The newly formed drone/doom metal group LORDS OF THE DRIFT will release their cosmic debut album, The Arecibo Message, on November 20th with Stay Gold Records. Consisting of guitarist Tomo Milicevic (ex-Thirty Seconds To Mars), guitarist Tim Showalter (STRAND OF OAKS), guitarist/keyboardist Arjan Miranda (BLACK MOUNTAIN, S.T.R.E.E.T.S) and bassist David Bason (BARFBAG, WAR ORPHAN), LORDS OF THE DRIFT take listeners on a celestial journey..
The band came together over a mutual love of the infamous Earth 2 record. Tomo and David have been friends for years and toured the world together. Tim and Arjan the same. All four became friends in 2020 and realized they have a deep love for ambient drone music.
The Arecibo Message comes in at just over 30 minutes long and is comprised of three concept acts titled: Earthmakers, Geomancy and The Golden Ratio. It is a very interesting, bizarre and atmospheric journey with ominous currents running through it. It certainly offers something different and unique. It’s all instrumental and sounds like a voyage through space which is appropriate given their ethos and album title. The Arecibo message being a 1974 interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and Earth sent to globular star cluster M13. It was meant as a demonstration of human technological achievement, rather than a real attempt to enter into a conversation with extra-terrestrials.
LORD OF THE DRIFT’s first studio record was produced/mixed by Miranda and is a nod to the 1974 interstellar radio message carrying basic information about humanity and Earth sent to globular star cluster M13. The record consists of one track clocking in at just under 30 minutes with three acts.
The band has revealed the 2nd act, “Geomancy,” in advance of the record’s release and can be streamed now at https://youtu.be/YsB7s4qtP3s or below and it gives you a good idea of what to expect from the release:
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Act 1 – Earthmakers (0:00 – 11:30) Two massive celestial entities rub up against each other. Each swirling in opposite directions, grinding as they collide. You hear the point of contact. There is a struggle as the behemoths fight for the same space. Low end grazing against high end as they fight to squeeze past each other. Friction with each contact generates heat.
Act 2 – Geomancy (11:30 – 16:45) Relief. The two entities have passed and continue on their journey. The expanse is vast. The two bodies eventually come to rest, each having been introduced to new matter in the passing.
Act 3 – The Golden Ratio (16:45 – 29:02) The bodies find motion again. As new base elements melt, waves ripple at the edge of the celestial pool. Life is awakening, stretching, groaning, tales on primordial tadpoles wiggle and we witness evolution. But there is a sound that is not natural, it’s the sound of technology.
Commenting on the band’s formation and musical direction Showalter says, “Lords of the Drift represents four people getting together to find a language to describe the infinitesimal and eternal. There is a sense of comfort that comes from facing head on the overwhelming nature of existence.”
Bason adds, “We were all big fans of Earth 2. We wanted to make a record with the same basic 3 movement structure that left you feeling like you’re levitating once you got through the whole thing. Arjan did a really good job of getting that across in the mix.”