mimicry records



When we here at WoM ran across Cleric's music it almost seemed as if some kind of prophesy was being fulfilled. The music registered in our minds as a kind of missing link, like an inevitable stage in metal-oriented music that has needed to happen for a long time now. Yet somehow the seat of that destiny has remained ever vacant until this particular band came along. Like everything good, it took the tireless commitment of people unifying behind a vision which for some reason always ends up having to fight against every stream, every atrophy, every regression into easy answers, in order to reach its goal. There's no accounting for how "niche" bands are perceived, even when they are fulfilling a destiny as clear as the one Cleric has taken on. It's for this reason that lowly WoM is once again graced by one of the finest and well-honed musical expressions to emerge from any music scene in the last decade.

A four piece from Philadelphia, Cleric's music mixes elements of grindcore, avant garde composition, doom and... something else entirely? Influenced by other metal pioneers such as Meshuggah, Converge, Fantômas, and Neurosis, their music zeroes in on a level of brutality and experimentation that a single band rarely maintains even for a few seconds. In their six years since inception, Cleric has released a number of EPs and a 12" picture disk through Sound Devastation Records (UK), all of which (for their very high quality and unique & intricate sounds and artwork) have garnered praise and die-hard underground accolade. Having been around awhile, and taken a lot of shit & not given up & built themselves up internally to handle whatever bullshit this world flings their way, this band is just beginning its walk down their shining path.

mimicry releases

Cleric Official Website: iamcleric.com
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Future performances by this artist:

date venue location details
 Mar 19, 2018 Jerilee’s Pub Lafayette IN
 Mar 21, 2018 Foam St. Louis MO w/ SEVEN)SUNS
 Mar 22, 2018 The Riot Room Kansas City MO
 Mar 23, 2018 Hexagon Bar Minneapolis MN
 Mar 24, 2018 Cactus Club Milwaukee WI
 Mar 26, 2018 Subterranean Chicago IL
 Mar 27, 2018 Cellarmen’s Hazel Park MI
 Mar 28, 2018 Coalition Toronto ON w/ Pyrrhon
 Mar 29, 2018 Coalition Toronto ON (MASADA SET)
 Mar 30, 2018 Bar Bistro Le Scanner Quebec City QC w/ Pyrrhon
 Mar 31, 2018 La Vitrola Montreal QC w/ Pyrrhon
 Apr 01, 2018 Spark Contemporary Art Space Syracuse NY w/ Pyrrhon
 Apr 03, 2018 Ralph’s Rock Diner Worcester MA w/ Pyrrhon
 Apr 04, 2018 Dusk Providence RI w/ Pyrrhon
 Apr 05, 2018 Saint Vitus Bar New York NY w/ Pyrrhon
 Apr 06, 2018 Century Bar Philadelphia PA w/ Pyrrhon
 Apr 22, 2018 Underground Arts Philadelphia PA Opening for Nile & Soulfly
 Apr 27, 2018 Chameleon Club Lancaster PA Opening for Candiria
 Apr 29, 2018 Voltage Lounge Philadelphia PA Opening for Candiria
 May 03, 2018 The Chance Poughkeepsie NY Opening for Candiria
 May 04, 2018 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh PA Opening for Candiria
 May 05, 2018 Mac's Bar Lansing MI Opening for Candiria
 May 06, 2018 Frankie's Toledo OH Opening for Candiria
 May 07, 2018 Reggies Chicago IL Opening for Candiria
For other artists, see the Calendar.


mimicry releases

(WoM 055) - 2017

Futurists Against the Ocean

Retrocausal is Cleric's stunning and long LONG-awaited follow-up to their groundbreaking 2010 album Regressions. Now with well-earned respect from both the extreme metal underground and Zorn-associated avant garde jazz scene, Cleric more than makes good on their promise. Listen to them rewrite the book on what the combination of the terms "metal" and "avant garde" can (and should) mean. With "Retrocausal" this tireless Philadeliphia-based unit has burst forth with a true masterpiece in the field of extreme experimental music. Read more in the press release here.

  1. The treme
  2. Ifrit
  3. Lowell
  4. Lunger
  5. Soroboruo
  6. Resumption
  7. The Spiraling Abyss
  8. Triskaidekaphobe
  9. Grey Lodge




(WoM 038) - 2010

Futurists Against the Ocean

  1. Allotriophagy
  2. -----
  3. A Rush of Blood [mp3]
  4. -----
  5. The Boon
  6. -----
  7. Cumberbund
  8. Poisonberry Pie
  9. &
  10. The Fiberglass Cheesecake






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