both are ruinous, devastating bands in their prime. While everyone is going to prefer one band’s methods over the other based on personal preference, it’s impossible to ignore the strength and value of both bands, which makes this split more than worth your time.” - The Sludgelord
“Both dealers in misery and purveyors of the downtrodden, the two bands’ consummate pairing makes this release all the more impressive. Whereas Keeper are the sound of a tortured, agonized soul, Sea Bastard are the vehement pain-dealers, gloating in the presence of their comrades’ manacled, broken bodies and basking in their collective anguish - the tormented and the tormentor… This split is the instrument of its own torture, brought to life through two bands who complement each other while rejoicing in the darkness and depravity crafted by their own hands. With both sides of the Atlantic on top form, this can only be a collective taste of things to come.” - CVLT Nation
“There’s a controlled brutality here, heavier yet just as ominous, this is from a dark place which no soul should inhabit but thank God for us listeners they do. Nod majestically at the front, ye worshipers, this is a mighty, frightening split highlighting the best aspects of two bands whose diseased outlook is matched by their deliberate, tolling power.” - Ghost Cult Mag
released January 27, 2015
‘777’ written and recorded July 2014 in The Gloom Closet. Mixing and mastering by Keeper.
Jacob Lee: Guitar/Bass/Vox
Penny Keats: Guitar/Drums/Vox
‘Astral Rebirth’ ~ written by Sea Bastard; recorded and co-produced by Paul ‘Win’ Winstanley
Steve - bass
George - drums
Oli - guitar
Monty - vox