Something noxious this way comes: MIASMA THEORY, a collective of renegade musicians led by NORTHERN CROWN mastermind Zachary Randall, have announced the April 23 release of their self-titled debut album on Shadowlit Music.
The album is a breath of fresh air during the greatest pandemic in a century and is proof that never having shared a room with half of your band is not a limiting factor in a time of social distance.
MIASMA THEORY sees Randall commanding a strong lineup including NORTHERN CROWN/SKELATOR bassist Leona Hayward and guitarist Juan Carrizo (ANNA FIORI/MACUARRO/ZIX.) Across the album’s crushing tracks, the lyrical writing of Randall augments an already-solid rhythm section to make an argument for avoiding the bad air of the times — Burn what is rotten and preserve the hope for better days. The group of three is assisted by versatile vocalist Māra Lisenko (MARA, OCULARIS INFERNUM) and drummer Jonas Schütz (CONDEMNED TO DREAM, DIESIS).
Randall’s artistic vision is enhanced by artwork from the world-renowned TRAVIS SMITH, bringing the atmosphere to life with grave imagery. Mastering by DAN SWANO finishes the collection of songs, maintaining their dynamics and force. In keeping with NORTHERN CROWN’s releases, the album tops off with a cover of Candlemass’ “Under The Oak,” and is sure to please fans of the doom-leaning side of the spectrum.
Randall is simultaneously unveiling his self-started label, Shadowlit Music, which will house his current and future work. No stranger to the scene, Randall aims to lend experience and expertise to other independent artists to cultivate successful releases.