Aerial Ruin, based in Portland, Oregon is the primarily acoustic solo project ofErik Moggridge whose “richly evocative dark folk style makes for a head-in-hand listening experience. Yes it’s dark and minimal, evoking solitude and loneliness but also magic and mesmerizing, soothing and restorative”*.
Moggridge also served as a long-time guest vocalist/collaborator with Seattle’s doom duoBell Witch, performing and recording on select songs and occasions until 2020 when the two bands merged into the new fully collaborative entityStygian Bough, and released their album “Volume I - A Bell witch and Aerial Ruin collaboration”, while simultaneously maintaining their individual musical paths. 2020 also saw the release of the Aerial Ruin’s split LP withPanopticonwhich led to Moggridge contributing a guest vocal on Panopticon’s much lauded 2021 album “...And again into the light”.
Aerial Ruin, whose“soothing acoustic folk often sounds like a sun-dappled blend of Agalloch, Nechochwen and Pink Floyd”** is excited to announce the release of it’s new album “Loss Seeking Flame” whose sonic journey may feel both different and familiar to those familiar with past releases. The first three movements witness the solitude of some terrestrial terrain, but the album’s 21 minute finale aspires to orbit and beyond, assisted by the often layered and otherworldly violin accompaniment ofAndrea Morgan ofExulansis. This fully DIY album is available to pre-order on Bandcamp on Friday March 4 on vinyl/CD/tape/digital, with the full release to follow Wednesday March 9.
Aerial Ruin has spent much of recent years engaged in extensive DIY touring in North America and Europe including festival appearances atRoadburn, Northwest Terror Fest, Shadow Woods Metal Fest, Fire in the Mountains, Thirst for Light , 71 GrindandStella Natura.
Before Aerial Ruin Moggridge had an active past in the metal scene beginning with the bay area thrash/death metal bandEpidemic.After garnering much attention from their demos in the pre-internet underground fanzine/tape-trading scene Epidemic released two albums on Metal Blade in the early-mid nineties. Later Moggridge went on to formOld Grandadwith Will Carroll (Death Angel) and Max Barnett (ex-Hammers of Misfortune). The trio gained a sizable cult following in San Francisco in the mid-late nineties and into the 21st century and reformed and released a new album in 2019.
* Vanessa Salvia, Invisible Oranges
** Kim Kelly, Noisey/Vice
Tracklist: 01. Where Sky Lays Buried 02. Thus Bound in Page 03. The Flame's Intent 04. Ideation
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