Industrial metal visionary AUTHOR & PUNISHER delivers his sixth full-length recording and Relapse debut Beastland on October 5th. Watch the official performance video for “Nihil Strength” .
AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s mastermind Tristan Shone comments: “I built new machines for this album to make more aggressive and dynamic music. These devices are compact and powerful, made from robotic components, intended for high energy repetition. I, as do many others, feel rage against the Beasts of our era: those who horde, who poison, or who discriminate. We need aggressive music to make an aggressive statement. Beastland is an introspection of who we are as a human race. At a time when we have the tools, the intellect, and the history to remind us how to treat each other and the earth, we go far out of our way to feast on the less fortunate and vulnerable, disregarding the atrocities and lessons of the past.”
Additionally, AUTHOR & PUNISHER returns to Europe in October after the release of Beastland, including select concerts with Godflesh, Conan and more. Also, he recently announced the first leg of Fall US tour dates with the Uniform & The Body collaboration. Finally, AUTHOR & PUNISHER will perform at Cold Waves Festival throughout September in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. All confirmed tour dates are available below and more announcements to come in the near future.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s sixth studio album Beastland is due out October 5th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records. Physical packages are available for pre-order and Digital Downloads / Streaming .
Beastland was recorded at K Street in San Diego, CA and engineered by Tristan Shone & John Cota (Death Eyes). Additional recording was done in Las Cruces, NM with Jason Begin (vytear). The album was co-produced with Braden Diotte (Faust, EXO//ENDO, Neurosis, Pinback, Tarantula Hawk), mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
Drawing inspiration from his career as a mechanical engineer, Tristan Shone (the creator and sole artist behind AUTHOR & PUNISHER) forged a relationship with design, sound, and fabrication that ultimately yielded his hand-built “Drone Machines” which mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made “precision machinery.” A robotic experimentation in industrial metal, noise, doom and drone, AUTHOR & PUNISHER recalls Nine Inch Nails channeling Godflesh, traversing through dark, uncompromising, and often disturbing soundscapes with occasional detours into rich melodies and splinters of light. Armed with newly built “Drone Machines” and a new label, Beastland is AUTHOR & PUNISHER’s career-defining statement and a powerful listening experience that further blurs the line between man and machine.
AUTHOR & PUNISHER Tour Dates:
Sep 14 New York, NY Cold Waves NY @ Irving Plaza
Sep 22 Chicago, IL Cold Waves VII @ Metro
Sep 27 Los Angeles, CA Cold Waves LA @ 1720
Oct 12 Rotterdam, NL RVLT Festival
Oct 13 Helsinki, FI Blowup Vol. 4
Oct 14 Tallinn, EE Sveta Baar
Oct 15 St. Petersburg, RU LES
Oct 16 Moscow, RU Model T
Oct 17 Malmo, SE Plan B (w/ Conan)
Oct 18 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset (w/ Godflesh)
Oct 19 Oslo, NO Bla
Oct 20 Gothenburg, SE Sticky Fingers (w/ Godflesh)
Oct 24 Lisbon, PT MusicBox
Oct 25 Porto, PT Maus Habitos
— All dates Nov 8 – Nov 17 with The Body & Uniform —
Nov 08 Cambridge, MA Sonia
Nov 09 Montreal, QC La Sala Rossa
Nov 10 Toronto, ON Baby G
Nov 11 Detroit, MI El Club
Nov 12 Oberlin, OH Dionysus Disco
Nov 13 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Nov 15 Pittsburgh, PA Spirit Hall
Nov 16 Philadelphia, PA PhilaMOCA
Nov 17 Brooklyn, NY Market Hotel