Desert Storm - Death Rattle
"The band have stepped up across the board and created undoubtedly their finest work to date. It caresses and pulls you in emotionally, but equally, loses none of that Crowbar-esque none-more-heavy hammer blow." - The Sleeping Shaman
"Death Rattle is both instantaneous and a grower. The immediacy of the songs means you can appreciate them straight away, but if you want to really enjoy this album, then full immersion is both necessary and essential." - Moshville Times
"A record that is exceptionally listenable and will continue to get play after play as the year goes on." - Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
"Death Rattle is simply complete. It's a mature record that does not rely on gimmicks, but on craftsmanship and creativity." - Arrow Lords Of Metal
"Desert Storm have presented us a well thought album filled with many flavors. They've embedded a range of influences into it and have created a sound that stands on its own. A nice release for fans of stoner, progressive, death and thrash with a tolerance for experimentation." - Tempelores
Desert Storm is a four-piece progressive metal band, which has been wielding crushing riffs and grooves into earholes around the world for the past 15 years.
Hailing from Oxford, the city of screaming spires, Desert Storm deliver their own unique brand of heavy music. Their sound is loud, punishing and unforgiving, but also woven with elation and electrical ecstasy.
31st March 2023 will see the release of their new album 'Death Rattle' out worldwide on APF Records (Video Nasties, Possessor, Battalions). Vocalist Matt Ryan states,
"Death Rattle is an album that leans to Desert Storm's strengths in songwriting ability. It is cohesive and flows with each song telling an individual tale, bound by common topics throughout. Genre traversing, musically progressing from the extreme and hard to softer palettes, moments of the ethereal. The light and dark shades are synonymous with the Desert Storm sound, as that which is completely light or dark is neither truly without contrast.
This is true also for the lyrics which span thematically. The core string section of two guitars and single bass are complemented by an array of other instruments throughout the album, but act as a solid foundation for heavy grooves and riffs. Death Rattle is best served loud."
The album was recorded & mixed at the beautiful Woodworm Studios in Oxfordshire by Steve 'Geezer' Watkins. The studio used to be owned by legendary folk band Fairport Convention, and in recent years has seen the likes of Tony Iommi & Rob Halford recording there.
Once the album was recorded and mixed, it was sent to Portland, Oregon, USA for Brad Boatright at Audiosiege to master (Torche, Nails, High on Fire). The artwork is by David Paul Seymour & layout by Dominic Sohor.
Over the years Desert Storm have been out on countless headline tours and have toured and shared the stages across the UK & Europe with many incredible bands including Crowbar, Orange Goblin, Karma To Burn, Red Fang, Corrosion of Conformity, CKY, American Headcharge, Conjurer and Raging Speedhorn to name a few. In 2023 they will tour extensively to support the release of ‘Death Rattle’.
1. Master Of None
2. Cheyne Stoking
3. Bad Trip
5. Salt Of The Earth
6. Druid’s Heath
8. Self Deprecation
9. New Dawn
Recorded and mixed at Woodworm Studios, Oxfordshire UK, between winter of 2021 and summer of 2022 by Steve "Geezer" Watkins.
Mastered in September 2022 by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland OR, USA.
All music written by Desert Storm. All lyrics writted by Matthew Ryan.
Artwork design by David Paul Seymour. Layout by Dominic Sohor.
Limited Edition Vinyl LP & T-Shirt Bundle
Vinyl T-Shirt Bundle
Strictly limited edition of 250 LPs. Death Rattle on marbled vinyl in spined sleeve with printed inner, cello-wrapped. Vinyl image for illustration purposes, each LP will be unique. Plus Desert Storm t-shirt designed by Steven Yayoda.
CD & T-Shirt Bundle
CD T-Shirt Bundle
Death Rattle on CD housed in 4-panel digipak with booklet, cello-wrapped. Plus Desert Storm t-shirt designed by Steven Yayoda, screen printed on Gildan Heavy cotton.
Tape & T-Shirt Bundle
Tape T-Shirt Bundle
Death Rattle on sage green cassette tape housed in 8-sided j-card and clear case. Plus Desert Storm t-shirt designed by Steven Yayoda, printed on Gildan Heavy cotton.
Death Rattle T-Shirt
T-shirt designed by Steve yayoda. Printed on Gildan Heavy cotton.
Limited Edition Marbled Vinyl LP
Strictly limited edition of 250. Death Rattle on marbled vinyl in spined sleeve with printed inner, cello-wrapped. Vinyl image for illustration purposes, each LP will be unique.
Digipak Compact Disc
Death Rattle on CD housed in 4-panel digipak with booklet, cello-wrapped.
Limited Edition Cassette Tape
Death Rattle on sage green cassette tape housed in 8-sided j-card and clear case. Strictly limited edition of 50.