HH Year One
Year One is the debut full-length album from Holly Hunt, South Florida's acclaimed two-piece instru-metal behemoth.
Recorded by Jonathan Nuñez (Torche), mixed by Ryan Haft (Capsule) and mastered by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella at New Alliance East, this 39 minute-long, 10-song suite is constructed upon sonic architecture ornate as a royal catacomb and stunningly epic, like an ancient city frozen in time under a heavy sheet of black, hardened lava.
In their first 365 days as a band, drummer Beatriz Monteavaro (Floor, Cavity) and guitarist Gavin Perry became the undeniable sweethearts of Miami's disparate music scenes. To paraphrase a description of 80s movie hero Ferris Bueller, "The punks, the metalheads, the art-rockers: they all think he's a righteous dude."
In the grand tradition of Monteavaro's previous musical endeavors, Holly Hunt champions heavy metal's potential to transcend genre and become a physical experience. Though stripped down to the most bare essentials, the duo's innate technical chops, strong dialogue, and incredibly deep relationship to their gear produces a sound and style far beyond rudimentary tags like "heavy," "hard," or "brutal."
Year One captures the band's brilliant signatures - the meditative power of repetition; the ecstatic joy of tempered variation; infinitely undulating riffage; psychedelic drone paired with rock n' roll rhythm - in full splendor.
Year One is a co-release with our friends at Roofless Records. It's available on double, 150g vinyl (w/dl card) or as a digital download.
Preview tracks from Year One here.
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"Holly Hunt’s fusion of various heavy and droning genres is a mind-bending trip into dizzying ecstasy." -The Dropp
"With this release Holly Hunt is capturing all the sonic intensity of their live shows and earlier recordings but with a more refined recording–one that embodies what’s great about heavy music in South Florida." -Hammer Smashed Sound
Year One, like any piece of art worth its salt, is a powerful 39-minute journey into the recesses of what makes the metal genre so incredibly enigmatic. -Steel For Brains
"Lumbering yet lithe, repetitive yet revealing, droning and meditative yet propulsive and elegantly psychedelic, at its core Year One is a bruising triumph of how to properly harness dynamics and total volume to create a cannon of riffs and tribal-tub-thumpery that creates the same feel as early OM might, were it channelled through Joe Preston's spleen. Far, far more than the sum of their two parts." -Toby Cook (The Quietus)
"Trust me, after this record is out, this band will be bigger than Jesus!" -Balazs Pandi
"That record rules. It is like giants moving across the land slowly." -Mr. Entertainment
"Some seriously epic, mesmerizing, melodic, metallic heaviness, most definitely essential listening for fans of Thrones, old Earth, Harvey Milk, Floor, Torche, Gore, and hell, even early Nirvana!!" -Aquarius Records
"Year One is a monolithic slab of instrumental head crush that'll leave you bruised and beaten, yet cosmically conscious." -Permanent Records
"Together, the Miami duo make wordless stoner metal from uncomplicated riffs and steady boom-crash rhythms, leavened by tones so viscous that you'll think you're swimming in them." -Grayson Currin (IndyWeek)