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by Cleric

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The treme 09:39
Ifrit 09:58
Lowell 04:42
Lunger 06:55
Soroboruo 04:20
Resumption 13:16
Grey Lodge 07:33


"Retrocausal" is Cleric's stunning and long LONG-awaited follow-up to their groundbreaking 2010 album "Regressions". Now with well-earned respect from both the extreme metal underground and Zorn-associated avant garde jazz scene, Cleric more than makes good on their promise. Listen to them rewrite the book on what the combination of the terms "metal" and "avant garde" can (and should) mean. With "Retrocausal" this tireless Philadeliphia-based unit has burst forth with a true masterpiece in the field of extreme experimental music.


released December 8, 2017

All songs written & performed by Cleric:

Matt Hollenberg - guitars
Daniel Ephraim Kennedy - bass, guitar (7)
Larry Kwartowitz - drums, percussion, war drums
Nick Shellenberger - voice, keyboards,
guitar 2 (6), bass 1 (7), bass 2 (8), war drums (8), samples

Additional Musicians:
Timba Harris - violins (1)
Mick Barr - guitar (5)
John Zorn - alto saxophone (9)

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston
at Menegroth the Thousand Caves, Woodhaven, NY
Photos & layout by Nick Shellenberger
w/ help from Jamie Lawson, Jackson Shellenberger, and Jess Conda

Special thanks to:
Trey, Timba, Mick, Zorn, Colin, friends and family, Lowell


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Cleric Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founded in Philly in 2003, Cleric resides in the circle of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and Car Bomb – elite musicians playing avant-metal that wows on both a cerebral level and a gut level. Cleric's brand of metal is marked by dark, cinematic atmospheres and free jazz-informed forays, bursting through a base of highly technical, mathy shred. ... more

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