Diminshed Men release their second album and announce EU tour January 2013

18 Nov
By distorting hard boiled film music through a cracked, overcast lens, Diminished Men refocus their influences into something entirely unique.

Capnomancy, their second release on the Abduction label (run by Alan Bishop of the legendary Sun City Girls and the Sublime Frequencies label), is a collection of stark, exotic instrumentals full of high tension energy and infected terror.  Cloaked in a supernatural fog and man made electrical storms, chiaroscuro landscapes read like a sci-fi postcard with a Giallo ransom note attached.

The bands jagged, hard-charging approach evokes images of slit jugulars and accelerated heart rates, all the while swathing you in a blissful claustrophobia, reflecting elements of Morricone’s dissonant horror scores, gritty noir cues, and the blood shot nerves of a kratom hazed Link Wray.  Distant searing guitars and pummeling drums seep with slow pan derangement, panicked suspense and clouded 50’s Americana delusion.  The smoke clears and reveals a mirage of melancholy Wenders-esque backdrops and AM radio nightmares, but quickly returns to some other world that it came from.

The final album to be released from his now defunct Aleph Studio, producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Wolves in the Throne Room, etc.) contributes greatly with his visceral, heavy production, making this album their darkest offering yet.

Another bizarre series of degenerate no-hit wonders from the phantom guitars of Steve Schmitt, multi-instrumentalist Simon Henneman, and drummer Dave Abramson, who also a member of Master Musicians of Bukkake and has collaborated with Secret Chiefs 3, Eyvind Kang, Kayo Dot, Grails, etc.  Capnomancy features guest appearances from members of Master Musicians of Bukkake as well as other Northwest delinquents, saxophonist Skerik and vocalist Sara Johanne.

CAPNOMANCY (Release date – JAN 7, 2013)

Produced by Randall Dunn

Recorded and mixed by Randall Dunn at Aleph Studio -Seattle

All music by Diminished Men:

Steve Schmitt- guitars, wine glasses, breathing

Dave Abramson- drums

Simon Henneman- electric and upright bass, guitar, piano, optigan

 w/ guests:

Sara Johanne -vocals on “Hoarding Light”

B.R.A.D. (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Burning Witch) – vocals, gongs

Milky Burgess (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Earth) – guitar

Sam Wambach- saxophones

Skerik (Garage a Trois, Critters Buggin’) – saxophones

Randall Dunn- cuica

Mastered by Mell Dettmer

Abduction Records

Distributed by Forced Exposure


Side 1

1. Oblong Trance

2. Black Vapor

3. Kapnos Escape

Side 2

1. Hoarding Light

2. Tacombover

3. Capnomancy

4. Expulsion

The band will be touring the new material toward the end of January, full details to be announced next week, in the meantime, here are the dates and the countries they will visit:

 Thu 31/01/2013 – Netherlands

Fri 01/02/2013 – Germany

Sat 02/02/2013 – Denmark

Sun 03/02/2013 – Germany

Mon 04/02/2013 – Germany

Tue 05/02/2013 – Austria

Wed 06/02/2013 – Italy

Thu 07/02/2013 – Italy

Fri 08/02/2013 – Italy

Sat 09/02/2013 – Switzerland

Sun 10/02/2013 – France

Mon 11/02/2013 – France

Tue 12/02/2013 – France

Wed 13/02/2013 – Germany

Thu 14/02/2013 – Belgium

Fri 15/02/2013 – Belgium

Sat 16/02/2013 – Netherlands




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