Longhouse - No Name, No Marker (II: Vanishing)
Ottawa's LONGHOUSE came into being in 2013, when guitarist Marc Casey and bassist/vocalist Joshua Cayer turned their long-standing song-writing partnership into a full band with drummer Mike Hache to complete their circle of dark, riffy, heavy textured doom metal.
LONGHOUSE released their debut album 'Earth from Water' in 2015, a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world, something increasingly important as the human race sinks evermore darkly into digital isolation. Even the name LONGHOUSE gives a sense of strength, of drawing power from the earth.
In November 2016, Longhouse returned to Wolf Lake Studios, to record their sophomore album, using Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) once again as producer and engineer. Entitled 'II: Vanishing', the album has a pleasing progression from LONGHOUSE's debut while retaining the band's core sound of heavy, intricate riffs, splashed with a touch of post-metal to guide you on a dark, and visceral journey over five tracks spanning nearly 40 minutes.
"II: Vanishing has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album." says Cayer.
As much as Cayer is a musician, he is a strong lyricist drawing on his own origins to create song-words that are light-years away from any traditional heavy metal clichés. He draws attention to historic and current issues affecting Indigenous populations in Canada, such as the Indian Residential School System plus Murdered and Missing Indigenous women and girls (MMIW).
"The bulk of my ideas for lyrics come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing. I am Algonquin First Nations. My family's community is Kitigan Zibi, outside of Maniwaki, QC. However, I grew up in the city, mostly detached from my culture. As a father I have been trying to immerse myself in the stories, wisdom, and strength of our Elders, knowledge keepers and story tellers, so that I can pass that on to my daughters. Because this takes up so much space in terms of who I am, and who I am becoming, it plays a very large part in terms of influences I draw upon."
LONGHOUSE's 'II: Vanishing' will be available digitally on April 14, 2017 via their Bandcamp with physical cassette release June 2017 (date to be determined) via Sunmask Records.