· By John Frazier

Welcome Barren Womb to the Spartan Family! New Album Out March 11th

We're proud to announce the signing of Norwegian hardcore band Barren Womb and the upcoming release of their debut full-length album The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken on March 11th. The record will be available digitally and on limited edition vinyl which can be pre-ordered now here. In anticipation for the upcoming release, we're premiering the first new track “Kill Hicks” at BrooklynVegan.

"”Kill Hicks” was one of the last songs we finished up for the record, and it came together fast,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony Gonzahl. “We had this kind of bluegrass influenced riff kicking about for a little while, but hadn't really had the chance to do much with it. Then one day we started jamming and that riff came up. A couple of hours later we had the song pretty much done. Although there is a lot of beauty to humanity, I feel that right now the negative far outweighs the positive. This is not a holier-than-thou attitude, I most definitely see myself as part of the problem. Lyrically "Kill Hicks" deals with apathy and the bleak future ahead of us if we continue on this path.”

Formed late 2011 in Trondheim, Norway, the duo, featuring Gonzahl and Timo Silvola (drums), blends hardcore punk with elements of black metal, rock 'n' roll, and country to create a nasty swill all of their own, while recalling some of the greats before them like Refused, Turbonegro, The Bronx, Drive Like Jehu and The Hives. Sometimes it's fast and intense, other times slow and pulsating. Seldom however is it quite like anything heard before, always keeping somewhat to the left of the beaten path.

After a handful of successful singles and EP's, the Norwegian noise mongers are now set to unleash their first full length, entitled The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. From the first jangly chords of the opener "Kill Hicks," it quickly becomes apparent how much the band has grown since their previous efforts. The dynamics are broader, the songwriting more focused and the sound is heavier - all topped off with the bleakest lyrics they've written to date.

Recorded by Ole Spangrud of Mørkemakt and mixed by the band themselves, The sun's not yellow, it's chicken features 13 blisteringly honest noise punk ditties, all set in the key of apocalypse. Follow Barren Womb now on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional news and updates.