Exploring gloomy realms, MERLOCK produce imposing soundscapes that embrace the murky depths. Seeing multiple genres converge, MERLOCK manifest a compelling doom, psychedelic and stoner mix in the new record. Onward Strides Colossus will be released on February 24th, 2023.

Today the band has revealed a lyric video for the title track, vocalist and guitarist Taylor D. Waring commenting: “’Onward Strides Colossus’ was the last song we wrote for the album. We’d originally had another track slated, but that got the ax and we worked rigorously to build this track in the last month or so before visiting the studio. It was a bit of a grind, but it also really captures the heat and pressure we were under. I’d had this vague “character” of a cosmic, colossal monstrosity that kept popping up in the lyrics, so I thought I’d explore that creature more in depth in this track — bring it to life, so to speak. For an album that explores cycles of death and rebirth in our own existence, it was apropos to end the album enacting the birth of the monster that haunts it.”

Described by critics as “gloomy and semi-mystical”, “shadowy and mysterious”, and “epic and ever-climbing”, MERLOCK melds stoner doom with heavy psychedelic sounds to create heavy post-doom atmospheres. Formed in 2017 in Spokane, Washington, MERLOCK has self-released 2 EPs and toured the West Coast while continuously demonstrating their willingness to evolve a songwriters and performers. Having weathered line-up changes and the ever-evolving music scene in the post-COVID world, MERLOCK continues to look for new paths forward.

Taylor D. Waring – Guitar / Vox
Andrew Backes – Bass
Lucas Barrey – Drums

Album Credits:
Album Art – Leoncio Harmr
Album Layout – Taylor D. Waring
Engineering and Mixing – Nic Wilbur
Mastering – Adam Tucker

Track Listing:
1.Sovereign Throne
3.Behold! The Sword of Lock
4.Where No One Goes
6.Onward Strides Colossus