Linkin Park Vocalist Commits Suicide

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington hanged himself at a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates in L.A. County. His body was discovered Thursday just before 9 AM.

Chester was married with 6 children from 2 wives. The Linkin Park singer struggled with drugs and alcohol for years. He had said in the past he had considered committing suicide because he had been abused as a child by an older male.  via TMZ

EYEHATEGOD Announces Left To Starve Summer Tour.

EYEHATEGOD will kick off a thirty-nine-date US mega tour next month. The Left To Starve summer takeover will commence on August 1st, run through September 13th, and includes performances with Capitalist Casualties, Phobia, Primitive Man, Negative Approach, Antiseen, Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer, The Obsessed, and Mountain Of Wizard on select dates! The journey also marks frontman Mike IX Williams’ lengthiest tour since undergoing liver transplant surgery this past December.
Comments IX Williams, “This band, for better or worse, has endured a mind-numbing and brain-expanding thirty years of making some of the most criminally riff filled and abhorrent sounds ever heard on the planet earth. No middle ground; EYEHATEGOD is either wonderfully loved or instinctively hated. Predicting the future accidentally and preaching the end time message, see the band LIVE now before something else bad happens…”
EYEHATEGOD – Left To Starve Summer Tour:
8/01/2017 Boozers – Corpus Christi, TX
8/02/2017 Lowbrow – El Paso, TX
8/03/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/04/2017 Dive Bar – Las Vegas, NV w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/05/2017 Los Globos – Los Angeles, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties, Phobia
8/06/2017 Blue Lamp – Sacramento, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/07/2017 Elbow Room – San Francisco, CA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/08/2017 Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/09/2017 El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Capitalist Casualties
8/11/2017 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO w/ Primitive Man
8/12/2017 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ Primitive Man
8/13/2017 Korova – San Antonio, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/14/2017 Trees – Dallas, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/15/2017 89th Street – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Negative Approach
8/16/2017 The Gig – Beaumont, TX w/ Negative Approach
8/18/2017 South Port – New Orleans, LA w/ Negative Approach
8/19/2017 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC w/ Antiseen, Negative Approach
8/20/2017 The Muse – Wilmington, NC w/ Negative Approach
8/21/2017 The Earl – Atlanta, GA w/ Negative Approach
8/22/2017 Broadberry – Richmond, VA w/ Negative Approach
8/24/2017 Middle East – Boston, MA w/ Cro-Mags
8/25/2017 Montage – Rochester, NY w/ Cro-Mags
8/26/2017 Cafe 611 – Frederick, MD w/ Cro-Mags, Pig Destroyer
8/27/2017 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Cro-Mags
8/28/2017 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA w/ Cro-Mags
8/30/2017 Mexicali – Teaneck, NJ w/ Cro-Mags
8/31/2017 Outpost – Kent, OH w/ Cro-Mags
9/01/2017 Spirit Hall – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Cro-Mags
9/02/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/03/2017 Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/04/2017 Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN w/ Cro-Mags
9/05/2017 Rock Island Brewing – Rock Island, IL w/ Cro-Mags
9/06/2017 Club El – Detroit, MI w/ Cro-Mags
9/08/2017 Ace Of Cups – Columbus, OH w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/09/2017 The Pinch – Washington, DC w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/10/2017 Golden Pony – Harrionsburg, VA w/ The Obsessed, Mountain Of Wizard
9/11/2017 Ziggys – Chattanooga, TN w/ Mountain Of Wizard
9/12/2017 Sidetracks – Huntsville, AL w/ Mountain Of Wizard
9/13/2017 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL w/ Mountain Of Wizard
EYEHATEGOD continues to deafen the masses in support of their self-titled LP which dropped in 2014 via Housecore Records, breaking the band’s decade-and-a-half gap since their prior full-length and marking the most successful release of the band’s storied history. Consequence Of Sound called the record, “…their most entertaining release since 1996’s Dopesick… urgent and raw, as if the band hasn’t aged a day,” Pitchfork gushed, “they’ve come out swinging, armed with yet another of their often-renewed leases on life and still spoiling for a fight. That EyeHateGod exists at all is a miracle in and of itself, but the fact that it is so damn great is simply extraordinary.” Added Metal Injection, “in terms of consistency and sheer ‘fuck yeah!’-ness. this is right up there in that first tier of must have EYEHATEGOD platters. Welcome back, boys. You earned it.”
In related news, EYEHATEGOD‘s Take As Needed For Pain full-length (1993) recently earned the #92 spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums Of All Time list, the esteemed publication noting, “Standouts, such as ‘Blank’ and the title track hammer the listener with turbulent riffs before downshifting into heaving swing rhythms that drive home the band’s fluency in the funkier aspects of NOLA’s musical culture. ‘Sister Fucker (Pt. 1),’ meanwhile, marries vile imagery with hip-shaking boogie rock. The band found the perfect foil in engineer Robinson Mills, whose warm, no-frills tones complemented Williams’ acrid screech, the menacing swells of feedback on tracks like “30$ Bag” and unsettling police-scanner-inspired noise piece ‘Disturbance.’
The band will be celebrating their thirtieth anniversary next year. Stay tuned for special releases to be announced in the future. In the meantime, orders for EyeHateGod in North America can be placed via Housecore Records HERE. Additionally, the official For The Sick Benefit poster and benefit T-shirt are still available for purchase at Indie Merch HERE.

Bay Area Horde Acephalix Featuring Vastum, Necrot And Depressor Members To Issue Decreation LP

California death metal horde Acephalix – featuring members of Vastum, Necrot, Depressor, and more – has completed their third LP, and is preparing to unleash Decreation upon the public masses in September. New label home 20 Buck Spin has unloaded a YouTube stream of the album’s pummeling second track, “Suffer (Life In Fragments),” along with early pre orders for the record.
The rotten corpse of Acephalix, the Bay Area’s beast of barbarism, has been re-animated. Abnormally deceased since the band’s Southern Lord debut, Deathless Master, the crushing return of Decreation leaves no bone unbroken and no skull intact, the album was recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Vastum, Necrot, Ghoul), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Obituary, Black Breath), and completed with artwork by Adam Burke (Occultation, Loss, Gatecreeper, Artificial Brain).
Foul American death metal maggotry eating back to life coagulated remains of hardcore’s guts. Opener “Upon This Altar” rages with d-beat ferocity morphing into a slithering puzzle of pierced flesh. Primitive savagery pervades on “Suffer (Life In Fragments)” through to the cro-magnon battering of “Excremental Offerings.” All the while an obscure weirdness that characterized the idiosyncratic deformities of certain Cannibal Corpse, Nocturnus, and Death moments arises out of the Acephalix tomb.

Rob “The Baron” Miller of Tau Cross Interviewed

Tau Cross, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective featuring Amebix bassist/frontman Rob “The Baron” Miller, Voivod drummer Michel “Away” Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits Misery and War // Plague, has announced their second full-length album, Pillar Of Fire, due out July 21st on CD,2xLP, and digital formats via Relapse Records.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

Rob “The Baron” Miller: When i was a child in the 70’s I listened to John Peel on Radio One, he was a hero to my generation as he introduced us to such a wide variety of music in the hey day of Punk Rock and New Wave. Our first drummer Martin had a Black Sabbath album and that was really my introduction to metal, I couldn’t stand Status Quo or most of the other old bands, but began to collect Iron Maiden and then of course Metallica.

How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?

I have never been a proficient musician, I cannot play well or write well, my approach has always been more intuitive, making sounds that feel a certain way.

Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways? Have you been to any OTO ceremonies or satanic rituals?

We had a very Pagan leaning family, my father in particular, so we were encouraged to stay out of Church and to find our own truths. I have not been into OTO, although there was a period in my life here on Isle Of Skye where i did get involved with a group of Kabbalists, which entailed some interesting sojourns into the Wilderness.

What was the local scene in like in the beginning , was there a particular bands you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

In Devon where i grew up there were a few kind of New Wave bands, we were always the snot nosed punks though, I started to write a column for a local newspaper which allowed me to visit the nearest city, Plymouth, and report on shows that were happening there, SLF, Crass, Cockney Rejects etc etc that introduced me to good live bands.

Who are your biggest musical influences besides Amebix and UK punk? How familiar are you with Roy Orbison and Engelbert Humperdinck?

Yes, Roy Orbison’s “Drove all Night”..to make lure to you….The Dinck was a nightmare from my youth too. Musically I love Sabbath, Killing Joke, Accept and Mercyful Fate as my primary influences i would say.

How would you best describe your sound?

Cthonic, earthy, mythical and mystical.

How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How many other musicians did you try out that didn’t make the cut? How stable is the current lineup?

I tried to find people to make this band for around a year with no success at all, no one wanted to get involved until Andy and Jon came on board with Away and then we had the right people, I would have taken a busker off the street at one point just to get it going but even a local guy here was ‘too busy.’

Your new record Pillar Of Fire has already leaked and physically comes out this month via Relapse Records. What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome to get it out? Will it be available on cassette or vinyl? Is it true that the record contract with Relapse is the size of a phone book?

Relapse usually ask for a small panel of skin from each member of the band, I hear they stitch it all into a giant ‘Rock Quilt’ every few years, which are on display in their gigantic high rise offices. I do hope the LP will be available on cassette for the people who leaked it only, total twats in my books.

Do you have cover songs in your repertoire? Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly?  Did you record any cover songs for bonus tracks?

No, never learned to play anyone else’s stuff, my old car has a cassette player, and i still have a few old sticky stretchy tapes from way back, cassettes are silly but amusing too, like a Trike, the worst of all worlds.

What other bands are you guys in?

Away is in about 5 bands at present. Andy is in War//Plague, Jon and Tom have both given up lucrative careers in misery and frustration respectively to pursue this particular Albatross.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once in different or the same formats?

My first album was 20 Fantastic Original Hits, it featured Joe Cocker, The Move, T Rex and Procol Harum. I did buy that again a few years back. Procol Harum are still a huge haunting influence on my music after all these years, lyrical brilliance and some great atmosphere.

Do you follow President Trump on Twitter?

I follow President Twat on Twumper, doesn’t everyone?

Out of all your songs which one gets you excited the most when you perform it? Are there any political, sexual or social issues hidden in Tau Cross songs?

There are plenty of all of those. I don’t achieve full tumescence on stage despite the sleazy undertones of songs such as “Hangmans Hyll”, but who knows?

Does the current political climate here in America amuse you or scare you?

I think it is amusing, watching the last days of the American Empire, a great Country reduced to being a bully and terrorist against the rest of the World, going out with a fizz rather than a bang really. It amuses me to see your obsession with identity politics and neo liberal sentiments, pure Roman decadence.

What gear are you currently using, amps, effects, guitars?

Fuck knows, I just shout into a metal tube.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate.

I don’t know about that. Most bands are probably assholes to tour with day in day out. I have interrogated Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) on a couple of occasions, I do like a decent chinwag with interesting people.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

Killing Yourself to Live – Black Sabbath

Mob Rules-Black Sabbath
Restless and Wild- Accept
The Ghost of Tom Joad- Bruce Springsteen

Whats your next gig?

Touring Scandinavia and some of Europe in August, should be a wizard wheeze.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

What do you call the useless flap of skin attached to the end of a penis? A man.   (boom,tishhh)

 

 

Aftershock Spotlight: Nothing More Premiere Video – Go To War

Nothing More premiere the official music video for their new single, “Go To War” today via Monster Energy Aftershock. Directed by Wayne Isham, the video evokes the burning aggression of the track’s lyrics through a passionate bar fight between lovers. Watch it on the festival’s site aftershockfestival.

Directed by Wayne Isham (Metallca, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Pink Floyd, Def Leppard) , the video evokes the burning aggression of the track’s lyrics through a passionate bar fight between lovers.

Clay Busch, Vice President of Marketing – Danny Wimmer Presents

I remember being invited to The Roxy because I ‘had to’ see this band from Texas many years ago. They were the first of 5. I had no expectations. And I was blown away. I immediately came back to the office and told the team this is a band that the company needs to get behind. They had their breakthrough moment at Monster Energy Aftershock 2013 and it’s only fitting to premiere ‘Go To War’ from their upcoming sophomore release together.”

Jonny Hawkins of Nothing More commented:

“There’s no such thing as overnight success but there are defining moments. For us, that moment was Aftershock 2013. I can still feel my feet boiling from the sun-drenched, black stage. I still remember my heart pounding from the energy of the crowd. We were given a shot to prove ourselves in front of every label rep from the west coast as well as many bands on the festival. Sink or swim.”

‘Go To War’ is the lead single from the new Nothing More album The Stories We Tell Ourselves, set for release September 15 via Better Noise Records.

Nothing More will perform at the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, California on Saturday, October 21. For more information and tour dates for the band, visit:http://nothingmore.net/. For information on Monster Energy Aftershock, visit:www.aftershockconcert.com.

Jackie Chambers of Syteria and Girlschool Talks New Music, Numbers and Lemmy

UK rockers Syteria, featuring Jackie Chambers of Girlschool and previously Blitzkrieg, released a brand new music video for the track “I’m All Woman”, from the debut album ‘Rant-O-Bot’, due out on May 30th 2017. The new album is available on all digital platforms and can be ordered on CD directly from the Syteria’s official website. Iron Serbian recently spoke on the phone with Jackie at an undisclosed location deep in the heart of somewhere secret.

So let’s see here.  Let’s start this interview.  Are you ready for me?

JACKIE:  All ready.

Let me find out.  Okay.  This is Iron Serbian with Capital Chaos TV and we have Jax Chambers of Syteria on the phone.  How are you?

JACKIE:  I’m very well.  Thank you.  Same to you.

And where am I — where are we talking to you from?  Where are you?

JACKIE:  I live in Leeds in Yorkshire.

Really?  Wow.

JACKIE:  Yeah.  Leeds United.  Everybody knows Leeds United is the football team.

 I used to live in Silsden.  I don’t know if you’re familiar with that little village.  It’s near Keighley.

JACKIE:  Okay.  Yes.  It’s very close to here.

 I’m a Yorkshire lad and you are a Yorkshire lass.

JACKIE:  Absolutely.  There you go.

How did you first get into music or rock and roll in particular?

JACKIE:  I think music is in your soul.  It’s in your blood.  So when I was at school — well, I grew up in the punk era so I liked the punk rock scene when I was 13.  But I loved all that stuff.  And then I picked up a guitar when I was 17.  I just wanted to write music but I didn’t actually want to be in a band really.  I wanted to just write songs.  But then I ended up being in a band and I’ve never looked back since.  I’ve kind of always wanted to do something but, yeah, I wanted to do more writing but, yeah, a little bit.

Are you a self-taught or did you go to some sort of school?

JACKIE:  No.  No.  So I just picked it up when I was 17.  My brother had a bass guitar.  I got a guitar.  And we just learned together.  We just sort of played and then started a punk band.  I mean you didn’t really need to be able to play to play two or three chords back then.  It was great fun.

Do you remember what the first riffs you ever learned was?

JACKIE:  The very first song I ever learned was Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie.

Ah, that’s a good —

JACKIE:  Yeah.

That’s a great song.

JACKIE:  Yeah.  It was first riff I ever learned.  I remember that.  A good little riff.  Wish I’d written that one.  That’s the kind of riff I wish I had written.

How were you — when I lived in England, there wasn’t really much of a radio like there is here in America.  How did you get exposed to it?

JACKIE:  Well, I guess there is — there is radio.  You know, Radio 1.  The usual things but so — so really.  We used to get like John Peel.  I used to listen to John Peel and remember him?

Yeah.  Absolutely.

JACKIE:  The John Peel show because he always used to break new bands and so a band I was in called Flowers For Agatha at the time, they got broken on John Peel and, yeah, it’s just — I suppose there were a lot of music programs then.  There was Top of Pops, the Chew, Old Gray Whistle Test.  Lots of things on television that get bands exposure.

And what was the local scene in your area in the beginning for you?  What was your favorite local bands back then?

JACKIE:  Well, Leeds has really got a lot of bands.  I mean when I was growing up, I was lucky because the local scene was amazing.  There seemed to gigs on every night and I was pretty much out every night at a gig.  But I come from a town where like Sisters of Mercy and the Southern Death Cult, who became the Cult, came from.  You know, they came from Bradford.  They were based in Bradford.  All the band, they were all up and coming — well, Sisters of Mercy, New Model Army, Southern Death Cult, all those kind of bands, used to play a lot.  There were a lot of pubs.  A lot of clubs.  A lot of events here.  And I used to go to festivals all the time.  I just jumped in a cab with a friend and we’d just go up there on weekends to see bands.  Just spontaneous.  Oh, let’s see who is playing.  That’s what we used to do back then.  

And do you have any current favorites that are new or you’re sort of like most people, sort of a certain era and that’s where you’ve stopped?

JACKIE:  No, not at all.  I like things.  What would I like now?  The last album I think I bought was Lower Than Atlantis.  I think that’s the last album I bought.  I love Fall Out Boy.  I love things like that.  Sort of more modern stuff.  Yeah.  I love it.  I love Paramore.  And I still stay loyal to Alice Cooper.  I still love Alice Cooper.  Rammstein.  Things like that.  So I’ve got quite the mix really.  I buy songs because I like the songs.  I don’t really say I follow one band and that’s it.  Now last month I think I went to about four or five gigs.  I went to see Stiff Little Fingers, the Ruts, the Damned, the Stranglers — yeah, just love the band.  

It’s great to see — I suppose you call them Geezers still.  There’s no really — no real point to just stop because it’s hard to go up the stairs.

JACKIE:  Most bands — so given — and then they got back together.  I mean I was in Girl School.  I’ve been — I’ve been in it for 18 years — 18 ½ years.  They got to be 40 years and they’ve never broken up.  But there’s a lot of bands that have broken up and come back together for the nostalgia thing.  You know, the tours and everything.  But it’s great to see everybody outright.  It’s just good that people are still enjoying going to see a gig.  They’re always packed.  You know, these big festivals they do abroad.  They do a lot in Germany.  Brilliant.  It’s like here I’ve got a few festivals this year, too, which is brilliant.  Heaven and Hell this year and Wild Fire, Breaking Bands this weekend — next weekend.  So, yeah, there’s quite here — what’s it called, Heaven and Hell.  Murder — Murder festival popping up everywhere now.

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And is Girlschool on a bit of a break?  What’s going on with Girlschool?

JACKIE:  We don’t have as many gigs as I want which is one of the reasons why I started Syteria in the first place because Girlschool could have been going 40 years.  We’ll do like lots of festivals and then obviously we do a tour like with Motörhead or Saxon at the end of the year.  Tends to be November and December we’ve been on tour with Saxon and the last two or three years.  But, yeah, we do gigs.  We don’t give up.  We went to America last year.  And then the Motörhead tour.  Then last year back from tour.  So next year is our 40th anniversary so we’ll be doing something to match that, I’m sure.

Were you good friends with Lemmy from Motörhead at all?

JACKIE:  Indeed.  Yeah.  Yeah.  We were there on the last tour when he unfortunately passed.  Yeah.  We did half the tour.  It was like October to December.  Then we broke for Christmas and we were supposed to go back in January but unfortunately he passed at that time so never got to see him after that.  But he was in great spirits when we left him.  He was quite ill but, you know, he was still fun.  He was still joking and laughing and having a good time playing his rock and roll.

He was a very prolific character.

JACKIE:  Yeah.

I would say he was — would you say he was your typical Brit?

JACKIE:  Yes, I probably would.  Yes.  Yes.  He had a good sense of humor.  Really good sense of humor.  In fact every time he saw me he always took the mickey out.  I don’t know why you can take the mickey out .  We used to do the Four Yorksiremen sketch quite a lot.  Hey, Jackie.

I guess it would be the difference between a Californian and somebody from the Bible Belt here in America.

JACKIE:  That’s right.  Yeah.  That’s about right.  Yeah.  I sort of lived down there for a couple years in Long Beach.

Oh, wow.

JACKIE:  Yeah.  Nice break.

What brought you out here to live?

JACKIE:  Wanted to see the sun shine.  You know?  I used to go there and come back.  (Unintelligible) be out there for three months or 90-days, then come back and we used to do some gigs and go out again and do some gigs, come back and (unintelligible).  

And you have a new album with your group.  It’s available online.

JACKIE:  Uh-huh.

Is that right?  It’s a digital only sale?

JACKIE:  Yes.  It’s a digital — we’re releasing it digitally May the 30th but we do have physical copies, as well, which we’re going to just have a distribution deal for — probably in June.  We’re looking at a couple of options now.  We’ve been offered a couple of deals so we’re just looking for the right one.  Because obviously you can do this stuff yourself now.  You know?  It’s just (unintelligible).  But we’ve actually got some physical copies for sale right now, which people (unintelligible).  In fact they arrived yesterday.

And it looks like you have a bunch of political themes on the songs on the new album with Sheeple and New World Order and even I’m All Woman could be considered to be somewhat political.

JACKIE:  Yeah.  I guess that’s me.  I rant a lot that is kind of where the title came from.  I tend to have rants here, there and everywhere about the state of the world because there’s so much going on.  I mean you can hardly call this a happy planet right now.  There’s so much going on I just — I think New World Order, the song New World Order, just makes everything into one song at that point.  I actually wrote that for — I played with Blitzkrieg.  I don’t remember if you remember Blitzkrieg.

Of course.

JACKIE:  Blitzkrieg punk band from the 80s.

Of course.

JACKIE:  I played with them a few years in between Girlschool gigs.  I wrote that for Blitzkrieg, so we did that a couple of years in Blitzkrieg but then I sort of rehashed it and I did it with Syteria this album.

And you have a new music video.  How fun is it making music videos?

JACKIE:  Well, that one was real easy because it was done in Sheffield in South Yorkshire.  Julian Pablo, they brought me there.  And they have this event every year called Two Weeks to Make It which they have a film school in Sheffield University and they have a competition for filmmakers.  So they have 21 filmmakers so they needed 21 bands.  So we just brought our music for them (unintelligible).  So you basically get a free video.  So they make the videos.  It’s about them really so we came up with the concept and we were actually doing gigs at the time with Syteria so we couldn’t even be at the meeting so we had to just send him ideas on email.  They put their ideas with our ideas and they filmed while we weren’t even around.  And then we just turned up for a day and did all our things in a few hours and then they just put it together.  So, yeah, it was easy to do this time.  We just had a few hours messing about in a bar.

I know in Canada the government there is very socialist county and if you’re an artist or a band or whatnot, you can apply and get money from the government there towards your thing, is it —

JACKIE:  Yeah.

Is it supportive like that in your country?

JACKIE:  There is some kind of grant but it’s not very — it’s not very easy to get.  You got to jump through the hoops to get to it.  Let’s face it.  I probably won’t be able to get it.  I think it’s for younger people just getting started.  So but the thing here, I don’t really — do you do it there but pledge campaign.  You know the pledge campaign?  It’s picking up speed now that one.  But we did that one on our first EP.  When we first got together last year we did an EP and we decided to do a pledge campaign for that.  I mean it works out really well because you have complete control then you decide what you want, what you give.  You know, and it’s great because you meet people like that.  You get loyal people.  Really nice people, you get to be friends with them, I mean I’ve met loads of them pledges. You get clothing.  You get personal items.  It’s kind of fun.  Kind of fun doing it.

And they get to invest in you.

JACKIE:  Yes, that’s right.  Yes.  They’re kind of going in on the ground — the ground running, as it were.  They start off and they help you before you’ve even got to record.  So they’ll say I’ll buy one album and one t-shirt.  Then they send you the money and pledge.  You get their money and you buy the things up front and then when the album comes out, you send it to them first so they got theirs in March.  So they got — they download them.  We’ve had a few problems getting the vinyls sorted out this time because it seems we’re a little backlogged about vinyls.  So there’s only a few factories around doing them anymore.

Right.  Right.  And the Sacred Solfeggio scale, did I say that right?

JACKIE:  Solfeggio — solfeggio scale.  I’ve not heard of that one.

It enhances the spiritual experience of the notes.  Is that right?

JACKIE:  Well, it’s funny.  I’ve been into that sort of thing for about, I don’t know, seven or eight years now.  I’ve been looking into all that.  And it’s like, you know, 440s is what we tune to.  Our tune up when a guitar is tuned, it tunes to 440 frequency.  But that is actually not in balance with us.  Have you heard — you know of Nikola Tesla, the scientist?

Absolutely.

JACKIE:  He talks about if only the people knew the power of 3, 6’s  and 9’s because most are ancient geometry.  Everything is on 3, 6 and 9.  You look at 12.  And you’ve got triangles.  You got 45 degrees.  360.  It all adds up to either 3, 6 or 9.  And the more you do it you think, oh, my goodness it true.  And you start looking at everything in that way.  I mean number 39 for that reason.  I got so into it years ago.  And I was looking into the frequencies of 4, 3, 2.  Sounds much nicer that 440.  It’s like it adds up to 9.  4, 7, 9.  Could have done 4, 4, 4, but we went the other way because it sounds better lower. 528 is like the healing frequency for DNA.  That sort of thing.  If you look into it then it’s very involved.  You could go on for hours looking on videos about it.  But we’re sort of out of whack  at 440.

Numerology and theory.

JACKIE:  Uh-huh.  Yeah.  But you look at — you just look into it.  You look into 3, 6’s and 9 of Tesla.  I mean Tesla wasn’t — he was a scientist.  On 3, 6’s and 9’s and you’ll soon find your conclusion but there’s a lot to it.  A real lot to it.  I mean I just touched on it a little bit there but there is a lot to 3, 6’s and 9’s.  The more you look at it, the more you see.  Nine months pregnancy.  You know, 12 years — 12 months in a year.  It’s just amazing.  It all adds up to 3, 6 or 9.

Let’s not forget the number of the beast.

JACKIE:  Exactly.  666.  And there’s a lot of — a lot of theories about that one, too.   used to hide the — yeah, Galileo, people were saying the world was flat.  People who dared to say it was round were going to get threatened with death.  So they started to hide all they could and they started to hide all this ancient knowledge and they hid it in plain sight.  So like I mean if you take the bible, for instance, there’s a lot of things in there that probably won’t make sense to most people.  What are you talking about?  It’s like coded.  It’s like codes in there.  I don’t think 666 is supposed to be devil.  It’s like it made out that way because it’s a scared number, 666.   (Unintelligible).  There’s lots of different things about 666 if you look online..  You can find a lot of information about that.  Very interesting.  

And disinformation.

JACKIE:  A lot of disinformation.  Yes, indeed.  Who knows what’s true and who knows what isn’t.  We just don’t know these days.  But it just feels like the 3, 6, 9 and the 4, 3, 2 hz, when I play the song, I feel it.  It’s different.  I just feel it’s different.

And do you read music reviews or concert reviews or do you frequent any of the metal gossip sites to find out who did what and who said what about who and, you know —

JACKIE:  I don’t get involved with that gossip but I do like to read — I mean I’ve read a few of our reviews on that album.  We’ve had some good reviews so far.   And, yeah, gossip.  I’m not really about gossip.  Who said, he said, what she said.  Not involved in all that.

 

So you have some dates coming up.  Summer is coming up and the record is about to come out. So are you going full court, right?

JACKIE:  Yeah.  We’ve got quite a few festivals this year which is fantastic.  We’re doing Breaking Bounds next weekend, which is a sold out festival here in Britain for new and up and coming bands.  Which is great.  Wild Fire. Heaven and Hell.  Quite a few actually.  I’m trying to think what else we’re — there’s a few festivals coming up.  They’re on our website, as well. We’ve done a few already with the Giants of Rock earlier this year.  We’ve already done quite a few gigs in London and around the UK so we’ve had quite a good year so far.  Been a busy year so far.

 

Cormorant Debuts”The Devourer”, Diaspora Release Day Looms

As Diaspora, the imminent new full-length from progressive blackened death collective Cormorant, draws closer to release, today the band offers up “The Devourer” for mass consumption courtesy of a dual premiere between BrooklynMegan and Invisible Uranges.

Issues the band of the latest single, “‘The Devourer’ is the shortest song on the record, but it probably has the highest concentration of riffs and musical expressions, with lots of twists and turns that are reflected in the narrative. Tying into the overarching themes of migration and human arrogance, this song tells a story about defying the passage of the soul. [Bassist/vocalist] Marcus [Luscombe] wrote the lyrics based on the Egyptian mythology of Ammit, a funerary deity who consumes the impure in the afterlife. In an attempt to outsmart his doomed fate, the protagonist endeavors to flee Ammit in the underworld in an act of defiance.”
Adds the esteemed blog, “‘The Devourer’ features Cormorant at their darkest, even considering the weightiest moments of their well-received preceding album Earth Diver (2014). Hammering on a comfortably familiar riff to start, the track patiently evolves across an unpredictable structure rife with moody vocals (both screams and clean), sudden shifts, and technical asides. As with each track, the beginning sounds nothing like the conclusion, but they’re ultimately connected. Midpointing ‘The Devourer’ are thrashy passages and clean-sung melodies, plus a surreal guitar solo as a bonus. The song feels trackable and linear, but non-repetitive and spontaneous, multifaceted and densely packaged.”