Cleric is a four piece band from Philadelphia that mixes elements of doom, grind, and swirling ambience into a sound that is more intuitively brutal and satisfying to the listener than other genre straddling groups. Their debut full length, Regressions, aims to deliver dynamic forward motion with compositions that grab ones attention from the start and move them deeper with each song. Fans often say that Cleric fuses the styles of bands such as Meshuggah, Converge, Fantomas, and Neurosis while pushing the overall sound towards a level of brutality and experimentation that a single band rarely combines. The album was recorded and engineered at The Thousand Caves in Queens, NY (Kayo Dot, Jarboe, Genghis Tron) by Colin Marston of Dysrthymia, Krallice, Gorguts, and Behold… The Arcotpus
In their six years as a band Cleric has released two self produced EPs and a critically acclaimed 12” picture disk through Sound Devastation Records (UK), all of which have garnered praise for their unique sound and intricate artwork. Cleric has supported these releases with national tours that market directly to their fan base and by taking their intense live show on the Vans Warped Tour in 2003 and 2004. The members of Cleric also collaborate regularly on film scores and have been honored by performing a live score at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and receiving a nomination for Best Music at the 2008 AVN Awards. Cleric often uses their film score experience in their music to add an overall atmosphere that is often described as darkly visual and eerily psychedelic.
Regressions will be released on Web of Mimicry records and distributed through Revolver in early 2010. The release will be supported by a campaign of national promotional marketing and touring. Cleric’s intention has always been to craft a sound that is overwhelming with respect to brutality and composition while avoiding technical clichés or any one genre’s aesthetic. With Regressions this has never been more clear and is sure to appeal to fans of all forms of metal, doom, grind, and hardcore as well as fans of experimental, avant-garde, and extreme music in general.