Instru-metal/progressive act Loincloth formed following the demise of Raleigh, North Carolina-based death/doom act Confessor. Confessors' drummer Steve Shelton and guitarist Cary Rowells were recruited by Richmond, Virginia-area guitarists Tannon Penland (Kenmores, Koszonom) and Pen Rollings (Breadwinner, Honor Role, Butterglove), The Loincloth lineup was now fully realized, and the math madness began to unfold.
The idea behind the formation of Loincloth was to create a band that focused only on the things that made the members? favorite form of music inspiring and powerful, steering clear of cliché formulas. Loincloth choose instead to carve its name out of sheer force of will, Punishing riffs and a mean rhythm section were all they were interested in; no acoustic parts, no pointless leads, no repetition and most importantly NO VOCALS! To them, metal was getting punched in the face by sinister riffs while a tight rhythm section kicked them with counter-beats to the gut!
Loincloth released their first four-song demo in 2003, which was met with immediate interest from Southern Lord Recordings, Southern Lord used three tracks from the demo, and released these tracks as part of the 7' Of Doom series in 2003 , Another track from the demo was included on a Swami Records :"Swami Sound System Vol 1" compilation that year as well.
With the current band lineup now a simplified power trio comprised of Penland, Shelton and Rowells, the first output from Loincloth since 2003 will hit the streets in January, in the form of their first full-length, Iron Balls of Steel, Constantly crafting and reshaping riffs into no-nonsense metal brutality, the album serves as an offering to all who feel that metal allows for more freedom of expression than other forms of music, Metal accepts extremes, In fact, metal is nothing without extremes! To create pure metal you have to push yourself, and Loincloth meant to do just that, Iron Balls of Steel is about metal?s promise to kick your ass, and Loincloth is keeping that promise!
Cat No: LORD147
Packaging: CD Regular
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