Swarm Of The Lotus

Swarm Of The Lotus

 Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Explosive. Mammoth. Mayhem. The absolutely crushing wall of sound that is SWARM OF THE LOTUS is a force to be reckoned with.


Swarm Of The Lotus formed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1998. After several years of honing their craft on the thriving local metal scene, they secured a deal with underground metal label At A Loss Recordings to release their debut album When White Becomes Black. Their debut LP was released in January of 2004 and was quickly followed up by a 3-song 7” EP on Reptilian Records in the spring of the same year (released as one of a 4-part series of picture disc 7” EPs along with Mastodon, Pig Destroyer, and Agoraphobic Nosebleed that featured the art of fetish photographer Carlos Batts). The band went on their first national tour that spring to support these releases, which included a stop at popular doom metal festival Emissions From The Monolith.

After developing a strong following and receiving a large amount of positive press, the band was able to secure a multiple album deal with Abacus Records, a subsidiary of metal giant Century Media. The band recorded their sophomore album in late 2004 at God City Studios in Salem, Massachusetts with producer Kurt Ballou, guitarist for hardcore legends Converge. The album was released the following year on CD by Abacus Records and on vinyl by Emetic Records and received overwhelmingly positive reviews. The band toured with respected metal and hardcore acts such as All Shall Perish (Nuclear Blast Records), Psyopus (Metal Blade Records), Ion Dissonance (Abacus Records), The Minor Times (Prosthetic Records), and ASG (Volcom Entertainment) throughout the United States to support the album.

SOTL decided to disband in late 2006, with this line up playing it’s final show on November 1st. After a 3-year period of silence, the band’s original line up reformed in late 2009. In 2010, SOTL played Maryland Deathfest 8. In 2011, 3 of the 4 members of SOTL formed a side project called Graven, which recorded its debut EP that same year.


When White Becomes Black LP, 2004 - At A Loss Recordings
Self Titled 7" EP, 2004 - Reptilian Records
The Sirens Of Silence LP, 2005 - Abacus Records (CD), Emetic Records (Vinyl)

For The Sick: A Tribute To Eyehategod, Compilation, 2007 - Emetic Records (SOTL covers Eyehategod's "Blood Money")