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national sunday law - the fifth apeTechnical sludge/doom outfit National Sunday Law — who The Blogronaut name-checked last year and whose free 4-song EP we featured here just this past April — are calling it quits. Cerebral Metalhead is reporting that jack-of-all-trades Darin Tambascio is moving back to his home state of Maryland:

After playing over 50 shows with some of our favorite bands (Intronaut, Mouth of the Architect, Irepress, Behold…The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Exhausted Prayer, Solar Wimp, Hurt Model, Fight Amp and so many more), we are taking a break from National Sunday Law. Due to a dire financial situation and ongoing employment issues, Darin will be moving back to his home state of Maryland in late June. Therefore, the band will be on an indefinite hiatus after two more shows.

It’s really too bad because things were just getting going for National Sunday Law; the aforementioned 4-song EP The Fifth Ape was really, really good (free download here), and while I never got to see the band live I fully trust Etan’s assertion that they’re a force to be reckoned with on any kind of bill. Seems like had they been given time to grow, develop and earn a fanbase, that this band definitely would’ve gone places. National Sunday Law were able to strike that rare balance between mood and technical proficiency, atmosphere and aggression, soundscape and pummel… their blend of doom/sludge with prog/tech was truly interesting, so say the least. Please give them a listen.

But every cloud has its silver lining and there’s some good news to report today too. Drummer Derek Donley and Darin Tambascio’s other project — with Intronaut guitarist Sacha “The Blogronaut” Dunable — appears to be getting some legs. And not only that, but the project’s finally got a name, Graviton, not that any of your 251 band name suggestions helped one bit. Graviton have finished recording their debut album and plan to have it out this Fall to coincide with the release in Intronaut’s next record. I’m most certainly looking forward to the new Intronaut record, and the fact that we might get one more record from Sacha at the same time makes the Fall release season that much more worth looking forward to.


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