Haishen (海神; god of the sea) takes after its name; monolithic yet fluid, enigmatic yet omnipresent, swallowing everything in its way.
Guitarist Xuhao and bassist Justin Montione had been writing music together for a while with the intention to start a post-rock band. After experimenting with several larger configurations, they pared down to the classic power trio, recruiting drummer Randy Rowe Jr. in summer 2019. It only took a few rehearsals for them to realize that three people could create a sound as powerful and multifaceted as a group twice their size.
The band’s 2020 self-titled debut EP featured a trio of songs demonstrating the three pillars of their sound: the heavy, the ambient, and the virtuosic – blended together and presented in an accessible, aesthetic manner. In 2021, this EP was newly remixed, remastered and will be released on CD, tape and digital by Needlejuice Records. The band continue to write their story, fearlessly pushing into the uncharted, eyes focused on the horizon.
“Post Metal Prog-Rock at its acme. Bookmark this band, there’s a serious storm brewing and the best is yet to come.” –Floated Magazine
“For a nascent band that has only two live performances under its belt, one in December and another in March, the Rochester trio Haishen has a surprisingly polished and cogent sound on its self-titled, three-song debut. Guitarist [Xuhao], bassist Justin Montione, and drummer Randy Rowe Jr. have created a sprawling post-rock sound that relies heavily on progressive metal aesthetics, as well as slowly unfolding and unpredictable song structures.” -Daniel Kushner, CITY Magazine
“When the band go off on one of their instrumental passages, they really do sound like they are having a blast and are having a load of fun. They lock it in together and really take flight, everyone pushing forward and “Beluga” is a real tour de force. Here is a band I am going to keep a close eye on, as given [sic] they are producing music like this so early in their career, what are they going to come up with next?” -Progressor.net