LAMPERJAW is a loud, independent stoner/sludge metal band from the heart of Appalachia. This heavily-bearded band exhibits a great depth of meaning and a wide breadth of musical influences in every song. They concoct their sound from a recipe of heady lyrics belted out in a mix of clean and gritty vocals, overlaying overdriven guitar and muddy bass tones, and straight-forward heavy rock drumming. They stick mostly within the bounds of their chosen stoner/sludge genre but also draw on doom metal, heavy psych, '70s proto-metal, Southern rock, noise rock, black metal and thrash metal styles, subtly incorporating elements of each in their music. The band even borrows occasionally from the traditions of home, namely, bluegrass and old-time mountain music.
Lead vocal duties are shared by growling bassist Lane Bryant and riff-wielding guitarist Dedrian Webb. Ever-energetic drummer Codi Quesenberry heaps on harmonizing backing vocals to round out the mix. All three members contribute to the band's songwriting efforts. Lyrical themes range from spiritual, philosophical, and historical discourses to the telling of trivial stories of love, greed, and moonshining from their simple mountain homeland. The end-product is one of the thickest sounding three-piece ensembles you'll ever hear. Their unique and seasoned "mountain metal" brew is, perhaps, best dispensed in their live show, which is always a raucous hootenanny sure to blow minds and burst eardrums at a head-spinning 180 proof. While their emphasis is on providing an entertaining live show, the band worked with Dead Peasant Studio in Wilkes County, NC to put out their first studio release on July 26, 2014. The 3-song demo can be streamed and downloaded for free on the band's Bandcamp page.
Blogger Billy Goate of Doomed & Stoned writes of Demo EP 2014, "…it's Southern sludge metal at just about its best… it definitely deserves to be heard…"
Steve Howe, The Sludgelord, exclaims "OH HELL YEAH... [LAMPERJAW's] blend of Southern Metal tinged with slabs of Sludge, Stoner and Doom Metal should get your heart-beat pumping as it's packed full of great riffs... groovy as hell licks and awesome vocals to match... passion and raw anger coming at you from every direction. Some intense guitar solos... “Menace of a Cruel Earth” is a song DOWN would be proud to call their own... they have the potential to go a long way indeed. Southern Metal with a dark, dangerous and addictive edge. Awesome stuff."
The great J. J. Koczan (a.k.a. "H. P. Taskmaster") at The Obelisk comments that LAMPERJAW is "drunken-stomping the line between sludge and Southern heavy" and elaborates that their song Menace of a Cruel Earth "moves from low-in-the-mouth whoa-yeah-style grit across a successful linear build to a harmonized, well-arranged apex."
LAMPERJAW started playing live shows in the summer of 2013 and has since shared the stage with such other bands as Stonecutters (Time Is Truth Records), Tusker, The Seduction (Mechanical Pig Records), Bedowyn, Helgamite (Lost Apparitions Records), and Skullcollector. They have performed at numerous venues across Virginia and North Carolina, including Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, NC.
LAMPERJAW cites such bands as Mastodon, Baroness, Red Fang, Down, and Black Sabbath among its chief influences. Other influential bands to the development of the LAMPERJAW sound include Sleep, High on Fire, Black Tusk, Clutch, Kyuss, Melvins, Torche, The Sword, YOB, Weedeater, Buzzov•en, Saviours, Corrosion of Conformity, Church of Misery, Orange Goblin, Inter Arma, Rwake, KEN mode, The Obsessed, Led Zeppelin, Motörhead, Pantera, and Iron Maiden.
℅ Lane Bryant
1342 Chestnut Grove Rd
Lambsburg, VA 24351