Hailing from Grand Forks, B.C, named after, as vocalist Shane Sherman explains, “a slang term local to our area for a piece of machinery that was used in the mines over a hundred years ago.” Isolation has most certainly bred inspiration in the shape of Slagduster. “We are the only four musicians in our small town driven to form a progressive metal band.”
Inspired by such giants as Goijira. Sikth, Meshuggah, Dillinger Escape Plan, Between The Buried And Me, Shane describes Slagduster’s sound as “progressive, groovy, creative, unique, heavy.”
Shane feels their new album ‘Deadweight’ will be well received by fans. “Naturally our sound has come a long way since our debut release in 2010. The music is more complex, and much more developed, still heavy, but even more groove based. Listeners can expect to be challenged by focusing on the compositions, or lost in the musical landscape.”
Like the ancient machine they are named after, Slagduster work hard to draw art from base material, Shane describes their writing process as: “Meticulous. Lengthy. Not always pleasant, but we’ve learned to keep productive through compromise. We all appreciate the results of our hard work….All nine of these tracks have been very slowly and carefully crafted. No songs were scrapped, but all were completely revamped continuously for years. We put way more effort into collaborative songwriting, which has significantly advanced our original sound. Each track contains a variety of things, ranging from rippin’ riffs and tremolo melodies to soft transitional parts and psychedelic interludes on top of constant heaviness and groove.”
Of course, these songs are transformed in Slagduster’s live show, which Shane describes as “high energy, bordering on ridiculous, with offensive banter and annoying antics from an attention hungry frontman. Well executed yet fun and light-hearted performances perfected over years of touring.”
Deadweight is due out on May 5, 2017 and will be available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotfiy and all major online retailers.