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All Paths Lead to Here

“… no strangers to creating lush, brooding atmospheres with powerful minimalism.”

“…as beautiful as it is heavy.”

“…a transformative musical experience…”

“…doesn’t need lyrics to weave a tale. All it has to say is delivered through the feeling of each epic track.”

Mindrocket Sessions: The Long Hunt “Smoke Offering” (Mindrocket Sessions, Rick Polo, 12.27.19)

  • “Pittsburgh experimental/instrumental act The Long Hunt are no strangers to creating lush, brooding atmospheres with powerful minimalism. Their individual tracks feel more like movements, brush strokes on a greater canvas: that’s not to say that they don’t stand strong as individual pieces either. This is evident on “Smoke Offering,” a standout track from their 2018 record, All Paths Lead to Here.
  • “Across [“Smoke Offering’s] runtime, a hypnotic groove provides ethereal soundscapes which set the foundation for a dark psychedelic guitar riff, not far removed from the sounds of a David Lynch film, but also not far removed enough from an emotional connection as great as any traditional “song” would have to offer.”

Descendants of Crom Returns with an Extra Day, Whole Slew of Metal, Doom, Sludge Bands (Meat Mead Metal, Brian Krasman, 9.26.18)

  • “Their new record All Paths Lead to Here is highly recommended and as beautiful as it is heavy.”

Pittsburgh’s The Long Hunt Pull Back, Bring Minimalist Doom with Parched All Paths Lead to Here (Meat Mead Metal, Brian Krasman, 6.5.18)

  • “With this band, minimalism is the name of the game, and they do a fine job on these six songs carving paths down dusty roads, letting the sun burn your skin, and leading you into a transformative musical experience that puts some of the responsibility on the listener to commit to the journey.”
  • “‘Closing the Circle’ begins with drums bustling, the bass riveting, and us heading back into the desert with dry throats. Guitars head through and pull us into a driving rain before speed takes over and races to a psyched-out end.”
  • “…these songs promise to expand the room in a live setting and give you a new understanding of their power.”
  • All Paths to Here is a fine piece of work that unravels more with each listen, so by all means, go back and indulge.”

New Release from The Long Hunt: Minimalist Heavy Psych (Pittsburgh City Paper, Meg Fair, 5.30.18)

  • “The Long Hunt makes wandering music, so it’s only fitting that its latest release is titled All Paths Lead to Here. The heavy psych, minimalist post-rock moves through valleys of sludgy riffs, ascends into peaks of slithering bass licks and rolls across ambient fields of rock.”
  • “There are only three members (drums, guitar, bass), but it sounds like many more. The band is entirely instrumental, and it doesn’t need lyrics to weave a tale. All it has to say is delivered through the feeling of each epic track.”

Wilderness Tales

“The sound is unpredictable … unsettling, heavy, and mesmerizing.”

“This isn’t the music of lily pads and fawn sipping from streams. Wilderness Tales channels the punitive, indifferent randomness of floods and wildfires.”

“The trio … succeeds with its sound because every minimalist instinct is balanced by jolts of grandiosity and abrupt change.”

The Long Hunt Channel Nature for its Moody, Minimalist Debut, Wilderness Tales: Think of a Sound Somewhere between Slint and Sleep (Pittsburgh City Paper, Alex Gordon, 2.15.17)

  • “Nature figures heavily in Wilderness Tales, the debut album from post-rock trio The Long Hunt. The songs are instrumental – there are no lyrics about wind whistling through leaves – but nature references are abundant. There’s a deer head on the cover (not a real deer, it’s papier mâché), the song titles are outdoor-centric, and the inside cover art shows the band’s instruments lying in the grass like sleepy poets.”
  • “[The Long Hunt’s] style of heavy, repetitive, minimally stylized music does have an organic, animalistic vibe to it. This isn’t the music of lily pads and fawn sipping from streams. Wilderness Tales channels the punitive, indifferent randomness of floods and wildfires.”
  • “The trio … succeeds with its sound because every minimalist instinct is balanced by jolts of grandiosity and abrupt change. The sound is unpredictable. Think something between Sleep and Slint: unsettling, heavy and mesmerizing.”

MP3 Monday: The Long Hunt (Pittsburgh City Paper, Alex Gordon, 2.13.17)

  • Wilderness Tales is built on sparse guitar lines on the surface, but anyone who’s spent any time with Earth or Sleep or OM will recognize the heavier – if less distorted – nuances in each composition.”

Band & Live Performance

“The Long Hunt dominated.”

“…they’re even better live…”

“Excellent band…”

“…one of the most charismatic songs and performances to be captured…”

Best of 2018: Non-Worst in Metal – Descendants of Crom (Meat Mead Metal, Brian Krasman, 12.11.18)

  • “The Long Hunt dominated.”

Best of 2018: Non-Metal Records (Meat Mead Metal, Brian Krasman, 12.10.18)

  • “…another great example of [the riches of bands we have here in Pittsburgh] are doom instrumental pounders The Long Hunt.”
  • “There isn’t a desert anywhere near here, but you wouldn’t know it when this band is melting your face off (they’re even better live, by the way) with these Earth-y gems.”
  • “Excellent band and record.”

Mindrocket Sessions: The Long Hunt “The Winnowing Hand” (Mindrocket Sessions, Jimmy Martin, 6.1.18)

  • “This is one of the most charismatic songs and performances to be captured at Mindrocket Studio.”

Critic’s Pick: The Long Hunt at Brillobox (Pittsburgh City Paper, Alex Gordon, 12.13.17)

  • “Tonight’s a good night for heavy, dark guitar music at Brillobox. The Long Hunt delivers minimalist, gloomy instrumentals …  It’s gonna be a good one.”

Other Press Links

Local Acts Prepare New Music for 2020 (Tribune Chronicle/Youngstown Vindicator, Gary S. Angelo, 1.2.20)

412nes: The Long Hunt (412nes, Trish Smith, 6.9.19)

Final Weekend of TributeFest brings David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane to Club Cafe (Pittsburgh City Paper, Jordan Snowden, 10.16.18)

Pabstolutely Turns it Up to 11 (Tribune Chronicle, Gary S. Angelo, 8.19.18)

Making Meaning: The Long Hunt on “Cantiga 166: Tower of Set” (Of Music and Mind, 6.8.18)

Start the Beat 173: The Long Hunt (Start the Beat, Brian Howe, 5.31.18)

Start the Beat 124: The Long Hunt (Start the Beat, Brian Howe, 3.14.17)