Despite its reputation as a stable for slow, pensive, exploratory metal acts such as Earth and Sunn O))), the record label Southern Lord has recently embraced the opposite extreme, signing some of the fastest and most pummeling punk-metal crossover acts around: Nails, Dead in the Dirt, Kromosom and All Pigs Must Die.
Southern Lord recently added another punk-metal exemplar to its ranks, signing Greensboro’s Torch Runner. According to a press release, the band is currently finishing its follow-up to 2012’s grimecore—their particularly nasty iteration of grindcore—masterpiece Committed to the Ground at Greensboro studio Legitimate Business with producer Kris Hilbert. The cover art will be created by Rock Hill, S.C. artist Fernando Pena, who also fronts the band Nailbiter.
Fitting a band that so capably bridges extreme metal and hardcore punk, Torch Runner claims that its forthcoming album will be its fastest work to date, focusing on “externalizing the anger and frustration that we all face internally.” Further album details and tour dates have yet to be announced.