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Ironclad Recordings Signs Turbid North

Alaskan/Texan metallers have joined the Ironclad Recordings roster.  Their debut cd “Orogeny” will see a re-release through Ironclad in mid to late June. “We got their self released disc a few months ago and it is in constant rotation here at Ironclad,” said label owner Trevor Phipps.  ”With only a few copies released we wanted to broaden the exposure of the band and this phenomenal album.”

You can check out their facebook page and listen to a few of their tunes – , watch their video for “Between the Glacier and the Sea” here – and read some review clips of the album below…

The band collectively commented on the signing and release saying,  ”We want to thank Ironclad for the opportunity and we can’t wait to get started.  We’re 5 guys from Alaska, Texas, and England signed to a label based in Massachusetts…in the words of Dean Murdoch “you just go out and you give’r.”

The release will be the first from Ironclad Recordings with their new distributor MRI/RED.

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The story of Turbid North parallels the hunter as they both have a strong drive to survive and meet challenges.  The band started in North Pole, Alaska back in 2001 right near Fairbanks.  Original members Forkel, Rydlinski and his brother Adam Rydlinski (drums) were accomplished musicians with Adam even spending time in the Alaskan Symphony Orchestra.  “We quickly made it to the top of the Fairbanks metal scene” says Forkel “but there was really no where to go from there.”  Though big acts in the world of heavy music rarely came, when they did come Turbid North were selected as the opening band.  The group opened for Darkest Hour, Godsmack (twice), Adema and their show with Drowning Pool changed their lives.  “The guys in Drowning Pool watched us and said you guys are great but you’ll never make it if you stay here.  They told us that the scene in their home area of Dallas/Ft Worth Texas was great and that we could really make a name out there.”  The band worked full time as Lumber Jacks saving up all their money and a little over three years ago picked up and moved to Fort Worth, Texas.

The band entrenched themselves in the live music scene, making a sizeable dent in the Texas metal scene building a respectable audience.  Leaving their original bassist in Alaska, the band came to the attention of Chris O’Toole, who recently moved from the UK to Texas strangely enough.  O’Toole sent audition videos from the UK to the band and joined their ranks.  In 2009 the
original vocalist left to return to Alaska and his replacement was Brian McCoy, ex vocalist of Debri, who won the Ozzfest Battle Of The Bands in 2008.  Today the band lives together in the same house where they recorded Orogeny in their home studio by Forkel.  They have done multiple regional tours through the Texas and surrounding areas playing with such artists as Goatwhore and Skeletonwitch.
The band recently signed to Ironclad Recordings, has a debut video available and will be hitting the road this summer and beyond to support their debut album “Orogeny”.

Chris O’Toole – Bass
Nick Forkel – Guitar
Brian McCoy – Vocals
Alex Rydlinksi – Guitar
Adam Rydlinski – Drums

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