Dead Swords, the brand new New Jersey-based outfit comprised of Alex Rosamilia of The Gaslight Anthem and Corey Perez (Bottomfeeder, I Am The Avalanche, Let Me Run), are pleased to announce its first physical release titled Skeletons and Broken Souls, a vinyl offering of the band’s two new EPs. Recorded with Frank Marra at North End Recording Studios, all eight songs from the band’s current catalog can be streamed and downloaded via the band’s Bandcamp page with the full vinyl package, that will include expanded artwork by Rosamilia himself, available for purchase on Friday, May 5.
Listening to Dead Swords is like being lost in the loneliest darkness. Theirs is a world of overwhelming static and feedback, of eternities-long melancholy, of the purest beauty shrouded and obscured by the blackest night. It's the sound of being alive centuries before you were ever born. The brainchild of both Perez and Rosamilia, the New Jersey band plays a ghostly kind of shoegaze, or, perhaps, a more soothing kind of black metal. Because despite the torrent of guitars at the center of these funereal and nihilistic songs, there's hope and beauty in these songs too, dreams that refuse to succumb to the nightmare of the real world and the bleakness of our own ever-impending mortality
"I had written and demoed a couple of songs myself but I didn't want it to be a solo-focused project that was called 'Alex Rosamilia’,” said Rosamilia of the inception of Dead Swords. “I asked Corey [Perez] if he would want to join me because we have similar tastes on a lot of things even outside of music so I knew there would be no confusion as to the direction or aesthetic of this project."
Two halves of the same black hole, the EPs are now being released together as one vinyl record, fusing together to create an unrelenting journey into the depths of humanity and despair, into the very center of human existence. So close your eyes and immerse yourself in their songs. Let them wash over you, possess you, take over your body and your soul totally and completely. But be warned – returning back home to the real world afterwards might be harder than you think....