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The patron saints of altered states known as John Frum began its chronicle of disturbances on 11.11.11 in Philadelphia, and have been fermenting their bedeviled broth in the clandestine corners of their collective consciousness ever since.

John Frum borrows its name from a relatively isolated group of natives in the South Pacific islands, known as a Cargo Cult, who first used the alias John Frum as a means to reject European ways, escape oppressive missionaries, and return to their old traditions. The narrative changed, during the war in the 1940s, to reflect their encounters with thousands of American soldiers who spectacularly descended on that region by sea and air with crates of wartime materials dropped from the sky, known as “Cargo.” These events drastically changed the beliefs and lifestyle of the islanders as they took the soldiers and their offerings to be god-like, as they descended from the heavens.

Alt-religious narratives induced by these encounters were incongruent with islanders’ long-held beliefs, yet the natives could not deny the call of the cargo. Attempting to reconcile their existing beliefs with the new understanding of the outside world led to some strange interpretations which evolved into a bizarre narrative about a dark-skinned soldier-deity who resides inside a nearby volcano, and who many believe will one day return, showering them in riches and technology.

Like a planchette moved by the presence of subtle energies, John Frum functions as a medium for malefic musings. Existing at the intersections of perception, superstition, intoxication, ritual, rhetoric, metaphysics and mystical experience, John Frum welcome in the golden age of musical enlightenment with their first manifesto, A Stirring in the Noos. Nearly 6 years in the making, John Frum’s unorthodox debut maneuvers through 40 minutes of darkly psychedelic and meticulously crafted death metal, the backdrop of a bad trip. A Stirring in the Noos is a dismal distillation of oneiric transmissions, an aural reliquary of mis-shapen manifestations, and a totem to modern primitivism in heavy music.

John Frum Is:

Matt Hollenberg (John Zorn, Cleric)/guitar
Eli Litwin (Intensus/Deveykus/Knife The Glitter)/drums
Derek Rydquist (Ex-The Faceless)/vocals
Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Ex-Starkweather)/bass

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  • Relapse Records Podcast #50: Ft. LIAM WILSON (JOHN FRUM/THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) Stream and Download Via: Relapse Podcast Website: http://relapsepodcast.com/relapse-records-podcast-50-ft-liam-wilson-john-frumthe-dillinger-escape-plan Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/relapserecords/relapse-records-podcast-50-featuring-liam-wilson-john-frumthe-dillinger-escape-plan YouTube: https://youtu.be/K0Nw5I6i_iQ The Relapse Records Podcast returns as the Summer approaches with our special guest Liam Wilson of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and JOHN FRUM! Liam breaks down A Stirring In The Noos, the debut album from his latest project JOHN FRUM, discussing the band’s inception, their debut live ...
  • JOHN FRUM Share Ghastly New Video For “Wasting Subtle Body” Via Bloody Disgusting Just days ahead of the release of their debut album, cult metal collective JOHN FRUM has released a video for their new song, “Wasted Subtle Body,” at Bloody-Disgusting.com. Watch the Mitch Massie directed video now at this location or below. May 12th, 2017 will see the worldwide release of A Stirring In The Noos via Relapse ...
  • Cult Metal Collective JOHN FRUM Share “Memory Palace” Music Video John Frum Kristie Krause Enigmatic, cult metal collective JOHN FRUM has unveiled a video for their new song “Memory Palace.” The song is off the band’s upcoming, debut album, A Stirring In The Noos. Watch the trance inducing music video below. Directed by Christopher Kanopka. “Memory Palace is a journey into the ever changing and expanding void we find ourselves ...
  • Relapse Records Podcast #48- March 2017 Ft. OBITUARY The Relapse Records podcast returns to kick off the Spring with a special OBITUARY takeover! March’s episode also highlights new and upcoming releases from IRON REAGAN, THE OBSESSED, GRUESOME, KING WOMAN, ECSTATIC VISION, JOHN FRUM and UNEARTHLY TRANCE! We also spin a handful of death metal classics from new vinyl reissues. This month, Nick talked ...
  • Cult Collective JOHN FRUM Announce Debut Album, A Stirring In The Noos; Share New Song stirring_1500 Due Out May 12th on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records The patron saints of altered states known as JOHN FRUM welcome in the golden age of musical enlightenment with the debut album A Stirring In The Noos. Nearly six years in the making, JOHN FRUM’s unorthodox debut maneuvers through 40 minutes of darkly psychedelic and meticulously crafted ...
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