KHôRADA

khôrada_nov 2018_1_by cody keto

Available: Festivals / Tour in August/September 2019
Territory: worldwide (excl. North America)
Booking: info@kojinmari-agency.com

Following the abrupt dissolution of the world renown post-black-metal band Agalloch and the indefinite hiatus of the critically acclaimed cult doom-rock band Giant Squid, a new band – KHôRADA – was formed. In August of 2016, the formation of the band was announced to great excitement and surprise among the metal world.

KHôRADA features Don Anderson (guitar), Aesop Dekker (drums), and Jason Walton (bass) of Agalloch, with Giant Squid frontman Aaron John Gregory (guitar and vocals).

Upon forming, the band immediately started writing their debut album entitled SALT and quickly penned a deal with German based label Prophecy Productions to release it.
KHôRADA entered The Hallowed Halls recording studio in Portland, Oregon in July of 2017 with legendary producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Agalloch, Pallbearer) and completed the basic tracking for SALT. Remaining guitar and vocal work was recorded in Oakland at Sharkbite Studios, also with Billy Anderson at the helm, and the neighboring Antisleep Studios with producer Scott Evans.
The album features guest appearances by the following members of Giant Squid: Jackie Perez Gratz on cello, Andrew Southard on keys, Nate Perkins on trumpet, and Bryan Beeson providing transitional noise pieces.

SALT was released by Prophecy Productions on July 20th 2018 to vast international acclaim which often described the album as a profoundly emotional, completely unique take on progressive metal.

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“Khôrada’s sound builds upon a bedrock of gloom that is always just shy of that optimistic break, and that is what makes Salt so endearing and addictive. It will draw you in and keep you on tenterhooks as it almost reaches climax on each of its eight song.” – Decibel Magazine

“There’s enough heavy there to keep your air-guitar in full swing, yet melody is paramount – making sure those riffs and melodic underpinnings keep you heading back to that repeat button.” – Revolver Magazine

“Salt is a dynamic, heavy, beautiful album, and for as much as it’s a heavy metal album with great riffs and solos and clenched-fist mettle and works splendidly on those terms, if you set aside your expectations of what an album is supposed to do, you might find that it wants to sound a deeper resonance.” – Last Rites

“Within a vacuum, this album may be seen as ambitious, something cerebral and progressive, but there is so much more at work once the listener breaks that element of poisonous expectation. Salt is… fun, almost unexpectedly for something so varied and complex, but it exudes a mammoth emotional energy. Something infectious and effusive.” – Invisible Oranges

“Coming from a group of individuals who have expressed their talent time and again, it certainly isn’t surprising that their first outing is such a high-quality release, but it still needs to be stated how good of an album this is. Assuming that KHôRADA are here to stay and not just a one-off project from these guys, there’s plenty of reason to be excited already about this band’s future. Salt is a beautiful journey through a churning, melancholic sea that hits all the right marks for excellence.” – Heavy Blog is Heavy

“Wie ein zugleich mit Erde, Ozean und Firmament verwachsenes mythisches Tier wälzt sich dieses Album in Agonie eine knappe Stunde lang hin und her, als gälte es, einen äonenalten Lebenskampf zu beschauen, in den letzten Momenten, bevor die Welt endet. Filigran gesetzte Black-Metal-Tupfer dekorieren erdenschwere Doom-Passagen, wütende Post-Metal-Eruptionen verenden in dämmriger, verzagter Singer-Songwriter-Introspektion, unberechenbar, unaufhaltsam und gewaltig strömen die Songs voran wie urzeitliche Flüsse, die cleanen Vocals changieren zwischen der kalten Trauer Pete Steeles und der lebenswarmen Melancholie von Grübelgroßmeister Nick Cave. This is the shit.” – RockHard

“Das alles kann tief reichen und ehrlich berühren – die Voraussetzung ist jedoch, dass sich der Hörer gänzlich auf SALT konzentriert und Khôradas Schaffen mit voller Aufmerksamkeit folgt. Bestimmt kein Easy Listening, sehr wohl aber spannend für Entdecker.” – Metal Hammer

“Das KHÔRADA-Debüt ist die bisher härteste Nuss des Metaljahres 2018 und totally worth the effort. […] Ausdauernde Hörer entdecken zur Jahreshälfte ein ganz großes Album mit Anspruch, Herz und Verstand.” – Metal.de

“Alles ist trotz aller Verspieltheit im Fluss, die Produktion klingt undergroundig, organisch, wird jedem Detail gerecht. Das schwermütige Moment der jeweiligen Vorgänger-Bands wurde integriert, aber mit urbaneren Mitteln zu einer speziellen Post-Rock/Metal Mixtur vorangetrieben, die mit viel Wut, Zorn, Leidenschaft und Kreativität einen komplett eigenen Sound-Entwurf markiert, der wirkliche Vergleiche einfach nicht zulässt. Man taucht in 7 langen progressiven Songs mit viel Detailreichtum in Stimmungen ein, tobt sich leidenschaftlich in ebendiesen aus..alles in Allem ein sehr herausforderndes Kleinod!” – Black Magazin