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Aerial Ruin Bio

Aerial Ruin, based in Portland, Oregon is the primarily acoustic solo project of Erik Moggridge whose “richly evocative dark folk style makes for a head-in-hand listening experience. Yes it’s dark and minimal, evoking solitude and loneliness but also magic and mesmerizing, soothing and restorative”.* Moggridge also serves as a regular guest vocalist/collaborator with Seattle’s doom duo Bell Witch, performing and recording on select songs and occasions.

Aerial Ruin, whose “soothing acoustic folk often sounds like a sun-dappled blend of Agalloch, Nechowen and Pink Floyd”** has just unveiled the new album “Nameless Sun” as of September 8, 2017. The self-released full-length explores otherworldly terrain where loss and mourning give way to the vast distances of interstellar space while personal esoteric reflection is eclipsed by the violence of stellar nuclear fusion.

Upon the release of the new album Aerial Ruin begins a lengthy US tour preceded by an appearance at Shadow Woods Metal Fest in White Hall, Maryland September 14-17. The tour then begins in Portland on the Autumnal Equinox and weaves from coast to coast through most regions of the country with dates spanning till at least late November. This continues Aerial Ruin’s dedication to constant DIY touring since 2014 in both the US and Europe while self-releasing albums in multiple formats.

The new album “Nameless Sun” was recorded by Lot 3 Audio in Portland, OR in a series of sessions between October 2016 and April 2017. During this same period Moggridge contributed vocals to the forthcoming Bell Witch album “Mirror Reaper”

Before Aerial Ruin Moggridge had an active past in the metal scene beginning with the bay area thrash/death metal band Epidemic. After garnering much attention from their demos in the pre-internet underground fanzine/tape-trading scene Epidemic released two albums on Metal Blade in the early-mid nineties. Later Moggridge went on to form Old Grandad with Will Carroll (Death Angel) and Max Barnett (ex-Hammers of Misfortune). The trio a gained a sizable cult following in San Francisco in the mid-late nineties and and into the 21st century.

With exciting many prospects on the horizon Aerial Ruin will continue to record and tour throughout 2017, 2018 and beyond...

* Vanessa Salvia, Invisible Oranges
** Kim Kelly, Noisey/Vice


Nameless Sun (September, 2017 full length - self released)
Igen (digital single April, 2016)
Ash of your Cares (April, 2015 full length) - self-released LP/CD/Digital, limited cassette by Belief Mower Records
Aerial Ruin/Stevie Floyd split/collaboration LP feat. Wrest (August 2013 full -length, vinyl/digital) - Devout Records/self-release
Valleys of the Earth (March, 2011 full length, cd) - Vendlus Records
133 306 668 (2005 cassette, ep-cdr) reissued on cassette by Belief Mower Records in 2014

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