To celebrate the upcoming release of Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof’s progressive split album ‘Turned To Stone Chapter II: Masamune & Muramasa’ this August 7th on Ripple Music, Sergeant Thunderhoof share a mind-blowing 21-minute long animated movie for the track “Muramasa”. Enter the Japanese swordsmith’s legend now! 

For the second installment of their ‘Turned to Stone’ split 12″ series focusing on unique pairings from across the heavy underground, Ripple Music invited Nashville’s psych metal purveyors HOWLING GIANT and Somerset’s progressive stoner rock unit SERGEANT THUNDERHOOF to deliver two interconnected 20-minute tracks telling the story and face-off of legendary Japanese sword smiths Muramasa and Masamune.

Instead of the typical approach with two bands contributing stand-alone sides of a record, Howling Giant and Sergeant Thunderhoof wanted to write an album that was thematically and sonically cohesive. The result is a 40-minute piece of ambitious songcraft created by two riff-prog legends leaving another impressive mark on the heavy rock landscape. On their end, Howling Giant previously released a snippet from the track “Masamune” at this location. The album artwork was designed by Jane Swettenham.

Watch Sergeant Thunderhoof’s “Muramasa” animated movie HERE
‘Turned To Stone Chapter II: Masamune & Muramasa’ will be issued on August 7th via Ripple Music, and available to preorder on:

– Rare Test Pressing LP
– Magma Edition Galaxy Vinyl LP (black and pink marbling)
– Bedrock Edition Splatter Vinyl LP (green and black splatter)
– Landslide Edition Classic Black Vinyl LP

For this release, Ripple will donate 10% of digital sales to UNCF, an American association empowering more than 60000 Black students to get to and through college each year. Howling Giant will donate 50% of proceeds from their latest round of t-shirts towards Gideon’s Army in Nashville, whose mission statement is to act collectively, boldly and strategically as a unified force for all children, saving them from death and incarceration and guiding them on a secure path to success.

HOWLING GIANT / SERGEANT THUNDERHOOF split album
“Turned to Stone Chapter II: Masamune & Muramasa”
Out August 7th on Ripple Music – European preorder // US preorder