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Montreal, QC – February 21, 2020
For fans of Conan, Sleep, Electric Wizard, Windhand, Black Sabbath
ITUS Unleash Dramatic Doom Single ‘This Can’t Be’ Off Upcoming EP “Primordial”
Debut EP “Primordial” Out March 13th
(L-R) Reinier Vandenbosch – Vocals, Brandon Lucking – Guitars and Bass
Photographer Credit: Justin Ryan Lawrence
Toronto’s ITUS recently released their first single / title track off their debut recording “Primordial”. They are now following it up with the second ‘This Can’t Be’, which contrasts with the first by being much slower and mellower with a rising crescendo.
“Primordial” is out on March 13, 2020 and is the first of two EPs that will culminate into a full-length album. The EP’s songs focus around aggressive, dark and primal concepts and embrace the death metal roots of the duo. They explain their goals for the release’s reception:
“We think that this EP will manage to ensnare those who are into heavier music, as well as attract other listeners who may not be so into death metal and related genres. The clean vocals and bright lead guitars really lighten up the darker, heavier passages of the songs. Reinier’s aggressive, chortling screams and yelling portrays an unhinged, brooding darkness, sure to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.”
Complemented with a black and white music video, ‘This Can’t Be’ aims to remind the listener of the sleepless nights where thoughts run a mile a minute while bombarding the listener with layer upon layer of guitar. ITUS explains in-depth:
“This song is intended to bring us down the aggression that the previous two songs delivered, into a calm and thoughtful zone. The lyrics are based around struggling with past burdens and with one’s own sense of worthlessness. We wanted the end of the song, where the solo and heavy guitars come in, to give a feeling of relief, comfort, and closure.”
The stark contrast between this single and the first is an excellent representation of the flexibility ITUS has. For fans of Electric Wizard, Sleep and Left Behind, the video for ‘This Can’t Be’ can be watched via its premiere on Doomed & Stoned HERE.
ITUS‘ first single and title track ‘Primordial’ can be heard HERE.
Early in 2019, ITUS was formed by Brandon Lucking (guitars) and Reinier Vandenbosch (vocals), who at the time, were in another band with a different style but looking to try something new. The result was these Ontario boys blending doom and stoner rock with crushing heavy metal passages, in a psychedelic atmosphere of horror influenced sounds.
The writing process is fairly simple for ITUS, Lucking writes the melodies as they come to him, and Vandenbosch writes the vocals and lyrics. The foundation of the lyrics always starts from personal experience, traumas, and how events in life unfold which are further imbued with influence from science fiction and horror fiction, mythology, dark philosophy, and political angst.
The soundscape of horrors that ITUS paints is enthralling already as a two-piece online project, and there are plans on the horizon to build it into a full-on touring 3 piece band delivering an energetic and abrasive live experience with a heavy, brooding ambiance.
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