bent sea (l to r) ... shane embury | bass ... dirk verbeuren | drums, guitar ... sven de caluwe | vocals
...on an angst-driven evening in january 2011, multi-instrumentalist dirk verbeuren (megadeth, scarve, soilwork) carved grindcore act bent sea out of his disemboweling passion for the noise that permeated the air of his teenage years...equipped with an arsenal of furious beats and ferocious riffage, verbeuren created an assaulting army of tracks, enlisting his former aborted bandmate and fellow countryman sven de caluwe to call the formations...on their self-released 2011 debut ep noistalgia, the pair were joined by none other than devin townsend on bass and production duties...following a cassette release of noistalgia via tankcrimes, legendary napalm death bassist shane embury stepped in to replace townsend…in july 2013, the trio released a free digital split single with swedish death metallers torture division…eight new tracks saw the light of day in january 2014 on a split with swedish death/crust act usurpress, released on cd by selfmadegod and on 10" vinyl by doomentia...in july 2016, a split with cleveland grinders to dust was pressed onto 12" wax by give praise...containing five new songs including a godflesh cover, ascend is bent sea's most definite statement yet, with many more to come...
...inspired by the founding fathers of grindcore and noise, such as napalm death, repulsion and terrorizer, bent sea is also a tribute to today's vibrant scene and countless amazing bands that push the envelope and/or keep the tradition alive...the works of godflesh, black lung, scorn, endvra and other non-grindcore acts being a definite source of inspiration as well...lyrically, bent sea addresses human and social issues, although it must be said that the music precedes the message..."we're not here to preach", says verbeuren, "but we're certainly not afraid of our opinions"...
photography and art design ... hannah verbeuren
websea ... mccaulley designs
management ... diecrawling[at]gmail[dot]com