Burden (Sargent House)

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REZN – the Chicago-based band of Rob McWilliams (vocals, guitar), Phil Cangelosi (bass), Patrick Dunn (drums), and Spencer Ouellette (synth/saxophone) – announce their new album, Burden, out June 14th via their new label Sargent House. In conjunction, they present its massive lead single/video, “Chasm.” Since their inception, REZN have mined the stark monochromatic depths of underground metal and fused them with the kaleidoscopic delights of psychedelia, prog rock, and shoegaze. With their latest album Burden, they plumb the deepest, bleakest trenches of their sound while retaining a lifeline into the cosmos. Staking a claim at the crossroads of the hazy dimensions of modern psych acts like Black Angels, the cavernous gloom and reverb-drenched guitar of bands like Spectral Voice, and the lurching low-end meditations of artists like OM, REZN have created Burden—an album of immense amp-worshipping weight and intoxicating instrumentation.


Burden was recorded simultaneously with their previous album Solace back in July 2021 at Earth Analog Studios in Tolono, IL by Matt Russell. Rather than release a double album, REZN divided the material into two separate records, each with its own distinct emotional timbre. Whereas Solace was meant to uplift and create a sense of narcotic dreaminess, Burden skews towards the themes of delirium, claustrophobia, and misery. Musically, Burden favors riffs over atmosphere, percussion over ether, dissonance over beauty, but there is still an undeniable cohesion between it and its predecessor. The marriage of brute force and sublime textures has always been a key tactic in REZN’s approach—a duality that may explain their touring history with fellow synesthesia-inducing metallurgists Elder and Russian Circles—but the spectrum of the band’s mercurial temperaments has never felt as clearly defined and fully explored as it does on Burden.


Burden’s artwork is a literal continuation of Solace’s landscape painting, showing the fiery depths at the foot of the mountain range. Even Burden’s most reserved moments feel like the calm before the storm, a gathering of momentum before the punishing closer and lead single “Chasm,” a megalithic weedian crusher further bolstered by a scorching guitar solo courtesy of Russian Circle’s Mike Sullivan. “We wrote ‘Chasm’ to depict the final phase of an existential descent, when you’re on the last few steps of the spiral staircase and realize there’s no going back,” says Rob McWilliams. “We wanted it to sound like walls closing in on all sides and you’re looking at the exit getting further and further away. Mike’s melodic finger-tapping style blurs the section into a kind of dizzying, infernal panic attack. In the final moment of the song you’re faced with the repetitive churning of a molten, fuzzed-out wall of sound that builds until the audio itself starts to singe and catch fire, then abruptly self destructs.”


As knowledgeable gear heads, experienced sound engineers, and seasoned DIY veterans, REZN were able to create an early body of work devoid of any sonic compromises in their speaker-rattling dirges and heady lysergic forays. Their four self-released albums—Let It Burn (2017), Calm Black Water (2018), Chaotic Divine (2020), and Solace (2023)—have all gone through multiple vinyl pressings without any distribution or retail presence, and the international underground heavy psych world has routinely selected the band for distinguished festival slots across North America and Europe. From their inception, REZN have been a fiercely independent band with a fully realized aesthetic and a fervent cult following. Now ready to take things even further, REZN have teamed up with Sargent House to release Burden unto the world.


This summer, REZN will tour across North America with Pallbearer. Following, they’ll tour in Europe with new label mates Russian Circles as well as performing at multiple festival. A full list of dates can be found below and tickets are on sale now.



    Jun 11, 2024
    Durham, NC
    The Fruit

    Jun 12, 2024
    Asheville, NC

    Jun 14, 2024
    Baltimore, MD
    Metro Baltimore

    Jun 15, 2024
    Lancaster, PA

    Jun 16, 2024
    Philadelphia, PA
    Underground Arts

    Jun 18, 2024
    Hamden, CT
    Space Ballroom

    Jun 20, 2024
    Brooklyn, NY
    Music Hall of Williamburg

    Jun 21, 2024
    Cambridge, MA
    The Sinclair

    Jun 22, 2024
    Montreal, QC
    Theatre Fairmount

    Jun 23, 2024
    Toronto, ON
    Velvet Underground

    Jun 25, 2024
    Milwaukee, WI

    Jun 26, 2024
    Chicago, IL
    Thalia Hall

    Jun 27, 2024
    St. Paul, MN
    Turf Club

    Jun 28, 2024
    Lawrence, KS

    Jun 29, 2024
    Little Rock, AR
    The Hall

    Jul 26, 2024
    Indianapolis, IN
    Post. Festival

    Aug 09, 2024
    Iowa City, IA

    Aug 10, 2024
    Kansas City, MO

    Aug 13, 2024
    Denver, CO

    Aug 14, 2024
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Aces High Saloon

    Aug 16, 2024
    Portland, OR

    Aug 17, 2024
    Vancouver, BC
    Green Auto

    Aug 18, 2024
    Seattle, WA

    Aug 20, 2024
    Sacramento, CA
    Cafe Colonial

    Aug 21, 2024
    Oakland, CA
    Stork Club

    Aug 22, 2024
    Los Angeles, CA
    Lodge Room

    Aug 23, 2024
    Palmdale, CA
    Transplants Brewing

    Aug 24, 2024
    Mesa, AZ
    Nile Underground

    Aug 25, 2024
    Albuquerque, NM
    Sister Bar

    Aug 27, 2024
    Fort Worth, TX

    Aug 28, 2024
    Austin, TX
    The Lost Well