ITUS – Droner (single) (2023)
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For fans of Crowbar, Conan, Windhand, Katatonia, Electric Wizard
“We wrote Droner across a couple months besides our other singles Sturgeon, and Dead Future. They all pull in different genres and symbolize an experimental stage for us as writers while we incorporated Vincent into that process. Droner is intended as a rock and roll ride through old-school heavy metal and new school all at once. It’s both bright and dark, and it’s a testament to how ITUS has changed and continues to grow. The lyrics describe a troubled soul who finds false peace and hard lessons with a malignant partner. The lyrics lean back and take influence from old school heavy metal and rock.” – ITUS
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“Blending their love of doom, stoner rock and its attendant psychedelia, Ontario trio Itus have created a colossal debut in Primordial.” 9/10 – Exclaim!
“Love doom and sludge metal, but find yourself frustrated that those bands that would monolithically crush the listener fail to pay nearly as much attention to injecting some measure of melody into their music? Ontario duo ITUS may be the cure to what ails ya. Starting with downcast sludgy stoner doom, the pair of guitarist Brandon Lucking and vocalist Reiner Vandenbosch also aren’t shy about making use of psychedelic rock and good ol’ fashioned heavy metal to get their point across. Think of it like Graves at Sea and Conan discovering the magic power of Tony Iommi’s fake fingertips and the blinding quality of a vintage Hawkwind live show.” – Decibel Magazine
“Primordial is a great release as it treats you to five unique tracks. Never once do you hear the same thing as ITUS truly does a great job of keeping you on your toes and guessing as to what you are about to hear next. Through and through this is a well crafted and cohesive effort that you would be unwise to skip over.” – Cadaver Garden
““This Can’t Be” is a change of pace from the record’s ravenous namesake single which came out earlier in the month. It’s a moving window into their world, with clean vocals this time reminiscent of Woods of Ypres and a vibe that fans of Pallbearer should have no trouble at all falling in love with.” – Doomed And Stoned
““The Chaplain” sounds like the languid expansion of the universe; the impassive serenity of planetary movement; the inexorable eroding of rock by wind and water; the absurd “progress” of humanity set against a backdrop of endless time. It’s achingly heavy and crushingly slow, just like epic doom should be… ITUS drive all thought from your mind and leave only doom behind… ” – CVLT Nation
“This EP is shrouded in a dark and eerie atmosphere from the instant you put it on, but despite that very consistent vibe, there is a lot of variation going on in the lyrics and sound. The production on here is immaculate, these riffs are just enormous, they swallow you whole… Just how I like my doom!… Seriously, the riffs alone are worth listening for! Definitely going to be the EP to beat this year.” 8/10 – Noob Heavy
“… an EP that packs a punch and holds its ground that’s for sure… The intensity really shines and each song generates it more and more. You have the rhythmic highs and lows of the genre and all your senses are overwhelmed. It really makes the listener want even more and you kinda feel depressed when it’s all over so you decide to listen to it all over again! This is the type of EP that you just place inside your CD Player or on your MP3 player and just let all that negative vibes leave your body. You just listen to it and forget about everything all around you especially in this world of sickness, chaos and crisis. A modern twist to an overcharged genre!” 8/10 – Metal-Temple
“Massive crushing riffs heave themselves out of the primeval sludge that provides the sonic backdrop for this crushing aural assault, which seethes and broils around you like a pungent stew sucking you deep into the bowels of the cauldron in which it is simmering. There is superb use of sound effects to create ever denser layers of atmosphere, which in turn add to the hypnotic quality of the five tracks, which themselves flow with an natural ease and sense of purposeful progression, which makes this release all the more intimidating and impressive in equal measure.” – Uber Rock
“A very strong first release, and well worth checking out for doom fans looking for something with some brains behind the fuzz.” – The Burning Beard
“dark and brooding doom “Primordial is a powerful and unforgiving EP that is certainly worthy of your time.” – Astral Noize
“crisp, and aggressive guitar tones” – Permafrost Today
“ITUS, from Toronto, Canada, provide a good blend of doom, heavy and psych vibes… Five songs in this Ep where blackened vocals enrich the doom sound carpet, trademark of the band.” – Hard Rock Heavy Metal
“Droner is a peg in the sand for ITUS as a developing band. We’re psyched about what we accomplished with it. We pushed our limits musically into new lands so to speak. Droner is the second of 3 very different singles we wrote one after another; coming after Sturgeon we wanted to experiment more with Droner. We’re pleased at how it came to be, but even more pleased with what we learned and gained through it all. The next single will be even closer to what we think ITUS is supposed to sound like, but Droner caused that, and we plan to play it with a ton of new songs, as we come back to gigs in 2023. Injuries aren’t going to stop us.” – Reinier Viktor Vandenbosch
“Droner marked the moment for me that I truly felt a part of ITUS writing our second single together from scratch. Although we had a similar process to completing Sturgeon, the second time around with Droner felt more natural and fluid.” – Vince Anastasi
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Single title: DRONER
Release date: February 16, 2023
Track length: 4:12
‘Droner’ Single recording credits:
Performed by ITUS (the band)
Written by ITUS
Produced by: Luc Chiasson
Mixed by: Luc Chiasson
Mastered by: Luc Chiasson
Single Art by: Dan Bothen
— ITUS are all SOCAN members —
— ‘Droner’ is 100% Canadian content —
Band lineup + live band lineup:
Reinier Vandenbosch – Vocals
Brandon Lucking – Guitar
Brandon Aitchison – Bass Guitar
Vince Anastasi – Drums
1. All four of ITUS’ members live in different cities throughout the GTA and Ontario, yet somehow manage to meet at the jam space to practice, write music and get into trouble. ITUS is from Hamilton, Caledon, Muskoka, and downtown Toronto. ITUS’ reach is far.
2. ITUS’ jam space resides in a spooky basement below a huge club in TORONTO, with winding hallways reminiscent of a dungeon.
3. Brandon Lucking, ITUS’ guitar player is a licensed Airplane Structural Technician, and Reinier has been his on-and-off apprentice.
4. The whole band is beast lovers. Snakes, birds, dogs, and cats can live together! Reinier especially loves Bullterriers.
(L-R) Brandon Aitchison (Bass), Vince Anastasi (Drums), Brandon Lucking (Guitars), Reinier Vandenbosch (Vocals)
Photo Credit by Jake Daffern
ITUS was born in 2018 when Brandon Lucking (guitars) and Reinier Vandenbosch (vocals) began writing Doom Metal together. Fans of Conan, Pallbearer, Crowbar, Windhand, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath will find themselves tripping out on ITUS’ soundscape of horrors ‘PRIMORDIAL’, their debut EP. ITUS blends grueling sludge and epic doom with stoner rock and death metal. Crushing yet jammy heavy metal passages, infused within a psychedelic, horror atmosphere established their EP as ITUS’ first brutally tripped-out release. The PRIMORDIAL EP launched on Friday the 13th of March 2020. Covid seemed to strike right then with lockdowns, but given time to build ITUS recruited Vince Anastasi on drums, and the three boys started building in new directions both musically and professionally. ITUS lined up gigs for 2022 and performed a slew of new singles alongside the music from their first EP. New music videos produced by the band are also coming this year in 2022 and 2023. Hold your eyes and ears open for the new Sludge from ITUS.
2023 – Droner (single)
2021 – Sturgeon (single)
2020 – Primordial – EP
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