Subrosa is an experimental sludge-doom band from Salt Lake City, a city plagued by the tension of opposites, bleeding with churning counterculture, and a fertile breeding ground for modern pioneers.
Within the Subrosa crucible, sludgy low-end and high volume lock arms with ultra-melodicism, folk and experimental elements delivered through the haunting ambience of two electric violins. The overall effect is emotional, eerie, bleak, and beautiful.
Rebecca Vernon’s vision for Subrosa brewed for some years before songwriting began in the summer of 2005 with kindred spirit Sarah Pendleton on violin. The Worm Has Turned was written in Rebecca’s haunted basement apartment and self-released in June of 2006. Strega was released in March of 2008 on Swedish doom/thrash label I Hate Records, after being remixed by Magnus “Devo” Andersson, bassist of Marduk.
Kim Pack joined as an additional violinist in 2008, and Subrosa’s latest full-length album, No Help For The Mighty Ones, recorded by Salt Lake producer Andy Patterson and remixed by Magnus “Devo” Andersson again, was released in the summer of 2011 on Profound Lore Records. No Help for the Mighty Ones was listed as #20 on Decibel’s Top 40 Albums of the 2011, and #20 on Pitchfork’s list of the 40 best metal albums of the year, along with other year-end lists.
Christian Creek (bassist) and Andy Patterson joined the band in spring of 2012, and last October, they played doom festival Fall into Darkness in Portland, Oregon, with Worm Ouroboros, Bell Witch, Wolvserpent, Eight Bells, Weedeater, VHÖL, Saint Vitus, and more. Profound Lore will release Subrosa’s next album, More Constant Than The Gods, in 2013.