Releases Self-Titled Debut Album Today on Monofonus Press * Dates w/ Saviours, Russian Circles and Daughters, Black Cobra and more!
While an army of shredding guitars and pounding drums assault your ears, vocalist Mike Morowitz roars into the mic with such vehemence it's a little bit scary. Meanwhile, author Rebecca Bengal has penned a story to go along with the album, and it's equally bleak, with abandoned landscapes and animal carcasses. Nice. - XLR8R
The Roller is the preferred soundtrack of dragons or trolls under bridges, a doom metal roar stretched into a dropped-D gnarr that rumbles and pitches like a barely chained beast. - The Onion
“Massively distorted guitar, plodding bass and drums and a singer who sounds like all 20 feet of his small intestine are being slowly removed from his body with a fork.” – Joe Gross, Austin American Statesman
Formed in the psychotropic bowels of Austin, TX, The Roller emerged in late 2005 with a sound as annihilating as it is heavy. Vacillating between the drone of classic doom and the faster, unpredictable tempos of sludge-metal, the foursome provide the ideal soundtrack for a hesh sesh or all night fuck-fest of mind-bending and calamitous proportions.
The Roller freed some of their first recordings in 2006 on a limited-release, 250-press demo, before permanently recruiting Axes to the Sky alumnus Theron "Groady" Rhoten on guitar. With the current lineup complete, Rhoten, along with drummer Jeremy Jenkins, bassist Ed Davis and vocalist Mike Morowitz launched into a US tour in support of Austin brethren The Sword and San Francisco sludge-bags Black Cobra. They have also already shared the stage with fellow darksiders such as Pelican, Skeleton Witch, Saviours, Middian, Daughters, Kylesa, and Mammatus.
Drawing from the deep vibrations of vintage doom and heavy stoner rock such as Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer, The Roller began work on their first full-length album, recorded at Austin's Sweat Box studio. Set to release on June 17, the band will head out on a west coast tour this summer in support of the album.
For their first full-length, The Roller has teamed up with Austin label Monofonus Press for the 2nd installment of the IF Series, a collection of multimedia box sets that bring together musicians, writers, and visual artists. The Roller establishes the mood with their vicious volume and undeniable presence while author Rebecca Bengal provides the story, Captioning for the Blind, a lonely, lost Hill Country tale full of absence and animal carcasses. Both are accompanied by painter Virginia Yount’s fluorescent visions of surreal and mysteriously abandoned landscapes. Inspired by this collaboration, Morowitz wrote the opening track, “Zugunruhe,” based on Bengal’s story. The title describes an anxious behavior in birds, or as his sickening vocal sermon eerily declares, a “restless migration.”
Ed Davis (bass)
Jeremy Jenkins (drums)
Mike Morowitz (vocals)
Theron Rhoten (guitar)
Tracklist for The Roller:
2. Under the Beneath
3. Cremation of Care
4. Spirit of the Sun
5. Rattle of the Shaman
The Roller Live!
Jun 19 2008 Austin, TX @ ROOM 710 ANNIVERSARY SHOW AUSTIN, Texas w/ WORLD BURNS TO DEATH AND MORE!!!!
Jun 20 2008 Austin, TX @ Red 7 Austin, Texas w/ Russian Circles and Daughters (FREE)
Jun 22 2008 Houston, TX @ Rudyards Houston, Texas w/ Russian Circles and Daughters
Jul 5 2008 AUSTIN, TX @ CLUB 1808 TOUR KICK OFF SHOW AUSTIN
Jul 8 2008 Phoenix, Az. @ Jugheads Phoenix, Arizona w/ Dead See and Via Vengeance
Jul 9 2008 TBA---SAN DIEGO, CA SAN DIEGO, CA
Jul 10 2008 Los Angeles, CA @ Mountain Bar L.A, California w/ Green & Wood (FREE)
Jul 11 2008 San Francisco, CA @ Annie’s Social Club SAN FRANCISCO, California w/ Saviours and Black Cobra
Jul 12 2008 Oakland, CA @ Warehouse Oakland, California w/ Saviours and Pigs
Jul 13 2008 Santa Cruz, CA @ Blue Lagoon Santa Cruz, California w/ Saviours
Jul 14 2008 Reno, NV@ Satellite Bar Outsludged Fest RENO, Nevada w/ Witch Lord
Jul 15 2008 Eugene, OR @ THE SAMURAI DUCK EUGENE, Oregon w/ HAPPY BASTARDS AND LUCIKA <
Jul 16 2008 Portland OR @ ROTTURE PORTLAND, Oregon w/ ALDEBARAN
Jul 17 2008 TBA--- SEATTLE
Jul 19 2008 TBA--- DENVER, CO
Jul 20 2008 Denver, CO @ BAR-BAR DENVER, Colorado
Jul 21 2008 Lincoln, NE @ BOX AWESOME LINCOLN, Nebraska w/ WASTEOID AND SAMOTHRACE
Jul 23 2008 DES MOINES IOWA @ VAUDVILLE MEWS DES MOINES IOWA w/ SAMOTHRACE AND SOURVIEIN
Jul 24 2008 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge Lawrence, Kansas w/ Sourvein and Samothrace
Jul 25 2008 TBA---DALLAS, TX DALLAS, TX
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