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The Drowning | Imperative Management:

The Drowning’s story began back in 2003, with their first release coming some two years later – the Withered EP. However it was with their second full length album, This Bleak Descent, which emerged in 2008, that the band really started to find their identity. Zero Tolerance Magazine described the album as a “majestic collision of Paradise Lost, Bolt Thrower and My Dying Bride”, but in truth this was the sound of a band finding their own way and forging their own powerful, inventive sound.

From the release of This Bleak Descent The Drowning never looked back; growing in confidence, growing in ability, ever more assured of their validity and talent. A magical split album with fellow doom/death stalwarts My Silent Wake followed and in 2011 the momentous Fall Jerusalem Fall was unveiled. The departure of vocalist James Moore at this pivotal point in The Drowning’s career might have been enough to derail some bands, but the Welshmen simply brought on board Matt Small and powered onwards.

In 2016, The Drowning unleashed their most formidable album to date – Senescent Signs. This incredibly evocative album married deep vocals, raw with emotion to guitar melodies that sang beautiful, heartfelt laments. The songs radiated an atmosphere of world weary sadness, but beneath that shroud were riffs that kicked hard, stunning, memorable hooks and searing solos. The sheer depth and quality of the song writing was breathtaking and tracks like ‘Betrayed By God’, ‘At One With The Dead’ and ‘Dawn Of Sorrow’, once heard, were impossible to forget.

Senescent Signs was an album that demanded The Drowning be recognised as true masters of their craft and the excellent reviews have confirmed this; flooding in from the likes of ZERO TOLERANCE MAGAZINE 5/6, SOUNDSCAPE MAGAZINE 9/10, LEGACY (15/16), XXL-ROCK (6/7), HAMMERWORLD (8/10), MIDLANDS METALHEADS 4/5, INTRAVENOUS MAGAZINE, THIRD EYE CINEMA, LORDS OF METAL, NO CLEAN SINGING and many more. Meanwhile major press interviews saw the band grace the pages of some of the world’s most prestigious metal publications such as LEGACY and ZERO TOLERANCE MAGAZINE. The Drowning played a series of prestigious live dates in support of Senescent Signs with the likes of MASTER, IMMOLATION, ENTOMBED A.D. and two UK tours with VADER. With these triumphant shows under their belt the band retreated to the studio to begin work on their next album...

The Drowning emerged from the studio with an album entitled The Radiant Dark, a powerful, potent creation, steeped in dark, melancholy atmosphere. Everything that was great about Senescent Signs, the band had, incredibly, expanded and improved upon and this was recognised by Indian record label, Transcending Obscurity Records who signed The Drowning as soon as they heard the stunning sounds of The Radiant Dark. The Radiant Dark will be released in the Spring of 2019 and The Drowning will hit the road around the UK once again, to support this monumental album. A pivotal year for the band lies ahead.

“...staggeringly heavy riffs...overwhelming sense of sadness and despair...augmented by some truly beautiful new dimensions.”

Genre: Doom/Death/Dark Metal
For fans of: Paradise Lost | Saturnus | The Vision Bleak | Katatonia

Matt Small – Vocal
Mike Hitchen – Guitar
Jason Hodges- Guitar
Steve Hart – Drums
Richard Moore – Bass


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