We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Des Moines, Iowa doom/sludge trio Druids’ new song “Dreams of a Surface” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s Cycles of Mobeum, being released on June 3rd through Sump Pump Records. Cover artwork by Mark Facey. You can pre-order the album here.
The band comments on the song:
“‘Dreams of a Surface’ tells the story of Warpia’s trip through time and space. She has visions of her planet’s end and communicates with an oracle that tells her what she needs to do when she gets to her destination.”
As mentioned in the quote above, Druids’ third album, Cycles of Mobeum, tells the tale of Warpia and her home planet Mobeum (so named as a nod to the French comic book artist Moebius, whose work is a major influence on the sound of the record).
Druids, who have opened for Baroness, Toxic Holocaust, Kylesa and Skeletonwitch, began as a couple of friends in Pella, Iowa absorbing the output of metal behemoths like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Mastodon, eventually forming Druids in 2008 as the duo of Luke Rauch (guitar, vocals) and Keith Rich (drums, vocals). The pair added Rauch’s younger brother Drew (bass, vocals) following the release of their first album, Pray For Water, in 2009.
Druids’ debut was released first as a limited edition CD on Ruleogy Records and later that year on cassette by Ea, Lord of the Tapes, before the album was re-released on CD by Austrian label PsychDOOMelic Records with a reissue on LP by Don’t Shoot Records. Druids put out their follow-up album, The Sound of Meditation, in their present form of a trio in 2013.
“There was a strong reaction to The Sound of Meditation that we didn’t expect,” recalls Drew Rauch. “So that response really drove us. Right after we released it, we started writing the new album.” The beginnings of the writing process involved the Rauch brothers getting together every weekend and hashing out ideas while bingeing on sci-fi movies. Once the album began taking shape, they headed to Wabi Sound in Des Moines. “We went into the studio knowing that we were going to take our time with it and that we didn’t have a strict deadline. We tried a lot of new things for this album.”
Cycles of Mobeum, recorded and mixed by Phil Young at Wabi Sound and mastered by Carl Saff (Earthless, Coliseum, Urge Overkill), will be out on June 3rd on CD and vinyl formats on Sump Pump Records. Druids’ first appearance on a Sump Pump Records release came in 2014 when they were included on a compilation. Druids will be hitting the road for a July tour, including sets at 80/35 Festival and QC Metal Fest.