The Detriot trio's fourth full-length Rendered Armor Armor follows the 'Their Body' EP of 2018 with expansive arrangements sculpted with masterful production. Throughout 'Rendered Armor' familiar influences reveal themselves, but the band doesn't rely on derivative limitation. instead Ritual Howls forge haunting atmospheres that are all their own, reaching into unexpected sonic domain. Each track unfolds with unnerving anticipation, as if sound tracking a chase scene in a surrealist western film.
Ritual Howls have toured extensively throughout Europe alongside bands such as ADULT., Cold Cave, The Faint & Hide.
Rituals Howls have performed in countless European countries and have appeared at revered festivals all over the globe such as Wave Gottik Treffen (DE), Substance (US), etc.
Empathy Test was formed in London (UK) in 2013, by childhood friends Isaac Howlett (vocals/songwriting) and Adam Relf (production/composition). The pair captivated listeners around the world with their debut track, Losing Touch. Since then, Empathy Test has self-produced and released three stunning albums: Losing Touch (Remastered) and Safe From Harm in 2017 and Monsters in 2020.
Empathy Test's "big dramatic sound swoons ecstatically between the nostalgic and immediate" (KCRW), earning them comparisons with classic acts such as Depeche Mode and A Flock of Seagulls, as well as modern synth-pop acts like CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Hurts.
Despite being offered more than their fair share of record deals, Empathy Test has chosen to make their own path, building a legion of dedicated fans while still managing to earn features from the likes of Vice on HBO, MTV's Catfish, Netflix, Fresh on the Net, BBC Introducing, Clash, LoBF, Earmilk, PopMatters and many more. Celebrity fans include legendary electronic musician Midge Ure and Boy George, who described them as “a musical orgasm” via his official Twitter account.
Empathy Test is:
Isaac Howlett (vocals/songwriting), non-performing founder member Adam Relf (composition/ production) Christina Lopez (drums) and Oliver Marson (synthesisers).