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Closure in Moscow have released "Primal Sinister," the second single from their forthcoming album Soft Hell (Oct. 27, Bird's Robe Records).

The band have also announced Australian tour dates alongside Deafheaven, kicking off later this month.

“Primal Sinister” is a fuzzed-out garage rock jam, laden with vocal effects atop singer Christopher de Cinque’s silvery vocals & dripping with psychedelic guitar work from Michael Barrett and Mansur Zennelli. Drummer Salvatore Aidone says of the new song: “This track to me is ‘Neoprene Byzantine’ part 2, it’s got that attitude.”

The single arrives with a quirky video directed by former Thank You Scientist drummer Faye Fadel – from choreographed undead dancing to blazing desert guitar solos, it’s a perfect representation of a band as difficult to pin down as Closure in Moscow.

The track follows an earlier preview of the Fall 2023 album, with the song “Better Way” ( arriving in March.

Soft Hell is Closure in Moscow's third album and their first new release in nine years. Arriving via Bird’s Robe Records, home of fellow Aussies sleepmakeswaves and We Lost The Sea, the collection is newly available for pre-orders:

The band, collectively, said of the 12-song album:

“It’s finally here for you to pre-order, the last nine years distilled down to 50 minutes. We’ve put blood, sweat and years into this, and fully believe when you hear these tracks, the wait will have been worth it. We know you have to take our word on that for the time being, but the wait is almost over.

Getting comfortable with chronic discomfort caused by the choices that fears and trauma lead you to make. This is life in a soft hell. There are enough distractions to stave off facing up to it, you can keep yourself in denial to avoid it, and things can just keep ticking along. Life becomes a fever dream of creature comforts and time killers, floating further into a lake of fire. People come along to pull you out, but they too get burned when you feel too stuck to climb with them.

Thank you to everyone that had been patiently waiting for new music. Everyone involved with working on this went so above and beyond because they believed in it, and we hope you hear what they heard too.”

Closure in Moscow tour with Deafheaven:

31 May – Max Watts, Melbourne

1 June – Max Watts, Melbourne

2 June – Metro Theatre, Sydney

3 June – The Triffid, Brisbane

Listen/order Soft Hell at

Photo credit: Jeff Andersen

Closure in Moscow formed in 2006 and soon attracted attention for their dynamic, catchy and energetic take on post-hardcore with their debut EP, The Penance and the Patience. They quickly signed to Equal Vision Records and relocated to the USA, recording their full-length debut First Temple with producer Kris Crummett and touring extensively with acts including Coheed and Cambria, Emery and Dance Gavin Dance. They returned to Australia for the Homebake Festival in 2009, completed a gruelling trek on the 2010 Warped Tour and all the while First Temple quickly earned a dedicated following for fans of their blistering musicianship, impossibly catchy melodies and formidable grooves. Pink Lemonade followed in 2014, with the band continuing to tour extensively, both pre and post-release. Alternative Press said Pink Lemonade "is anything but simple" and Heavy Blog Is Heavy noted "... psychedelic and theatrical... this isn't your dad's Closure in Moscow record."

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