Tristan Shone, who goes by Author & Punisher, has released “Night Terror,” a new song off his upcoming album, Beastland.
The lumbering track mingles both ethereal and unclean vocals, all within a cage of pounding, industrial electronics—a combination that evokes Nine Inch Nails.
Shone has made his mark in industrial metal as a one-man-band who forges sounds with huge, robotic devices that he builds himself, drawing on his former career as a mechanical engineer.
For Beastland, which is out October 5 on Relapse Records, Shone took it up a notch: He created new machines “to make more aggressive and dynamic music,” he said via a press release. Shone describes these machines as “compact and powerful, made from robotic components, intended for high-energy repetition.”
“I, as do many others, feel rage against the ‘beasts’ of our era: those who horde, who poison, or who discriminate. We need aggressive music to make an aggressive statement. Beastland is an introspection of who we are as a human race,” Shone said of the album.
“At a time when we have the tools, the intellect, and the history to remind us how to treat each other and the Earth, we go far out of our way to feast on the less fortunate and vulnerable, disregarding the atrocities and lessons of the past.”
Listen to “Night Terror” below: