In Winter 2013 the first rehearsal of the band which was later known as UNDERTOW has its 20th anniversary. That the band will still exist more than two decades later, having recorded seven albums, toured throughout whole Europe with international artists and played several big festivals is something that none of the members in the washhouse rehearsal room would ever have thought of.
The predecessor “Don’t Pray To The Ashes…” has received a massive response with high scores and even received the award “Album of the month” from the German Rock Hard magazine.
So early December their accursed seventh record will be released which was, again, recorded at the 141 studios by producer Roger Grüninger. But that is already everything that can be named “Business as usual”. The twelve tracks of “In Deepest Silence” reveal numerous innovations for the band.
First, the band has a second guitar player. Markus “Brandy” Brand contributes some solo works and has broaden the horizon of the band. Blast beats like in “Everember” are new to the UNDERTOW cosmos as well as the acoustic ballad in the mid of the album entitled “Inside One”. Nevertheless, fans of the band will recognize the typical UNDERTOW sound in heavy sounding smashers (like the opener “Canvas Ghosts”), groovy riffs with a catchy chorus (“BoxShapedHeart”) or the typical doom sound of the title track. All UNDERTOW brandmarks are gathered. And with the track “Slatesoul” there is finally “more cowbell”!
The artwork consisting of gloomy black and white pictures was done by a good friend of the band, well-acclaimed photograph Frank Schillinger (www.frank-schillinger.com). Björn Gooßes (Killustrations) which contributed the artwork for the last albums has a guest appearance as singer this time like known from the outfit THE VERY END. A second guest musician named Gary Meskil which may be known from a band called PRO-PAIN has recorded some nice additional vocals for “These Boots Are Made For Stalking”.
There are also two acoustic bonus tracks – “34CE” and “Smoke Garden”. A thank you for all the fans for supporting the band since 20 years. They were recorded at the Darkland Studios by Michelle Darkness (End Of Green).
So what is the goal for the band after 20 years? You cannot earn money with this sounds and the charts are still no subject matter. Lacking of a Maserati there is no point about speeding with 210 km/h on the Autobahn. The band will still travel with its good old transporter and the motivation will still be the fun and passion about the music itself!
2013: In Deepest Silence
2010: Don't Pray To The Ashes...
2003: 34CE (Threeforce)
1999: Harm OnE