DAYS OF OLD

by Balam

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'With The Lost' and 'Days Of Old' are two tracks off of BALAM'S upcoming new album 'Days Of Old'. Keep an eye out for the rest of the tracks as well as a physical release in the near future.

"Rhode Island traditional doom firebands Balam are gearing up to release their full-length debut, Days of Old, early in 2015. In fact, they’ve been “gearing up” for a decent portion of this year. The first signs of Days of Old surfaced via their Bandcamp over the summer in the form of the track “With the Lost,” and as we push into cold, dark winter, their fuzzed-out, classic-styled doom seems all the more vital.
You ever want to frustrate the hell out of a band, put them in the time between recording and releasing an album. I don’t envy Balam this contingency-sorting stretch — though they’ve continued to play shows through it — but with a 2015 issue on the horizon, the double-guitar five-piece are ready to unveil another slab of Days of Old, and I’m only too happy to comply. The title-track, “Days of Old,” can be heard on the player below.
Balam recorded Days of Old with Trevor Vaughn, and mixed and mastered with him as well between March and April of this year. The seven-song outing is a vicious 45 minutes of full-breadth riffing and stripped-down, light-on-frills doom. Led by the guitars of Zach Wilding and Jonny Sage, the vocals of Alexander Blackhound take early command of the material as the first half of the album pushes toward the title cut, while bassist Nicholas Arruda plays off Wilding and Sage in Candlemassian form (his shining moment arriving in his leading the band through the 15-minute closer) and drummer Zigmond Coffey adds plod to the nod of their bleak but still engaging groove. Days of Old lacks nothing for atmosphere — each side is given an instrumental introduction of substance, and themes play out in the songs as well — but ultimately, it’s the directness of Balam‘s attack that makes their debut so impressive, as well as the thrust of their tonality and how smoothly they are able to find a niche within the dreary scope of their doom.
There’s much still to take shape before Balam release Days of Old in terms of things like the cover art, what label, and so on, but consider this glimpse at “Days of Old” — and at 11 minutes, it’s a considerable glimpse indeed — an early warning of what the band have in store for the New Year. Here’s hoping the details get sorted soon."
-The Obelisk

Recorded by Trevor Vaughn
Mixed and Mastered by Balam and Trevor Vaughn
April/May 2014

Photo by Harry Gould Harvey IV

Vocals: Alexander Blackhound
Guitar: Jonny Sage
Guitar: Zach Wilding
Bass: Nicholas Arruda
Drums: Zigmond Coffey

All songs copyright Balam 2014

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released 07 February 2015

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Balam Newport, Rhode Island

A quintet of power born in Newport, RI. It's the directness of Balam‘s attack that makes their debut so impressive, as well as the thrust of their tonality and how smoothly they are able to find a niche within the dreary scope of their doom. Since their self titled release, they have devastated the East Coast with unrivaled live performances, the is no question; Balam are on their way up. ... more

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Track Name: Days Of Old
We won't ever die with our roots entwined
Tangled in this growth keeps our souls alive
They always took our Gods away for their power and their use
It's our time to dwell in what they called hell

They always took our Gods away
for their power and their use

Bars have rusted on this cage
Shackles loosened with no keys
Not restrained by ball and chain
Tongue returned I recall my name
Born once more on darkest night
Turned to places of my strife
Etching memories in the ground
With sacred soul I'm unbound
Life is faint if left alone one can't rise if under stone

Now we look into the sky reflecting on our lives reaching for its light

They always took our Gods away
for their power and their use
Track Name: With The Lost
Hitching rides with the lost
Trek takes you close but not enough
Trying to escape this hex
Which path do I take, devils test
The will to fight is almost gone
I look back at all that's known

Secrets learned from long ago
From forces nudging us below
Rituals performed in the dark
Forces unknown and untouched
This world reveals itself to me
It's figure hidden in the trees
Dancing, tormenting my mind
Does it sing of truth or lies?

Baby you'll put me inside my grave
All of your mistreating
Broke down my ways babe
Yea all your lovin', your lovin'
Will put me in the grave
Baby your lovin'
Is tormenting me
Put me in the grave