BROOKLYN “ASTRAL METAL” BAND ELKS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM ‘DESTINED FOR THE SUN’ ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
SUNWARD-SCREAMING GROUP TREKS ACROSS SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM WITH SOARING RIFFS, TOWERING TWIN LEADS
Burgeoning Brooklyn buzz band ELKS will release its debut album Destined for the Sun on September 13 via NYC’s Tee Pee Records. Featuring an abstract conceptual theme chronicling “the history of a tribe of nomadic Space Vikings,” ELKS’ Destined for the Sun tells the tale of “peaceful inhabitants of a planet colonized by an expanding empire,” incorporating a myriad of strange sci-fi ephemera including a “super computer” at the end of the universe dubbed “The Wizard.” Recorded by Made Out of Babies guitarist Brendan Tobin at Brooklyn’s Translator Audio, the album captures every nuance of ELKS’ dynamic live spectacle and amps it up tenfold, resulting in the perfect sonic experience for fans of mind-bending modern metal.
“We couldn’t be more stoked to sign with the legendary Tee Pee Records,” spills ELKS bassist / vocalist Don Stewart. “These guys built the scene, consistently putting out titanic jams by bands heavy, weird, and everywhere in between. We are honored to join their ranks as comrades and fellow voyagers of the void.”
ELKS is a forward-thinking, heavy-hitting and disciplined group of musicians whose adrenaline-driven songs combine relentless heaviness, behemoth riffing and technical proficiency with an epic scope that is fiery, intelligent and unpredictable. After honing its formidable live reputation with countless live shows, ELKS’ appearance on the vinyl compilation “This Is Brooklyn Not LA” saw the heat on the band grow hotter and earned the quartet gigs alongside acts such as A Storm of Light, Today is the Day and Coliseum and saw the Village Voice call the band’s sound “at once majestic and rollicking.” Now with the September 13 release of Destined for the Sun, ELKS are set to prove that their formidable reputation precedes them for a reason.
The track listing for ELKS‘ Destined for the Sun is as follows:
1.) White Fang Learns to Hate
2.) Fall of the Starchitect
3.) Two Moons of Mars
4.) Destined for the Sun
5.) Eaters of the Dead
“Much like contemporaries High On Fire or Coliseum, the band is at once majestic and rollicking, matching fantastic, orc-stabbing melodies with a friendly, Mastodonic gallop. The midpoint of their cosmo-warrior epic is “Destined For The Sun,” a track that is simultaneously brutal and hella fun–mostly thanks to the jaunty triplet feel, some completely unhinged guitar solos, and no shortage of fist-banging mania. Plus there’s the whole space Viking thing. To infinity and beyond!” – VILLAGE VOICE
“ripping…Elks are on to something” – BROOKLYN VEGAN