5 Aug 2021

Watch video for 'Hauberk – taken from Newcastle band Smote's debut release for Rocket

Head over to Psychedelic Baby Magazine to watch the video for 'Hauberk' by Newcastle band Smote – the first track taken from forthcoming album 'Drommon'.

Watch the John O'Carroll made video here: Psychedelic Baby Magazine

'Drommon' is released on Green/Black splatter vinyl on 1st October.

Presale will go live this Friday at 8am as part of a new run of six Bandcamp Friday's – the first Friday of the month where Bandcamp doesn't take a fee from labels/bands sales, so a great time to buy!

Preorder here from 6th August: Bandcamp


Summoned from the murkier reaches of the subconscious and summoning a powerful aura of twilight communion, Smote’s ‘Drommon’ is here to intimidate and enchant. The first Rocket release for this enigmatic Newcastle-based entity is no less than a mystically-aligned voyage into abandon and epiphany.

The base ingredients of Smote’s spell-casting may not be unfamiliar - the eternal three ‘r’s of repetition, repetition, repetition being paramount along an eldritch and less-travelled musical pathway which wanders from Swedish godheads like International Harvester via the skewed Americana of Sunburned Hand Of The Man and French cult psych-folk heroes Natural Snow Buildings, Nonetheless, a particular potency and singularity of vision triumphs throughout ‘Drommon’, reflective of cinematic chills and night terrors. Possessed of a peculiarly pastoral sensibility and earthen intensity, these ceremonial serenades thus take on feverish and compelling life of their own. 

‘Drommon’ arrives as an expanded version of a ltd tape / digital release on Bandcamp, where Smote’s limited editions of their previous release ‘Bodkin’ have prompted excitement and consternation amidst intrepid psychic travellers. Yet this release, whereby brand new material is bookended by the mighty two-part invocation of the title track, create a richly engrossing voyage into the nether which establishes Smote as a force to be reckoned with in all manner of dimensions. 

Replete with doom-laden atmospherics and crepuscular intensity, this is an intimidating denouement to return to time and again. Join the ritual, and submit to ‘Drommon’.