Baltimore, Maryland’s Full of Hell and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Nothing are two of the most sonically captivating bands working today. Whereas Full of Hell offers extreme grinding death metal noise, Nothing provides intoxicating melodic atmospheres, blending elements of noise rock and shoegaze together.
Today both bands have announced that they have joined forces and will be releasing a collaborative album on December 1st, that record being called When No Birds Sang. In celebration of this news, the bands have released the first song from this upcoming record, “Spend The Grace.”
“Both Full of Hell and Nothing deal with the same genre-phobia,” Nothing vocalist and guitarist Domenic “Nicky” Palermo says laughing. “We’ve been called any style you can think of, but we’re both simply intent on making soul crushers.”
Agreeing with Palermo, Full of Hell singer Dylan Walker adds, “We’re beyond limiting ourselves to a genre. There aren’t any rules, but there’s clearly an identity. No matter what Nothing does, I can tell it’s them. We’re meeting in the middle where it’s lush and beautiful, but also sad and ugly if you look closely at it. Out of mutual respect, we just decided to go for it.”
From the riveting somber melodies of Nothing to the abrasive grind of Full of Hell, each band provides immersive and emotional experiences through their music. Together though, what they offer on “Spend The Grace” is profoundly haunting, the track featuring an atmosphere that oozes with serenity, yet also exudes an unnerving darkness.
“It’s an emotional record,” Walker says. “Once we decided on the concept, we followed a similar approach. We’re bringing you to this edge of an empty void.”
Walker continues, “When you hear it, I hope you feel devastated emotionally. If we’re doing our job, it will freak you the f*ck out in the best way, because you’re staring at the precipice of oblivion with us.”
Palermo adds, “‘Devastation’ is a good reaction for me. From top-to-bottom, this record is highly comprehensive and super detailed. For me, the process itself was humbling. Every once in a while— with doing music for the better part of my life —experiences like this sometimes erase the imposter syndrome I feel playing music, and for a moment I forget how big of a loser I am.”
Below you can watch the official video for “Spend The Grace,” and you can pre-order Full of Hell and Nothing’s upcoming album When No Birds Sang via Closed Casket Activities.