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STORMLAND announce ‘The Human Cost’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 5:32 AM (PST)

Canadian progressive technical death metal act Stormland has emerged from the COVID years with a new album, The Human Cost, set for release on September 30th, 2022.

The band made the announcement via a video released to social media and YouTube. This video includes parts of the songs “Marida,” “Test Subject,” “Rebuilt For Your Whims,” and “Esper.”

See teaser announcement below.

The Human Cost was written and recorded over the course of two years by Stormland’s Justin Pierrot and is the first of his albums to feature extended range guitar and bass.

The eight tracks continue the trend started on the prior Stormland offerings Songs of Future Wars and Incident Report: UC-0791227. The new album applies the lore of the Mobile Suit Gundam meta-series to inform its eight songs concerning the wide-ranging effects of war on a potential future.

The album also features guest appearances from Leda Paige (The Hallowed CatharsisJiseiSissyXO) on lead single “Test Subject” and Ross Sewage (ExhumedImpaledLudicra) on “Rebuilt For Your Whims.” The album mixed and mastered by Patrick Bruss of The Filth Chamber in Denver, Colorado.

This eight song album maintains the Gundam thematic lens, while bringing new tools, including eight string guitars and six string bass, to add new colors to the increasingly technical and progressive sound. Thus, with The Human Cost, Stormland fully makes the leap into the realm of progressive technical death metal. “This entire album is a massive leap forward for me,” said Pierrot “The 8-string guitar really helped me open up my songwriting due to the extra range. It forced me to really push myself so that I didn’t just rely on the low low E string but used every inch of the fretboard in an effort to create death metal that will make people feel something.”

Schuler Benson (@deathmetalradio on social media), the host of Gimme Radio’s “Malpractice” and co-host of the YouTube series “Symposium of Sickness,” stated, “The Human Cost is equal parts oath and monument, shedding blood in the service of Gundam lore while passionately navigating death metal subgenres with style-shifting fluidity. Come to see the damage the machine can do, stay to connect with the human face underneath.”

About:

Conceived in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist/programmer Justin Pierrot, Stormland has been active at varying levels ever since. Primarily a studio project, this Canadian death metal act has seen its lyrical focus evolve from vague sociopolitical vitriol (Complaints and Grievances demo, 2009) to analyzing the more mundane and fantastical (True, North, Strong, and Cranky EP, 2015) before eventually coming to rest on the Gundam theme (Songs of Future Wars, 2018 and Incident Report: UC-0791227, 2019).

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The excellent Incident Report: UC​-​0791227 propelled the one man Gundam-themed death metal machine known as Stormland from British Columbia into the ears of quite a few more death metal minded folks.  Justin from Stormland also performed the music on one of my favorite songs “Miracle Drug” on one of my own albums released this year and is just an awesome dude and supportive, real friend. Homie can also really wail the shit out of a guitar and is growing stronger with each release (“Contact” fucking slaps). This project really has legs to be a cult favorite if the releases continue.  Fallon Bowman and Jacob Frebe even make appearances on the recent EP.

Anyhow, we know Justin lives and breathes music and family and so we thought he would be the perfect choice for our Guest List Year End list this year. Here are my dude’s personal choices for his favorite 5 releases of this dwindling to a close insane year.

Justin’s picks: 

1) Allegaeon – Apoptosis. It continues to blow my mind the leaps that Allegaeon makes from album to album. You can practically hear the “level up” chime whenever the first single for a new release comes out. The songcraft and musicianship are always ace, and both guitarist Mike Stancel and new bassist Brandon Michael shine throughout. Apoptosis is a magnum opus of an album.

2) Babymetal – Metal Galaxy. While far more overtly pop than Metal Resistance, it’s still a strong,strong album. Yes, singles like “Elevator Girl” and “PA PA YA” are strong, but they’re not the stars. Deep cuts like pop radio-ready “Brand New Day” and the powerfully groovy “Kagerou” are where the album shines.

3) Ithaca – The Language of Injury. Beyond proclaiming themselves the new Masters of the Alarm Clock Riff, Ithaca’s debut longplayer is one of the most emotive albums I’ve heard all year. The rage and despair are palpable on songs like the title track and “Better Abuse.” It won’t shock me to see Ithaca become a staple on my personal AOTY lists for years to come.

4) KMFDM – Paradise. This came out of nowhere for me. I was not expecting new KFMDM in this, the year of our Lord, 2019. And yet here we are, and here it is. And it is good. It’s probably the strongest album, front to back, they’ve put out since the 1990s. It will make you smile, it will make you dance, and it will keep you angry at the ongoing fascist creep going on in our world.

Yup, KMFDM, as always, is Antifa.

5) Memoriam – Requiem for Mankind. A tighter album than 2018’s The Silent Vigil, Memoriam knocked a minute or two off the average song length for a leaner and meaner third release. This is death metal the way I likes it: With stomp, a bit of melody, and a sense of constant forward momentum.

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Stormland is the Gundam-centric death metal brain child of my friend Justin Pierrot. One of the most supportive and friendly people I have met in the Twitter metal-verse, Justin has just released his labor of love Songs Of Future Wars to the unsuspecting masses. He is a creative and enthusiastic individual who cares about the experiences of others and has also been very kind to me in moments of depression, so I thought it would be great to find out more about his own experiences and what led to this brutal yet personal and metaphorical album that is dressed up in stories about giant robot suits.

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