Cover shot – LO! / Stefan Duscio

Cannibal Culture is the new single from Australian blackened sludge veterans Lo!‘s forthcoming album The Gleaners out April 7 via Pelagic Records. Hailing the band as “one of the best post/sludge/whatever bands out there right now”, the video was premiered on Heavy Blog Is Heavy.

Directed by Lo! bass player Adrian Shapiro, we awake to a grim representation of modern man, the contemptuous clown of capitalism. Applying his “human” face to greet the world. “I wanted it to be an uncomfortable film to watch, and I think the emotionless nature of our monster really drives that disgust home” says Adrian Shapiro.

“The album’s introduction of the Caucasian vulture, this track is a hatefully vile anthem on the mass exploitation, appropriation and dilution of other cultures committed by non people of colour often naively or without thought to the devastating and intergenerational effects.” says vocalist, Sam Dillon

Pre-order The Gleaners here

Lo! herald the end of the existing order of things, executing crushing judgement upon those tyrants who put the poor to powder.

On The Gleaners Lo! firmly continue in the vein of their much-lauded third album, setting an over-arching storyline with multiple characters to a symphony of sonic death and destruction. “Vestigial opened up the writing arena for Lo! in many ways,” explains guitarist and main-songwriter Carl Whitbread about the predecessor of The Gleaners. “We created an album of anthems without losing the groove or viciousness of performing live, using defined characters and themes that are revisited and interwoven across the record, while also experimenting with atmospheric and cinematic samples to breathe life into the recording.”

From afar, The Gleaners would seem like a fair breeding ground for conspiracists, and it does make a grander scheme of things seem plausible, both for sceptics as well as free thinkers. However, don’t be deceived! At the base of The Gleaners lies a hardcore search for freedom and truth that leaves nothing to the imagination. From the one-two punch of album opener Our Fouling Larder and Salting the Earth to the d-beat destruction of Rat King and the massive culmination of Cannibal CultureLo! leave you little opportunity to catch your breath. Even the more atmospheric tracks like Pareidolia or the title track feel crushingly heavy not despite but because of their slower pace. Above all, this record is nothing but a frm rattling of your cage – and who could expect something else from the minds of this Australian quartet who have been churning out nothing but stellar sludgy blackened hardcore over the past twelve years? Like a Hieronymus Bosch painting, the storyline of The Gleaners has little of a focal point, the characters crawl all over the place – its chaos is complete – but somehow its impact is phenomenal. Lo! have gone and done it again, creating a terrifying vision of the infernal madness of our reality that shakes you to your core!

Carl Whitbread (guitar) | Sam Dillon (vocals) 
Adrian Griffin (drums) | Adrian Shapiro (bass, backing vocals)

01. Our Fouling Larder
02. Salting the Earth
03. Deafening Bleats of Apathy
04. Rat King
05. The Gleaners
06. Pareidolia
07. Kleptoparasite
08. Cannibal Culture
09. Mammons Horn

You can see more from LO! on the official Pelagic Records YouTube channel