Ambient Metals

by Tone (DC)

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Karma 05:27
Steppe 08:58
Sticks 06:15
Alhambra 05:51
Timebox 04:29
Southpaw 05:56


A high-energy wall-of-sound outing from DC’s forward-looking instrumental septet on this fourth CD released. Featuring detailed production work by J. Robbins (of Jawbox and Burning Airlines, as well as producer of Jets to Brazil and The Dismemberment Plan), the six songs of AMBIENT METALS find the band in top form. From the relentless propulsion of the opener Karma, to the stark and thunderous dynamics of Southpaw, Tone achieves a density and sonic ferocity long sought after. Precise arrangements. Multiplicable rhythmic intensity. Yes, it’s the band you think it is, but not quite the sound you expect. Six songs supplying separate sonic surges.


"...current sound includes slow-building progressions, but also some intricate, more romantic passages - minimalism with a twist of Mussorgsky." -- Washington Post / 2.24.03


"Tone works best when it rocks most, presenting the assets of its parts in an accurate and interesting tandem." -- StellarGirl Online / 2/03


released January 28, 2003

Tone lineup on Ambient Metals includes two drummers, Gregg Hudson and Andy Myers, in addition to Dennis Kane on bass, and Geordie Grindle, Norm Veenstra, Doug Wandell, Steve Willett, and Jim Williamson on guitars.

Engineered, Mixed, and Produced by J. Robbins @ Phase
Mastered by Alan Douches at West WestSide
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Design by Metadog Design Group with Adriana Cordero
artwork: "Star Maps" by Andrea Way


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Tone (DC) Washington, D.C.

Founded in Washington, DC, TONE has relentlessly explored the often unpredictable, always epic sonic path of a dedicated instrumental ensemble. Currently a five-piece band, the ranks of TONE have swelled to as many as a dozen through the years to include multiple guitarists, bass players and drummers. TONE's latest recording, Antares, is available from Dischord. ... more

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