Napalm Death's Shane Embury and Absolute Power's Russ Russell project Tronos release star-studded new album

The dynamic duo's new project, described as "ambient psych doom metal", release their debut record Celestial Mechanics

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Our Verdict

Shane Embury and Russ Russell reach for the stars

Tronos – Celestial Mechanics

01. Walk Among The Dead Things
02. Judas Cradle
03. The Ancient Death
04. The Past Will Wither And Die
05. A Treaty With Reality
06. Voyeurs Of Nature's Tragedies
07. Birth Womb
08. Premonition
09. Beyond The Stream Of Consciousness
10. Johnny Blade

Malformed Earthborn, Meathook Seed, Blood From The Soul and now, Tronos: on paper, the latter may seem like the last in line of a long series of exercises for Shane Embury to master the art of industrial-tinged rock/metal.

Yet Tronos is more the shining vision of long-time Napalm Death producer and Embury’s metal-brother-in-arms in Absolute Power, Russ Russell

There is a slew of prestigious guests – ex- Soilwork and Megadeth skinbasher Dirk Verbeuren, Snake from Voivod, Troy Sanders of Mastodon, Faith No More's Billy Gould and, more surprisingly, Erica Nockalls from The Wonder Stuff – whose contributions blend effortlessly into this big sci-fi and atmospheric slab of massive metal. 

It’s almost uplifting in places, like Strapping Young Lad on a joyful bender. Totally reinvented, even the cover of Sabbath’s underrated Johnny Blade seems to come straight from Venus.

For fans of: Killing Joke, Strapping Young Lad, Meathook Seed

Celestial Mechanics is out on April 12 via Century Media and available to order here.