AUTHOR & PUNISHER’S MELK EN HONING RELEASE BY HOUSECORE RECORDS
Author & Punisher is the sole inhabitant of a new league of unwieldy heavy music and live performance. Tristan Shone, the creator and sole artist of A&P, combines an impressive background in mechanical engineering and conceptual sculpture to create what Wired Magazine has hailed as his own “special brand of doom metal,” one that is kinetic and utterly original.
Abandoning the typical guitar and drums set up, Author & Punisher makes aggressive rhythmic and oscillatory soundscapes from his own custom fabricated and precision machinery. Designed by Shone himself, the instruments of Author & Punisher are custom devices that begin mostly as big chunks of aluminium and steel that are worked into all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate sound in to menacing audial threats live, capable of inspiring fear merely through their formidable appearance.
Author & Punisher’s newest album entitled Melk En Honing, produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, and more) and due out Summer 2015 via Housecore Records, is a melange of his various drone machineries employed together with multiple physical rhythm machines, some synth and the new electromechanical masks that began to appear in A&P performances across the U.S. and Europe in 2014. After a year of heavy touring and festival appearances, the goal with this album became to try and capture the live dissonant power of the A&P experience. The combination of Anselmo’s persistence, expertise and some of Shone’s new experimentation with various vocal devices, this is a vocal-prominent, bass heavy album that combines A&P’s signature elusive drone sequences and hard hitting rhythms with unexpected terrains of melody and musicality that sustain Shone’s reputation as an unorthodox innovator in a class all of his own.
Watch the video for “Shame”
High fidelity drones piston in to existence from Shone’s machines, so thick and pulsating they lay a sonic lead blanket waving over your core, although experimental passages linger only as long as needed, regrouping or intensifying with pounding rhythms and stripped-back demonstrations of mechanical monstrosity. The sound builds anxiously up to monumental levels, but always rewards with a hint of hope in the form of powerful sonic phrases distantly related to choruses, leaving you feeling exhausted but satisfied.
Watch the video for “Void, Null, Alive”