News: Geld Signs with Relapse Records for Upcoming LP, Releases Single ‘Fog Of War’

Australia’s Geld have signed with Relapse Records for their upcoming LP, Currency // Castration, set to release on June 9. Rendering the dissociation and alienation of modern living with exacting precision, the album unfurls like a series of infinite reflections breaking down into fractal chaos where it becomes increasingly unclear whether one’s suffering comes from the outside world, or from the confines of one’s own skull.

Through their sound, Geld distill a despairingly hellish vision of the world into a thundering crack to the temple, a naked and unsparing fusion of hardcore’s bleakest violence with metal’s ruthless strength-through-conviction. Vocalist Al Smith’s vernacular is existential yet anti-philosophical, working swimmingly alongside the music provided.

On their lead track “Fog Of War,” Geld inverts classic tropes of anti-war rhetoric and turns them inward, facing the listener with the terror of being subject to the whims of a world that has long since spiraled out of anyone’s control-least of all your own self. The band’s first single comes equipped with an arresting video directed by James Gorter (below).

Currency // Castration Tracklist:

1. Currency
2. Chained to a Gate
3. Cut You Down
4. Clock Keeps Crawling
5. Fog of War
6. The Fix Is In
7. Across A Broad Plain
8. Hanging From a Rope
9. Gas of Corruption
10. Success
11. Secret Prison
12. Castration

Cutting their teeth in the gutters of Melbourne’s teeming punk and hardcore scene, Geld established themselves as the forerunners of a new breed of deranged aggression with their first LP, Perfect Texture (Iron Lung Records and Static Shock Records). This record was followed in quick succession by their EP, Soft Power, and LP, Beyond the Floor, releases which saw the band progressively push their sound towards a heavier, dirge-inflected register.

On Geld’s third LP, the band’s debut with Relapse Records, their miasmic excess gets a facelift. The result is a stripped bare, streamlined take upon hardcore in its purest form, reconstituted into a heavy, psychedelic dose of amphetamine thrills. With Currency // Castration, Geld offer no promise of a higher purpose or resolve. Rather, they lean into dissociation, finding truth and meaning in the transcendental joy of simply escaping, surviving, existing. Their sound will find a welcome home with those who have found their purpose in the dejection of outsider music and outcast art.
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Preorder Currency // Castration here, and follow Geld here.

Photo courtesy of Anita Shao

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