Thursday 30 May 2024

Exclusive Album Premiere Of Drone/Doom Metallers CARNWENNAN Debut Album LOTUS

Albany, New York-based sludge/drone metal quartet CARNWENNAN presents their debut LP, Lotus, through Darkest Records.

You can listen to the spellbinding and brilliantly heavy new album below with this exclusive album premiere thanks to the good folks at Earsplit PR.

Vocalist/Guitarist Jack Jackal says this about Lotus: 

"We've been working on this for three years now, and Friday we'll finally be able to show everyone the extent of our labors. Thanks to everyone for the support so far, and we hope you like it.

Darkest Records will release Lotus on LP and digital formats this Friday, May 31st. Preorders can be placed at Bandcamp HERE. Also watch the mesmerizing video for “III” HERE. Fans of Earth, Khanate, Hush, Om, Bell Witch, Primitive Man, Conan, and Old Man Gloom must hear CARNWENNAN’s Lotus.

The Lowdown

CARNWENNAN’s Lotus plays as one continuous track subdivided into four movements, the album created with great restraint and tension, resulting in a slow-motion, seamless evolution. The wooded environment of the band’s upstate surroundings indisputably influenced the lush, organic sounds of growth and decay, life and demise, themes which are exemplified in the lyrical and visual delivery of the album.

Recorded outside of Hudson, New York by Ryan Slowey at the headquarters of Darkest Records – the label formed by members of fellow Hudson Valley sludge stalwarts Hush – Lotus was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Locrian, Iron Monkey, Mournful Congregation).

CARNWENNAN’s bassist, Alex Waters, is an acclaimed painter and created the album's cover art. Vocalist/guitarist, Jack Jackal, also does design work for many underground artists and curates Castle Jackal Magazine, contributed artwork to the album layout. Amps and pedals used on the album were conceived and built by lead guitarist Alexandria Ashpond. Since recording the album, the band’s original drummer James Leshkevich has left and been replaced by former drummer of The Acacia Strain, Kevin Boutot.

CARNWENNAN is booking shows throughout the Northeast surrounding the release of Lotus, with more widespread touring in the works for later in the year. See all currently confirmed shows below and watch for updates to post throughout the coming months.


6/01/2024 Empire Underground – Albany, NY w/ Intrusive, Misery Machine
6/08/2024 No Fun – Troy, NY w/ Horse Grave, Flatwounds, King Mob
6/09/2024 Collar City Mushrooms – Troy, NY w/ Radiation Blackbody, Compress


Thanks to Earsplit PR for all of the info