Old Man Gloom

Old Man Gloom

Originally formed in New Mexico by guitarist/vocalist Aaron Turner (Isis) and drummer Santos Montano, the Massachusetts-based group Old Man Gloom has since expanded into a sort of supergroup among the Boston hardcore/metalcore scene. By the time of their first album, Meditations in B, the lineup had expanded to include Converge bassist Nate Newton (guitar, vocals) and Cave-In's Caleb Scofield (bass, vocals). More of a recording project than an actual band -- they rarely play live, partly due to scheduling conflicts -- Old Man Gloom plays a mix of heavy hardcore/metalcore songs and quieter electronic/ambient drones, at times juxtaposing these two elements, while at others blending them together in the same space. Their lyrics and packaging make repeated references to primates -- apes, chimpanzees, etc. -- and also to science, research, and (de-)evolution (among their song titles are "An Evening at the Gentleman's Club for Apes" and "Test Result: Alien Ape Distress Signal"); the band also sometimes refers to itself as "the OMG Institute." These references tend to be pretty cryptic, and if anything, seem to reveal that there is a sense of humor behind the group's intense, doom-laden sound exterior.

Meditations in B came out in 2000 on Turner's Tortuga Records imprint, a subsidiary of the larger Hydrahead label, which he also runs. It was followed a year later by two simultaneously released CDs, Seminar II and Seminar III. A fifth member, Luke Scarola (electronics), came on board for the latter two records, and Seminar II also featured contributions from fellow Boston locals Steve Brodsky of Cave-In, who wrote lyrics for one song, and Agnostronic Blunt (aka Jay Randall of the grindcore band Agoraphobic Nosebleed) on electronics, further expanding the all-star cast.

Old Man Gloom Discography


TR007 Old Man Gloom Meditations In B (Album) Tortuga Recordings TR007 US 2000 Sell This Version
TR-014 Old Man Gloom Seminar III: Zozobra (Album) Tortuga Recordings TR-014 US 2001 Sell This Version
TR-013 Old Man Gloom Seminar II: The Holy Rites Of Primitivism Regressionism (Album) Tortuga Recordings TR-013 US 2001 Sell This Version
TR023 Old Man Gloom Christmas (Album, MiniAlbum) Tortuga Recordings TR023 US 2004 Sell This Version
TR027 Old Man Gloom Christmas Eve I & II + 6 + Live In NYC (Album) Tortuga Recordings TR027 US 2005 Sell This Version
HH666-235 Old Man Gloom No (Album) Hydra Head Records HH666-235 US 2012 Sell This Version
none Old Man Gloom The Ape Of God (Album) Profound Lore Records none Canada 2014 Sell This Version
SIGE 033 Old Man Gloom The Ape Of God (Album) Profound Lore Records SIGE 033 US 2014 Sell This Version
KRYPT-085 Old Man Gloom Mickey Rookey Live At London (Album) Ektro Records KRYPT-085 Finland 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TR-027, TR027 Old Man Gloom Christmas Eve I & II + 6 (EP) Trust No One Recordings, Trust No One Recordings TR-027, TR027 US 2003 Sell This Version


Trustno 16, TR-014 Old Man Gloom Seminar III: Zozobra + Meditations In B (Album) Trust No One Recordings, Tortuga Recordings Trustno 16, TR-014 Sweden 2002 Sell This Version
SIGE033 + SIGE034, SIGE033+SIGE034 Old Man Gloom The Ape Of God(Cass, Album, Num + Cass, Album, Num + DVD-V + Box,) SIGE, SIGE SIGE033 + SIGE034, SIGE033+SIGE034 US 2015 Sell This Version


none Old Man Gloom Euro Friends(CDr, Ltd, Num) Tortuga Recordings none 2002 Sell This Version