Formed as a traditional heavy metal band in 2017, MERLOCK
quickly found themselves drawn to heavy, psychedelic depths. Their self-titled demo
captured this original, mercurial aesthetic and was independently released in Spring 2018. The band then focused on touring and grinding shows out in the Pacific Northwest and their regional Spokane, Washington area. The more they played, the further the band moved away from their traditional heavy metal roots in search of something more luminous.
After relentless touring and practice, the band entered the studio in December of 2019, with local recording mastermind Bill Nieman. The band emerged with four tracks, which explore the psychedelic shadow realms of self-doubt, alienation, and aimlessness. The new MERLOCK ‘that which speaks…‘ EP is out now.
With an ominously beautiful cover done by artist Anthony Hurd, the ‘that which speaks…‘ EP was produced by Taylor Waring, recorded and mixed by Bill Nieman in his Spokane, WA studio, and mastering done by Randal Darabosh at Sky Ranch Studios in Oshkosh, WI. The release is available on cassette by Wandering Reliq, with an unnamed bonus track included. On July 10th, the EP was made available for digital download via Bandcamp and streaming through most outlets.
With a disdain for the desaturated, ‘that which speaks…‘ insists on shimmering through the confines of doom.
‘that which speaks…’ Tracklist: