Sound Of The City Premiere: Download Hull’s Punishing “Fire Vein”


“In life we do not experience one emotion; there are many that shape our being,” says Nick Palmirotto, guitarist and vocalist for Brooklyn metal mutation Hull. “Such is the same with our music; this is why we never stick to one particular genre or feeling.” Naturally the second album from these ADD cineastes, Beyond The Lightless Sky (due October 11 via The End), doesn’t stay in one place for too long; instead, it veers between motorcycle-revving D-beat, bog-trawling doom, sinister black metal, Neurosis drum-offs and hypnotic passages that gnash like a venom-dripping cousin to the final Isis album.

YIMBY profiled Hull to celebrate their 2009 debut Sole Lord, and the nearly hour-long Lightless Sky ups the ante in both ambition and violence. Its 11-minute suites and placid interludes detail a Mayan-themed epic that mixes the savage chug of Southern doom with Brooklyn-hewn misanthropy—although it is occasionally inspired by what Palmirotto says is “The struggle and hope that is life.” The roiling, nine-minute “Fire Vein” is the album’s most punishing track, mixing a skin-scraping Eyehategod groove, some disjointed Harvey Milk life-sludge, serene breaks of Mogwai gargling acid moonshine and a coda that marches right into the sun.