Author & Punisher “Women & Children”

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Author & Punisher

Women & Children

Jeremiah S.

Author & Punisher is a one man doom/drone metal band formed by Tristan Shone, a mechanical engineer from San Diego. The music is composed and performed entirely on custom designed and fabricated mechanical instruments called dub and drone machines. While a large mechanical contraption may be fitting to a cacophonous wall noise, the human element in the form of the operator, lends the project a musical accessibility not typically found in the homemade instrument experimental/noise community. By design, the Dub/Drone Machines follow the player’s mood giving the songs an expressive quality that is not typically found in electronic/industrial music, where the BPM is typically locked into a stable pattern.  Operating from within a mechanical assortment of knobs and sliders, Author & Punisher’s music explores the fusion of man and machine and is essentially the ultimate industrial band in both concept and sound.

Women & Children is the most recent Author & Punisher album, and while it retains the pulsating mechanical rhythms, industrial clamor and outright sonic brutality of the previous albums it also brings the vocals to the forefront and relies on more familiar sounds, such as piano, to create some of band’s most accessible and musical moments to date. While previous Author & Punisher tracks seem to alternate between introspective dub serenity and all out assault, Women & Children has found the middle ground between those two points, making the tracks into more conventional songs while maintaining the band’s uncompromising sonic vision. While the album does feature the occasional piano ballad or Ghost style clean vocal, the overwhelming intensity of the music remains true. This is the only band in our metal section without a guitar player or drummer but the crushing intensity of their sound confirms that this is genuine metal machine music.

Author & Punisher is opening for Philip H. Anselmo in Seattle on January 17 at El Corazon.

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