releases are now available from Century Media Records and Relapse Records
A New cd is finished. It is entitled "A Rising Tide of Anger".
It was recorded at Magic Garden Mastering with Dave Tweed co-producing.
Copies will be available soon. Until then, there are MP3's on the Noise
The New cd is entitled "NewDeadlySin" and a final mix
has been completed. Dave Tweed has once again lent his golden ears to
the product. Drummer Bill Garbe whacked drums for us this time. The finished
product is a little bit cleaner than the 1st album. 11 songs in just over
20 minutes. It's not as short as "Blood Guts and Pussy", but
Slowdeath are now rehearsing for live shows in the Southern California
area. Guitarist Johnny Saletra has joined the lineup. John is a godsend
in terms of playing ability and motivation. I first played with John in
bad thrash bands in Ohio 15 years ago, so he and I are down for the long
haul. Our immediate plans are to re-create a 20 minute apocalypse live.
Work progresses on the new LP. It's about half written. It
should be recorded by the end of the year. The songs are of the same style
as the 12 Anthems release-minimalist and heavy . It'll probably be limited
to 10 songs, and around 20 minutes. If there's one thing that I dislike,
it's an album or live show where I'm bored half way through it, and there's
still 30 minutes to go. That's the main reason why the first Slowdeath
LP is only 22 minutes long.
I've been listening to some of the songs on 12 Anthems for
close to 4 years now. I just popped it in yesterday in the car and listened
to it all the way through. I couldn't be more pleased with the way it
turned out, warts and all. Dave Tweed's ears are fucking golden, and we
could never have done it without him at the helm, recording. He should
be in Hollywood, engineering records full of rich, tube-amp driven brown
tones, not in a basement recording studio in Columbus, Ohio, lingering
The songs on 12 Anthems were written in the order that they
appear on the album, strangely enough. As I said, there are songs on the
LP that are 4 years old, so there is a significant amount of time between
when the first songs and last songs were written. I think thais allows
the songs to breathe a bit.
Cleveland metal gods Boulder just came through town and rocked
the Garage in Hollywood. They're one of the few bands keeping The Rock
real. If you haven't heard them, you should immediately buy "Ripping
Christ" from www.bouldersragers.com. This cd collects their first
few demos and 7" 's and the 555 10" which are all godly.
It's depressing going into Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Everywhere I look,
there are releases from new punk/death metal, nu metal, or other bands
that I've never heard of, and it's all the same. It's so depressing and
overwhelming that it makes me want to take up knitting in an act of rebellion.
No. Actually, it makes me want to distill all the hatred that I feel for
bad music into songs. "Let thy speech be better than silence or be
silent"- Dionysius the Elder. I think that when slowdeath becomes
less interesting than silence, I will silence it.
In the meantime, there are a few albums that capture a certain power that
every fan of The Rock should know about. These are the 13 drugs
that I reach for when everything looks black.
In no particular orde:
1. The F.U.'s "My America"
2. SS Decontrol "Get it Away"
3. English Dogs "Forward Into Battle"
4. At The Gates "Slaughter of the Soul"
5. Skitsystem "Ondskans Ansikte"
6. Boulder "Ripping Christ"
7. Entombed "Wolverine Blues"
8. Siege "Drop Dead"
9. Totalitar "Sin Egen MotstÂndare"
10. Slayer "Reign in Blood"
11. Misfits "Walk Among Us"
12. Agnostic Front "Victim in Pain"
13. Minor Threat "Minor Threat"
The "12 Anthems" cd was recorded in December, 2001 at Lollipop
Studios in cold Columbus Ohio over a period of three days. Jeff Shirilla
from the Ohio stoner rock band Abdullah played drums on it.