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Family - Portrait

The MetalSucks family is a tight one, both literally and metaphorically. Did you know that some of us are in bands of our own? I’ll leave the guessing games for another time, but today let’s focus on Brooklyn’s own FAMILY, of which longtime MetalSucks scribe Kip Wingerschmidt (his mama calls him Steven) is the founding member and chief shenanigan instigator.

Friendship and professional loyalty aside, I’ve been dying to share Family’s debut album Portrait with you all for months because it’s that damn good and I know you guys are going to love it. Family take the best of Soundgarden’s and Tool’s capacity to make your head spin with hooky, progressive, off-time riffs, splatter it with a smattering of classic rock influences and wrap it all up in a modern-day package heavy enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Mastodon and old Baroness. Portrait is full of intricate but accessible music for intricate but accessible people… or something.

Check out “Bridge & Tunnel,” now streaming at The Deciblog, and then listen to “Bopsky” at Family’s Facebook page. Portrait comes out on October 30th via Robin Staps’ (The Ocean) Pelagic Records in Europe, and the band will self-release it the same day in the U.S.


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