“[Burden is] massive and immersive” - Stereogum

“the most unique collection of songs [REZN] has cooked up” - Flood

"as if you’re being summoned by Lucifer himself" - Kerrang!

Burden signals a bold and brilliant new era for the band” - Metal Hammer

Today, Chicago’s REZN release their new album, Burden, via Sargent House. The marriage of brute force with sublime textures has always been a key tactic in REZN’s approach, but the spectrum of the band’s mercurial temperaments has never felt as clearly defined and fully harnessed as it does on Burden. Stream and order vinyl, CDs, and merch at Hello Merch and Evil Greed in Europe at the link above.

Since their inception, Chicago’s REZN have mined the stark monochromatic depths of underground metal and fused them with the kaleidoscopic delights of psychedelia, prog rock, and shoegaze. With their latest album Burden, the quartet plumb the deepest, bleakest trenches of their sound while retaining a lifeline into the cosmos. Staking a claim at the crossroads of the hazy dimensions of modern psych acts like Black Angels, the cavernous gloom and reverb-drenched guitar of bands like Spectral Voice, and the lurching low-end meditations of artists like OM, REZN have created Burden—an album of immense amp-worshipping weight and intoxicating instrumentation.

REZN is currently on tour with Pallbearer in the US. In August, they kick off their headlining run, followed by a European tour with fellow Sargent House artists Russian Circles. Snag tickets below and hear Burden live.



This Friday (6/14), Chicago’s REZN will release their new album, Burden, via Sargent House. Today, they present “Indigo,” the album opener. “Indigo” finds the rhythm section of bassist Phil Cangelosi and drummer Patrick Dunn churning out an authoritative Godflesh-like battery while vocalist/guitarist Rob McWilliams and synth player/saxophonist Spencer Ouellette drape their martial stomp in ominous interwoven melodies. The marriage of brute force with sublime textures has always been a key tactic in REZN’s approach, but the spectrum of the band’s mercurial temperaments has never felt as clearly defined and fully harnessed as it does on Burden.

Listen to REZN’s “Indigo”

While REZN’s previous album, Solace, embraced similar contrasts, it leaned towards the loftier peaks in the band’s sound, as evidenced in the album’s artwork of snow topped mountains provided by Adam Burke / Nightjar Illustration. Burden’s artwork is a literal continuation of Solace’s landscape painting, showing the fiery depths at the foot of the mountain range. The marriage of brute force and sublime textures has always been a key tactic in REZN’s approach, but the spectrum of the band’s mercurial temperaments has never felt as clearly defined and fully explored as it does on Burden.

Tonight (6/11), REZN kick off their North American tour with Pallbearer. Following, they’ll headline dates across the US before heading to Europe to play with Russian Circles. A full list of dates can be found below and tickets for all dates are on sale HERE

REZN Tour Dates
Tue. June 11 - Durham, NC @ The Fruit %
Wed. June 12 - Asheville, NC @ Eulogy %
Thu. June 13 - Virginia Beach, VA @ The Bunker %
Fri. June 14 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Baltimore %
Sat. June 15 - Lancaster, PA @ Tellus360 %
Sun. June 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts %
Tue. June 18 - Hamden, CT @ Space Ballroom %
Thu. June 20 -Brooklyn , NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg %
Fri. June 21 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair %
Sat. June 22 - Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount %
Sun. June 23 - Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground %
Tue. June 25 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vivarium %
Wed. June 26 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall %
Thu. June 27 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club %
Fri. June 28 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck %
Sat. June 29 - Little Rock, AR @ The Hall %
Fri. July 26  - Indianapolis, IN @ Post. Festival
Fri. Aug. 9 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s ^
Sat. Aug. 10 - Kansas City, MO @ MiniBar ^
Tue. Aug. 13 - Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive ^
Wed. Aug. 14 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Aces High Saloon ^
Fri. Aug. 16 - Portland, OR @ Dante’s ^
Sat. Aug. 17 - Vancouver, BC @ Green Auto ^
Sun. Aug. 18 - Seattle, WA @ Substation ^
Tue. Aug. 20 - Sacramento, CA @ Cafe Colonial ^
Wed. Aug. 21 - Oakland, CA @ Stork Club ^
Thu. Aug. 22 - Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room ^
Fri. Aug. 23 - Palmdale, CA @ Transplants Brewing ^
Sat. Aug. 24 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Underground ^
Sun. Aug. 25 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar ^
Tue. Aug. 27 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips ^
Wed. Aug. 28 - Austin, TX @ The Lost Well ^
Wed. Oct. 9 - Berlin, DE @ Astra $
Thu. Oct. 10 - Koln, DE @ Kantine $
Fri. Oct. 11 - Munich, DE @ Keep It Low Festival $
Sat. Oct. 12 - Prague, CZ @ Archa $
Mon. Oct. 14 - Vienna, AT @ Arena $
Tue. Oct. 15 - Bologna, IT @ Estragon $
Thu. Oct. 17 - Metz, FR @ La Bam $
Fri. Oct. 18 - Antwerp, BE @ Desertfest $
Sun. Oct. 20 - Gothenburg, SE @ Monument $
Mon. Oct. 21 - Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret $
Tue. Oct. 22 - Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan $
Thu. Oct. 24 - Copenhagen, DK @ Vega $
Fri. Oct. 25 - Aalborg, DK @ Lasher Fest $
Sat. Oct. 26 - Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich $
Tue. Oct. 29 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute2 $
Wed. Oct. 30 - Glasgow, UK @ Slay $
Thu. Oct. 31 - Belfast, N-IRE @ Limelight 2 $
Fri. Nov. 1 - Dublin, IRE @ Button Factory $
Sat. Nov. 2 - Manchester, UK @ Damnation Fest $
Sun. Nov. 3 - London, UK @ EartH $
Tue. Nov. 5 - Paris, FR @ Le Trianon $
Wed. Nov. 6 - Rennes, FR @ L'Antipode $
Thu. Nov. 7 - Bordeaux, FR @ Krakatoa $
Sun. Nov. 10 - Madrid, ES @ Nazca $
Mon. Nov. 11 - Barcelona, ES @ Salamandra $

%= w/ Pallbearer
^ = w/ Mute Duo
$= w/ Russian Circles


"Some bands build worlds. REZN hope you explore their universe. “We do leave quite a bit up for interpretation,” bassist Phil Cangelosi, accompanied by the three other members of the Chicago quartet, says over Zoom. “We don’t have anything that’s super on the nose. Our goal is to bring you to a place and not necessarily tell you what to do once you’re there.” Guitarist and vocalist Rob McWilliams chimes in: “It’s definitely just setting a scene for someone.”

Burden, REZN’s forthcoming fifth full-length and a companion to 2023’s Solace, sets a scene like it’s an open-world video game. The DIY outfit’s first release on the venerable Sargent House is massive and immersive. “Indigo,” the opening track that further expands the already intrepid band’s timbral palette, drops you into a dark, dangerous netherworld. Drummer Patrick Dunn pounds his kit with the force of a slipping fault line. Modular synth player and saxophonist Spencer Ouellette produces dizzying layers that hang like noxious gasses. Cangelosi’s churning bass juts upwards like jagged stalagmites. And McWilliams’ guitar and vocals dizzily swirl like the uncontainable dread of intense claustrophobia. Within a few seconds, you know exactly where you’re at, and the walls are closing in.

However, how you choose to navigate Burden’s subterranean labyrinth is up to you. That’s REZN’s great gift. Although the band constructs and sequences songs with cinematic grace, effortlessly herding listeners along their journey, the contours of that journey are left up to the experiencer. In a sense, REZN act almost like a mood ring, matching whatever you’re feeling. That mirror-to-the-self approach permits you to discover whatever you need to hear at the heart of Burden, one of those rare musical adventures that meets you where you’re at instead of the other way around. In that way, REZN are part of the burgeoning field of “big feelings metal” pioneered by Convulsing and the like, but it also makes a case for empath metal. You feel like Burden feels you. It can be cathartic, leading you out of the dark, labyrinthine confines of your own psyche. Burden can and probably will lift burdens."

Read the full feature HERE


2004 was the year Russian Circles began. To celebrate 20 years, they are delighted to have their friends Pelican join them for a special hometown show at Metro Chicago. They'll also hit a few other stops on the way down to NY for Desertfest. Tickets are on sale 5/31. All dates available HERE

Sept 7 Chicago, IL @ Metro + *
Sept 12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit Hall *
Sept 13 Baltimore, MD @ Union Craft Brewing *
Sept 14 Queens, NY @ Knockdown Center / Desertfest NYC

Support from:
Pelican +
Djunah *


We couldn’t be more excited to announce the new single/video from Nicole Miglis “All I See Is You” 🦢

Many know Nicole Miglis as the voice of Hundred Waters - today, she debuts her solo work with a gorgeously orchestrated track.

This song is special. Saturated violin and arpeggiating piano bloom and wilt as Nicole’s vocals drift from obscurity to propel through the bliss. Watch the video/stream the track below.

More news to come… 🗣️💙

WATCH / HEAR “All I See Is You”

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE: How To Dress Well / Sound Advice The Playlist & Interview  

This is SOUND ADVICE, a weekly destination for playlists curated by Interview’s friends, enemies, and lovers. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gathered playlists from Thugpop, Dasha, and George Clanton. This week’s guest is the multimedia artist, singer-songwriter, and producer Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, who’s just released an album last week after a six-year hiatus. Entitled I Am Toward You, its name captures its contents: a deeply embodied sonic journey that bares its heart in search of a truth more profound than the appearances of our mortal world. “Music, like fragrance, is best when it produces language,” Krell told us. “Pure sensation or affect is pretty boring, the real stuff happens when affect produces a charge that unearths unknown corridors in language.” The self-avowed “friend of the undertow,” Doctor of Philosophy, and recent father of a daughter (whose heartbeat closes out the last track) curated a playlist for us encompassing his varied taste, featuring Mariah Carey, 1010benja, Lorraine James, and more. For our Sound Advice questionnaire, Krell tells us his favorite philosophers, album cover art, and the secret to dressing well. - CLICK HERE FOR THE PLAYLIST AND FOR THE INTERVIEW 


"An album that harnesses the full expanse of that experience and revamps the sound of How To Dress Well in satisfying ways. It might be my favorite album he’s ever released."  
- Stereogum, Album of the Week

“a deeply experimental album made by a person that also clearly has a deep love for pure pop music.”
- Brooklyn Vegan

“feels strikingly intimate, like a peek at a diary that scans as if its writer knew that it will one day be made public.”
- Flood

“there’s a sense of real glory about the record that’s fascinatingly beautiful. It’s at once so huge, yet so microscopic, looking at small details and the tightest introspection, yet handling it on this vast, godly level.”
- Far Out Magazine

I Am Toward You is the first new How To Dress Well album in six years: with some of his noisiest, most free, and most poetic music to date, Krell opens the second decade of his career with an album that delivers on the hallmarks of his best work. I Am Toward You is out today May 10th via Sargent House, and is a beautiful experience. 

We're delighted to share this record with the world. It's a monumental work of art - now available everywhere.



Chicago’s REZN have released a new single/video, “Collapse,” off of their forthcoming album, Burden, out June 14th via Sargent House. In conjunction, they announce new headlining tour dates in North America with support from experimental Americana band Mute Duo. “Collapse,” the follow-up to “Chasm,” opens with smoky, Eastern guitar melodies and swirling synth ambience before a distorted wall of sound comes crashing down on the listener.

The accompanying video, directed by Chris Owsiany, features the band and encapsulates the song’s mood. “It's one of the more progressive and dynamic tracks on the record because we wanted to explore as many different corners of the lucid dream/harsh reality dichotomy as we could in the same song,” says Rob McWilliams (vocals, guitar). “Themes of hallucination are all over Burden and the music video totally nailed that feeling by incorporating the liminal and obscured aspects you encounter when losing touch with reality.”



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