Metal Blade News For Behemoth, GWAR, 3, Charred Walls of the Damned, & Glorior Belli
3 has completed work on their new album, The Ghost You Gave to Me. The album was recorded at Applehead Studios (Coheed and Cambria, Morningwood, Straylight Run) in Woodstock, NY. This is the band’s sixth studio album since 1999 and is a massive step forward for the group. The 3 trademarks are intact – many musical peaks and valleys, bright and uplifting chorus’s alongside dark and heavy passages powered by Gartdrumm’s aggressive drumming and the acoustic/electric guitar duo of Joey Eppard and Billy Riker. The Ghost You Gave to Me is 3 at their most inspired.
Following the release of Revisions and after several tours with Porcupine Tree and an epic run on the first Progressive Nation Tour with Dream Theater, Opeth and Between the Buried and Me, 3 returned home brimming with inspiration. Joey Eppard, Billy Riker, Daniel Grimsland and The Gartdrumm immediately began creating demos of ideas that would evolve into The Ghost You Gave to Me. It wasn’t long before the songs took on a life of their own. The band found themselves growing out of the standard rock compositional format into something more cinematic in nature. Joey Eppard adds: “The songs told us where to go and the instrumentation followed. We knew this record would be our most progressive but it would be on our terms, and in our own way. As always songwriting and melody are the driving forces behind the sounds capes we generate. I think the biggest challenge was to rise to the occasion lyrically with so many musical scene changes. What I found was that I had to let go and allow the words and melody to be as creative and original as the music, if not more so. In a progressive situation this can be time consuming and indeed the bulk of my efforts were focused on exceeding my own lyrical standards. For example, “Only Child,” an eight minute epic that traverses a myriad of musical scenes has enough great lyrics for half a record.
Cold Winds on Timeless Days to be released October 11th, 2011
Charred Walls of the Damned returns with the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut! Richard Christy, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio once again join forces to bring to life Christy’s latest body of work, Cold Winds on Timeless Days. The writing process for the new album actually began while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Richard Christy used his experience on the first album to write songs that catered not only to each member’s playing style, but to Jason Suecof’s production style. The result: demos that turned out nearly identical to what ended up on the album.
With 12 songs clocking in at 58 minutes, fans are getting a lot more music this time around. Recording twelve songs in a short amount of time is no easy feat, but one that was accomplished because of the stellar talents in the band. Christy elaborates further; “I wanted to get a natural sound out of this album, I wanted everyone to be well rehearsed, not that I wanted the album to be rushed, but I wanted the spontaneous live feel and not over think anything too much.” Richard Christy describes Cold Winds on Timeless Days as a “perfect storm of producing” – Audiohammer’s Jason Suecof produced and Mark Lewis mixed, while mastering was handled by Alan Douches at West Westside.
Revolvermag.com, who posted a video teaser for GLORIOR BELLI’s upcoming The Great Southern Darkness full-length earlier this week, is currently hosting the band’s brand new “They Call Me Black Devil” video.
To check it out, click HERE.
Commented vocalist/guitarist Julien: “‘They Call Me Black Devil’ might strike one as a modest video clip and it is in fact very humble in accordance to the very essence of blues music. Yet it was done with some amusement, which is pretty unusual for a so-called black metal band. The ‘Red Fang’ allusion is a good example of how we can practice self-derision but if you pay attention to details you’ll realize that they call me black devil for a reason. More importantly, just enjoy the fucking song as it is one more glimpse of things to come with our new record.”
Don’t forget to check out the track “Secret Ride To Rebellion” at the band’s official landing page, where you will also find pre-order details, HERE.
Behemoth and Grupa 13’s latest creative vision will be for the song, Lucifer. The song is the final track on Evangelion and clocks in at over eight minutes long and is one of the most atmospheric and foreboding songs in Behemoth’s vast catalogue. The video was shot in Wroclaw, Poland and stars the song’s guest vocalist, Maciej Malenczuk. The video is currently being edited and will see a worldwide premiere in September. Behemoth set the bar high with their last video, which was also a Grupa 13 collaboration, Alas, Lord is Upon Me.
Behemoth front man, Nergal, comments: “It’s crazy. The making of video is 10 minutes long and you watch it like it was 3 minutes… it’s so intense and still, doesn’t look like anything we’ve done before! “Lucifer” was a huge artistic challenge and I managed to create a VERY unique atmosphere. Watch and enjoy while waiting for the final result. The video’s gonna fuckin’ slay!”
FAN-FUNDED EPISODE SET TO DEBUT AT GWAR’S EPIC CRACK-A-THON, SEPTEMBER 2nd AND 3rd AT 8:00 PM and 11:00 PM, AT THE MF GALLERY IN BROOKLYN, N.Y.
Say hello to the Blood Vomits (from left to right, Nails, Mad Dog, and the Vicar),yet another side project from the minds behind GWAR, the X-Cops, Slave Pit Funnies and much, much more!
MF GALLERY WILL HAVE A SPECIAL SLAVE PIT ART SHOW TO GO ALONG WITH ALL THE CRACK-A-THON FESTIVITIES! GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
Oderus and some of the stars from last year’s show (from left to right, Chippy the Chippopautamus, Balsac, the Jaws of Death, MecronOs, Oderus Urungus, and Necrotika) “With the exception of Balsac, I told them all the wrong dates,” said Oderus, “but I am sure that they will show up anyway!”
Drawing by Frank Russo
In news sure to titillate all of the surface-dwellers that contributed to Slave Pit’s first venture into the world of “Kickstarter” crowd-funding, Slave Pit today announced the completion of the “Blood Vomits—A Very Good Man”, and scheduled the animated short to debut on GWAR lead singer’s Oderus’ upcoming Crack-a-Thon, his annual web-based fund-losing drive, which is slated to occur September. 2nd and 3rd at the MF Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
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