SCARD: Portland Dark Ambient/Industrial Noise Project To Release Harrowing Rusted Lock Full Length This November; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available


Portland-based dark ambient/industrial noise project SCARD will release its Rusted Lock full length November 6th via Scry Recordings.

For preorders, go to THIS LOCATION.

SCARD – led by one J. Huston — began in 2001 in Seattle, moving to Portland a year later. Drawing from dark ambient, power electronics, death industrial, and black noise, SCARD combines their personal origins in the forested regions of Oregon with eventual scum of city life to create a harsh, layered, and multi-faceted sound. In addition to his solo endeavor, Huston is the guitarist, vocalist, and producer of the atmospheric black metal band Winter In The Blood and also appears on the avant-garde black metal ensemble L’Acephale’s Stahlhartes Gehäuse and self-titled full-lengths (2009 and 2019 respectively).

Comments Huston of his upcoming offering, “Rusted Lock contains the most seething, and incisive work since SCARD’s inception. The project is by nature experimental and includes exploratory sounds and songs but a consistent thread of death/industrial doom and black metal virulence remains consistent throughout. This latest offering was an absolutely crucial album after a very long break from any activity. Near the end of the break, I underwent a total mental reconfiguration as well as a vast expansion of studio gear. The album evolved naturally throughout the process, utilizing a dominating force of will during a period of molting. It draws upon concepts surrounding personal strength, confrontation, obsession, and the many forms of poison, violently gripping, and tearing at its prey until cold, barren detritus is rejected and abandoned.”

Stream SCARD’s “Graveyard Dirt” at THIS LOCATION. View the album trailer below.  

Rusted Lock was mixed by Fester, mastered by James Plotkin, and will see release on cassette and digital formats. 

Rusted Lock Track Listing:

  1. Polluted And Barren
  2. Dancing With Rot
  3. Impenetrable Will
  4. Silence Of God
  5. Graveyard Dirt
  6. Withered Prey
  7. Fire In The Veins
  8. Tainted And Estranged

Over the last nineteen years, SCARD has shared stages with the likes of Sixes, Bloodyminded, Daniel Menche, Control, To End It All, The Rita, Wolf Eyes, John Wiese, Blue Sabbath Black Cheer, Sleeping With The Earth, Pharmakon, Dave Phillips, Sudden Infant, Consumer Electronics, and many others. SCARD has also appeared at 2007’s Black Noise Festival in Oakland, 2009’s Northeast Noise And Power Electronics Festival in Boston, 2012’s Pure Harsh Noise Worship in Portland, and 2014’s Pent Up Fest in Seattle, and many DIY venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.