DOWNPOUR – a Boston-based metal act with members of SHADOWS FALL and UNEARTH – have officially released their self-titled debut album.
Recorded in 2015 and kept under wraps until now, Downpour features vocals by Brian Fair (SHADOWS FALL) and Derek Kerswill (UNEARTH) on drums. The band recently signed with Noize In The Attic Records following a months-long PledgeMusic campaign that offered fans a chance to download the album before the release date.
Downpour is now available for streaming and download through all major digital platforms. Visit http://smarturl.it/downpourmetal.
DOWNPOUR started as a project without any expectations – just an unfettered desire to play music. Their initial, instrumental jam nights among the members offered a respite from real life – things like 9 to 5s, crumbling relationships, bills, and beyond. Their sessions were akin to therapy sessions and the music became increasingly heavy.
Soon, it morphed into a beast they could no longer hold back. It was becoming its own entity. The music they were creating was so invigorating that it convinced Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair to change lanes and join the band. It was a no-brainer, as Fair and drummer Derek Kerswill (Unearth, Seemless) solidified their musical chemistry when they played together in the aforementioned Shadows Fall in the early ’00s.
The album was recorded in spurts over a four-month period in 2015. The band purposefully elected to sit on the record until the time to release it was just right. That time is now.
Kerswill explains, “We consciously sat on the record for the last few years due to a lot of scheduling issues and we had all talked about the idea that back then. Everything was about content, and we wanted the days of Soundgarden and Tool-style mystery.”
“When I was first approached by Derek about getting involved with the DOWNPOUR, Shadows Fall was starting to come to an end and I wasn’t sure I was ready to start working with another band,” Fair admitted. “When he sent me the instrumental versions of the songs, I knew immediately that I had to get in! The combination of musicianship, unique songwriting style, and a groove that can’t be fucked with just absolutely blew my mind.”
Fair further states, “This was not only music I had always wanted to hear – it was music that I thought would allow me to push myself as a vocalist and try totally new things. I tracked some lo-fi, home studio demos and sent them off to the boys, having no idea if they would be feeling what I was laying down but I know I was! Luckily, they got my vision and encouraged me to push it even further.”
The band, rounded out by guitarist Matt LeBreton and bassist Pete Gelles, continues to maintain that same vision.
“We wanted to make a unique metal record that represented our varied influences, unrestrained by sub- genre or any other restrictions,” Fair says. “The vocal lines and lyrics seemed to flow effortlessly. The riffs and grooves really inspired me to find some deep and personal subject matter that I had yet to explore lyrically. Before I knew it, we had enough material for the record and we hadn’t even all jammed in the same room yet!”
They eventually did come together and Fair labels those first rehearsals as “electric.” Fans will be able to hear and feel that crackle in the finished product.