Formed by Johnny Stewart in 2020, Pillars of a Twisted City return with Sentinel, the follow-up to their self-titled debut. The sophomore album still harnesses aspects of black and thrash metal but dives more into post-punk and gothic elements with beautiful atmospheric moments scattered throughout.
Inspired by time spent in the Pacific Northwest, Stewart composed Sentinel in Tofino, Canada, and tracked many of the instruments in an isolated floating studio in Clayoquot Sound. This beautiful backdrop influenced a lot of the sound and direction of the record as Stewart explains, “Thematically the isolation upon the ocean with only eagles, orcas, and meteorites inspired creative sounds. The songs came out naturally with additional influence and inspiration from events around us in the world over the last few years.”
Sentinel also finds Stewart incorporating banjo, accordion, and classical nylon string guitar into his compositions. The recording of these more exotic instruments took place in the aforementioned floating studio, housed in a shipment container entitled Sentinel, thus also serving as the inspiration for the album title.
It was so amazing to have the awesome Johnny on the Interview, Check out on the below interview and don’t forget to get your copy of Sentinel which was out earlier today.