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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States (2006 – present)

Jenks Miller’s // project, Horseback, produced an sleeper-hit with 2007’s Impale Golden Horn. That record, which Aquarius Records described as “the best drone record of the year” upon its release, boasted four lengthy tracks, each one a vibrant and kaleidoscopic journey toward a manic, inevitable nirvana. More melodic and accessible than most records and noisier than most dream-pop records, Horseback’s debut carved itself a niche somewhere between Merzbow and Stars of the Lid, offering a refreshing sound to fans across many sub-genres of music.

Horseback began its story in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States in 2006.

Horseback toured in the fall of 2007, including a stop at the fourth-annual Arthur Magazine-curated Million Tongues Festival in Chicago.

Horseback’s next full-length, The Invisible Mountain, was released by Milwaukee’s Utech Records (Locrian, Aluk Todolo, Mamiffer) in 2009 to underground acclaim; it was then released on vinyl by the United Kingdom occult label Aurora Borealis in 2010 before being picked up by heavy-music powerhouse Relapse Records, who distributed the record around the world. Carried forward once again by Relapse’s greater visibility, The Invisible Mountain scored spots on many year-end lists (including Stereogum, Decibel, BrooklynVegan, Verbicide, All Music Guide, and OMG Vinyl).

After the success of The Invisible Mountain, Horseback produced a number of splits with genre-defying shape-shifters like Voltigeurs, Locrian, and Pyramids, and Forbidden Planet a limited black-noise cassette full-length on Brave Mysteries.

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  • meld0n

    @zaruyache Have you listened to the debut album? Because he didn't start out metal. Maybe like half dude's catalog as Horseback could even be classified as metal. And the new album still has a bunch of black metal vocals and guitar on the last track. I don't think he's really doing anything different with this project now than ever before. Which is just, basically, whatever the hell he wants.

    10 Aug 2:23am Reply
  • meld0n

    @Smirnon: yes. Actually. It would.

    10 Aug 2:21am Reply
  • LeMortHermit

    Do You Have a True Feeling???

    14 Jul 6:59pm Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    Like a melodic chilled out Weedeater.

    7 Jul 12:54pm Reply
  • zaruyache

    Horseback isn't even remotely metal anymore. Don't really care.

    18 Apr 7:37pm Reply
  • Smirnon

    this subject about M-A is ancient as fuck, can't believe you people still get bothered whether an artist is or is not included on some internet database. would it really put your souls at ease if it had its own page there? sheesh

    18 Apr 6:39pm Reply
  • meld0n

    @MichaelSnoxall, fuck those dudes at MA, seriously. There are so many examples of their shitty, euro-centric elitism keeping bands out of their "archives". Vali and Of the Wand & the Moon have profiles but artists like Horseback, Wreck and Reference, Between the Buried and Me, get shafted because they're too hip or whatever, despite being overtly metal. Fuck em.

    14 Apr 5:59pm Reply
  • MichaelSnoxall

    Reviewed Piedmont Apocrypha: http://destroyingmoments.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/horseback-piedmont-apocrypha/

    5 Apr 5:13pm Reply
  • z0z0bra

    Passing Through is such a lovely song :)

    30 Mar 7:10pm Reply
  • MichaelSnoxall

    I find it hilarious how MA could have a band like Baroness in their archives, but not Horseback, despite Horseback having plenty of material much more metal than anything Baroness ever put out.

    28 Mar 3:23pm Reply
  • MichaelSnoxall

    New album is fantastic from beginning to end

    25 Mar 4:05pm Reply
  • Smirnon

    so um...i think i don't really like the new album much. it has some nice moments, but they're too sparse. it kinda makes me think of a really mediocre Circle release, even the vocals sound similar to Janne Westerlund's

    13 Mar 8:25pm Reply
  • meld0n

    Figures. People post about them on the forum there but, alas, no profile. Not kvlt enough.

    18 Jan 1:38am Reply
  • Tyroshimo

    They're just that big of elitist assholes.

    16 Jan 9:59pm Reply
  • meld0n

    so is this band not having a Metal-Archives page some sort of glaring omission or they they just that big of elitist assholes there?

    15 Jan 1:41am Reply
  • askionkataskion

    https://www.facebook.com/TheArtOfDerekSetzer

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bigkajamma

    Some of the best drone rock out there, reminds me of certain parts of Cult of Luna's "Eternal Kingdom"

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • psychoviolence

    if someone don't know, project of ex-guitar http://solarhalos.bandcamp.com/

    13 Sep 2013 Reply
  • krumbledkookie

    "Should have used stoner vocals?" Dear boy, I think you're probably the only person who has ever said/typed those words. Utter stupidity.

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ih8myM8

    pretty good

    4 May 2013 Reply
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