Northless deals in volume. Great, shuddering washes of sound and texture, pummeling rhythms and intense guitars.
Hate. Anger. Pain. Disillusionment. Abuse.
Formed in 2007 by Erik Stenglein, Northless is a reaction to the erosion of the future. Drawing from influences such as Neurosis, Eyehategod, Drudkh and Khanate, Northless has placed a boot firmly in the realm of sludge and doom.
In Fall 2008 with drummer Dan Opgenorth, Northless recorded 11 songs at Milwaukee's Howl Street Studios with engineer Shane Hochstetler. Out of this session came the song "Temples Of The Weak", which was later included on a split 7" with Milwaukee hardcore band Protestant, released by Inkblot Records out of NYC. Six of the remaining songs from that session were used on the 2010 release Leaving The Wolves, released by Halo of Flies records. The first full length album, titled No Quarter for The Damaged, was released in May 2009, also by Halo of Flies records.
After Dan left the band in 2009, Erik turned to Milwaukee instrumental music stalwarts Nicholas Elert (This Specific Dream), John Grant (This Specific Dream) and John Gleisner (Mahogany Throttle) to flesh out the lineup and provide a fuller sound, more bottom end, and greater impact.
Working together, this lineup wrote the eight songs that make up 2011's Clandestine Abuse (Halo of Flies/Gilead Media) in six months. Recorded once again with Shane at Howl Street, Clandestine Abuse is a documentation of pure, unmitigated hatred of the way things are.
In 2011, John Grant left the band to brew beer, and his place was taken by Jerry Hauppa (Concentric, Ara), who brings an encyclopedic knowledge of metal and incomparable musicianship to Northless.
In summer 2012, Northless again returned to Howl Street to record the five songs that would become a split LP with Halo of Flies labelmates Light Bearer, as well as the Valley of Lead 10".
In May of 2013, Northless and Howl Street came together again to record the epic DLP World Keeps Sinking, available August 2013 once again from Halo of Flies/Gilead Media.
2016 saw the release of a split EP with Denver's Primitive Man on Halo of Flies, and a 12" EP from Milwaukee's Triple Eye Industries.
In summer of 2017, Northless set up camp at Howl Street to record our magnum opus, Last Bastion of Cowardice, on DLP from Halo of Flies/Gilead Media, on CD from Init Records, and on Cassette from Hand of Death Records.
Early 2018 saw John and Nicholas depart the band, Jerry switched from bass to 2nd guitar. Our good friend James Becker (who also plays bass in Ara) will now be our bass player. Drumming duties were assumed by Noel Chandek. Noel left Northless in early 2019 to spend more time concentrating on his other projects, Population Control, Painted Caves, and Uhtcearu.
March 2019 saw the addition of Jeff Nicholas on drums, from the excellent Minnesota band Lungs.