“Wroth” is the forthcoming new full-length from Oakland, California sludge/doom/crust metal faction Badr Vogu. Captured in the spring and summer of 2015 at Earhammer Studios in Oakland by Greg Wilkinson (Pallbearer, Vastum), the eight-track offering will be released on cassette and 2xLP via Tribunal Of The Axe Records.
In advance of the release of “Wroth,” the band today shares two new tracks in the form of “Copernican Theory” and “Narcotically Opaque.” Badr Vogu comments:
“‘Copernican Theory’ is the opening track off of the new album and the first song we wrote collectively with our current lineup. It starts off with a bang rather than with a slow build-up like the opener on our last album, so we thought it was the perfect song to kick things off.
“Lyrically, it deals with human subjectivity and the inherent narcissism embedded within which manifests as viewing yourself as a special, unique being when in all actuality we’re all just carbon-based, avaricious animals trapped on a tiny blue rock close to a dying star in an incomprehensibly vast and expanding universe. Contrary to what your parents and teachers told you, you aren’t special. You aren’t entitled to shit, and neither is anyone else, ourselves included.
“Narcotically Opaque’ is one of the more bluesy songs on the album, but it manages to rage into some heavy death/doom parts which feel like a blunt kick to the face. The whole song is very emotionally charged and that distraught pathos bleeds through in the riffs, crushing lead, and tortured vocals.
“The lyrics deal with watching a loved one existentially fade away via drugs and escapism in order to avoid facing trauma that has indelibly altered them – with the admission that you’re guilty of the same mental escapism. Whether its drugs, alcohol, religion, or television, everyone alters their mindset to avoid facing reality, but sometimes people lose sight of not only themselves, but reality itself in the process.”