Artist : Author & Punisher
Title : Melk En Honing
Label : Housecore Records
Release Date : 29th June 2015
Tristan Shone, the creator and sole artist of Author & Punisher , combines an impressive background in mechanical engineering and conceptual sculpture to create what Wired Magazine has hailed as his own “special brand of doom metal,” one that is kinetic and utterly original.
Abandoning the typical guitar and drums set up, Author & Punisher makes aggressive rhythmic and laminal soundscapes from his own custom fabricated and precision machinery. Designed by Shone himself, the instruments of Author & Punisher are custom devices that begin mostly as big chunks of aluminium and steel that are worked into all manners of wheels, throttles, pedals, and masks to manipulate sound.
Author & Punisher’s newest album entitled Melk En Honing, produced by Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, Superjoint Ritual, and more) and due out Summer 2015 via Housecore Records, is a melange of his various drone machineries employed together with multiple physical rhythm machines, some synth and the new electromechanical masks that began to appear in A&P performances across the U.S. and Europe in 2014. After a year of heavy touring and festival appearances, the goal with this album became to try and capture the live dissonant power of the A&P experience. The combination of Anselmo’s persistence, expertise and some of Shone’s new experimentation with various vocal devices, this is a vocal-prominent, bass heavy album that combines A&P’s signature elusive drone sequences and hard hitting rhythms with unexpected terrains of melody and musicality that sustain Shone’s reputation as an unorthodox innovator in a class all of his own.
After leaving a career as mechanical engineer in Boston to focus on art and sculpture, Tristan Shone created Author & Punisher while getting his MFA in Southern California. In the metal and machine shops of University of California, San Diego, Shone forged a relationship with design, sound and fabrication that ultimately yielded A&P’s first three albums and mapped the journey away from traditional instrumentation towards custom made, precision machinery that he calls Drone Machines, Dub Machines and now his series of Masks.
All aspects of the A&P sound begin with physical movement, limbs struggling in unison to coordinate a wall of electronic rhythm and oscillation, ultimately conditioned by an organic and loose quality absent of sequencing and plastic perfection. Author & Punisher performances are a real amalgamation between man and mechanisms. They are direct, physical, heavy experiences that have amassed praise and intrigue from a wide array of audiences.
Bleak, unforgiving, relentless and tortured this is a magnificent blend of industrial, rock and electronics which makes Killing Joke sound like The Partridge Family. The bass sounds are organic gurgling monstrosities which sit under a barrage of rhythm and clattering noise. Shone’s fractured vocal delivery goes beyond the usual expected of this particular sub genre of metal and embodies an expressive emotional feel which sets it above any contemporaries.
A hugely enjoyable listening experience – recommended for those who enjoy industrial/rock sounds.
Tracks from the album will feature on the Sonic Attack Podcast on 9th June.