Geryon The Wound And The Bow on Limited Edition LP
Featuring Krallice's Nicholas McMaster & Lev Weinstein
Geryon is a progressively-inclined technical death metal outfit comprised of half of Krallice, Nicholas McMaster and Lev Weinstein. Solely through bass guitar, drums, and vocals, through this band the duo conjures a singular vision through complex layers and meticulously crafted tones where dissonance and melody maintain that equilibrium though the band's chaotic sound, taking from the blueprint through the duo's experience in Krallice, as well as their previous act, Astomatous.
Following their 2013 self-titled independent debut, Geryon now presents their sophomore full-length, The Wound And The Bow. While seemingly stripped down to the bare minimum without any electric guitars in the mix whatsoever, utilizing lyrics written by McMaster's sister, Antonia, the sounds that pour forth from The Wound And The Bow present an enveloping and overwhelming sound picture; a bizarre, strange yet unforgettable and twisted sonic journey to behold.
Produced at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Dysrhythmia) The Wound And The Bow record features guest electronic music contributions from the likes of Jim Mroz (Lussuria), Nick Podgurski (New Firmament, Feast of the Epiphany), and Chris Latina (Private Archive, Article Collection), as well as Marston and others.
Issues McMaster on the record's title: "The album title The Wound And The Bow is taken from an essay by Edmund Wilson about the Sophocles play Philoctetes. Philoctetes is from Homer; he's the best archer the Greeks have (having been given a bow that never misses by Hercules) but he suffers a snakebite on the way to Troy that leaves a permanent, festering wound, which smells so bad the Greeks abandon him on an island (though they come back for him years later when they realize they need his skill to win the war).
"Wilson's essay uses the dual nature of Philoctetes – talented but maimed – to posit a general link between psychological trauma and creativity, suggesting this is a common type throughout human history. It is in this sense that we use the title: The Wound And The Bow, two sides of the same coin, humanity as the vessel which transmutes suffering into art."