By Linc Bradham
It’s rare to experience things that are completely new these days. As the adage goes, “There’s nothing new under the sun, just a new crowd doing it.” Well, when it comes to Pittsburgh-based psychedelic drone metal band The Long Hunt, nothing could be further from the truth. The group just released their second album entitled “Threshold Wanderer,” with an accompanying animated short film for each song. Some might think this level of animation has already been done for a group such as Gorillaz, but when you see the animation style The Long Hunt’s guitarist Trevor Richards used for Threshold Wanderer, it will become apparent that the style of immersion The Long Hunt is striving for is, in fact, completely new.
It’s hard to accurately compare The Long Hunt to already established bands, because their sound is so different. However, there are some similarities with groups such as Tool and Mastodon. Still, the guitar tone and style of playing cannot be summed up just in comparing to those two groups. No, the most pertinent way to discover The Long Hunt’s sound is to listen for yourself while taking in the painstakingly-created visuals from Richards, which took a combined total of eight months and over 1,000 hours of work.
As far as Threshold Wanderer itself goes, there are many archetypal themes which the album deals with. These include nature, life, death, and rebirth. The band itself does an incredible job at marrying these metaphysical themes with a soundtrack that encourages the listener to analyze while simultaneously being absorbed into the soundscape. The standout track in the album is “Procession of Dust,” not only for the audio quality, but the visuals as well. A triumphant, victorious soundtrack of wonder coupled with macabre images of graveyards, magic, and a plague, amongst other serious motifs, “Procession of Dust” is a journey of enlightenment and discovery which you can experience for yourself here, in addition to finding The Long Hunt’s social media and website links in the video description. You can also find this track on the Alchemical Records Multigenre playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Linc Bradham is an American multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, audio engineer, and songwriter originally from Savannah, GA. He has resided in the DMV for the last three years and has served in the active-duty Army for the last 12 years. He is in the process of switching Army careers into the Army Field Band as an audio engineering professional, with long-term goals of promoting music education in America and the Middle East.
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