Passion Rift

by Chowder (MD)

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    8 track debut full length CD by Chowder on I, Voidhanger Records. Italian import. Jewel case with 8 page booklet , with artwork by Scott Move. US and Canadian orders only please. Plenty of copies in Europe and abroad to be found.

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Immediately after recording the EP, Chowder’s ambitions broadened and deepened. Taking their unique vision even further, they wrote a new song, titled “Passion Rift,” which would become the epic title cut for their first full-length album.
Nearly two years in the making, “Passion Rift” encompasses everything that makes Chowder a great band: off-kilter arrangements, abrupt time-changes, memorable melodies, creepy dissonances, top-notch songwriting, performances, and arrangements, and a true passion for making heavy music. Tastefully strewn throughout the record are analog and digital keyboards, cello, and various samples and sound effects, giving a texture to the songs that grows more rewarding with each listen.

Songs such as “The Innsmouth Look” and “Head Full of Rats,” with their forward-rushing, unrelenting progressive metal, sit next to atmospheric pieces such as “Mazuku” and “Mysterioid,” in a mix part hardcore, part Lovecraft, and part autobiography. And then there is the epic title cut “Passion Rift,” as big in its scope as “Hemispheres” (Rush), a journey through a landscape at times peaceful, tense, melancholic, aggressive, and nightmarish. This is music that communicates something important, and it does so without lyrics or vocals.


released June 26, 2012

Josh Hart : 6 and 12 string guitars, synthesizers, mellotron, theremin
Doug Williams : bass guitars, taurus pedals, electric cello
Chad Rush : drums

Produced by John Brenner and Josh Hart

Engineered by Mike Potter at Orion Studios - Baltimore, Md

Additional home recording by John Brenner and Josh Hart

Mastered by James Plotkin



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Chowder (MD) Frederick, Maryland

CHOWDER is the amazing creature of Josh Hart, a true veteran of Maryland's doom metal scene, having played bass with seminal bands Unorthodox, Revelation, and - more recently - Earthride. With him, the acrobatic rhythm section of Doug Williams and Chad Rush. For CHOWDER, Hart has switched to guitar and keys, with which he writes and plays twisted, dark riffs of doom with a progressive approach. ... more

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