New Orleans, Louisiana-based sludge/crust trio, ROMASA, featuring within its ranks members of Ossacrux And Witch Burial, will kick off a seven-date stretch of live dates this week. The trek will commence March 19th and run through March 26th with additional shows to be announced in the coming weeks. See all confirmed dates below.
ROMASA will be touring in support of their Cheering Death debut, self-released earlier this month. Tracked in two days with James Whitten (Thou, The Body, Ossacrux et al) at his own Hightower Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatwright (Gatecreeper, Necrot), Cheering Death spews forth five vile hymns of sonic pessimism centered on a world of excess, apathy, disillusion, and suffering, all swathed in the twisted artwork of Ogi.
Stream Cheering Death in its devouring entirety at THIS LOCATION.
Cheering Death is out now on digital and cassette formats with a vinyl edition to follow. The cassette edition is limited to 100 copies in random color variations with included lyric booklet. For orders, go to THIS LOCATION.
3/19/2019 Santos – New Orleans, LA w/ Stonecutters
3/21/2019 The Catacombs – Atlanta, GA
3/22/2019 Mag Bar – Louisville, KY
3/24/2019 Casa De Sasha – Urbana, IL w/ Power Of Dusk
3/25/2019 TBA – Nashville, TN w/ Act Of Impalement, Thetan
3/26/2019 Firehouse – Birmingham, AL w/ Heavy User
Conceived in mid-2017 through a New Orleans Craigslist ad, ROMASA – an acronym for Reality Obscures Manic Assessment Sickening Action as well as an Arabic name meaning beautiful, suggesting there is a twisted beauty inherent in filth – was forged as an attempt to apply a unique filter to an amalgamation of crust, sludge, ’90s hardcore, old-school death metal, and post-metal, among various other influences. After quickly recording and releasing a demo cassette in July 2017, the band – drummer Rob Lovell (Ossacrux, Witch Burial, Torture Garden), bassist Samael White (Witch Burial), and guitarist/vocalist Matthew Moorin – took the next year to focus on hitting the road for a handful of short DIY tours in between local gigs with touring acts such as Leeway, Yautja, Cave Of Swimmers, Withered, Ringworm, and Hoods, among others.