Decapitated To Release Early Demo Collection “The First Damned”

Decapitated will be releasing a new demo collection titled “The First Damned” on June 4. The effort will feature early tracks in their original state.

“The First Damned” Track Listing:

01. “Intro” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
02. “The Eye Of Horus” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
03. “Blessed” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
04. “The First Damned” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
05. “Nine Steps” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
06. “Danse Macabre” (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
07. “Mandatory Suicide” (Slayer cover) (“The Eyes Of Horus” demo, 1998)
08. “Into” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
09. “Destiny” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
10. “Way To Salvation” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
11. “Ereshkigal” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)
12. “Cemeterial Gardens” (“Cemeterial Gardens” demo, 1997)

Guitarist Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka commented:

“For some of you, the story behind these demos might be an awesome way to learn about the band or refresh your memory on our history. Demo tape is at the core of the band’s DNA and when I think about it now, I am really surprised that we were able to record both demos at such a young age.

I am excited that it was possible to work on this release with a great team and deliver something for our die-hard fans. ‘The First Damned‘ is unique, with an awesome layout and bio, which some of you might not be familiar with.

If it wasn’t for Sauron who came up with the idea of starting a band, my brother Vitek who played drums at the age of 12, and Martin who had the idea of going to the studio to record those tracks – there wouldn’t be a band called Decapitated. We were just a bunch of young guys who were inspired by thrash and death metal.

Now, with the help of great people: Dom Lawson, Micah Ulrich, Marcelo Vasco, and all the team who worked on this release, we were able to create – in my opinion – a cool design and honoring the true demo cassette vibe.

For the first time this record will be released on LP, and we couldn’t of course forget about cassettes, which are another cool way to keep the memories alive. We didn’t change anything with the sound. We took the sound from the original DAT masters, so it’s the real, organic sound of the music we recorded back in the days.

I hope you will enjoy it the same way I do.”

You can stream “Destiny” from the effort below:

Boris To Stream 360° Concert Tomorrow

Boris have announced a virtual event, which they are calling “NO World Tour In Your Head 2021.” The 360° performance will stream on YouTube tomorrow (May 1) at 8:00am PDT / 11:00am EDT. Fans will also be able to purchase exclusive merchandise and donate via PayPal. Atsuo commented:

“Since the Coronavirus is still ruling the world, we are unable to tour overseas. With this NO stream, we are taking a new approach and we are going to visit you directly in your head. I’m looking forward to it. Mosh in your room. Mosh alone!”

Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Etc.) Premiere New Song “LeDu”

Big Scenic Nowhere (Fu Manchu, Yawning Man, etc.) have premiered a new song titled “LeDu.” This track will appear on the group’s upcoming album “The Long Morrow.”

The band commented:

Gary Arce:

“”LeDu” was inspired by one of my favorite bands of all time Husker Du, and one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs, “Achilles Last Stand.” I made up the riff and everyone joined in naturally, adding their own thing. One thing I really like about Big Scenic Nowhere is it’s a true collaboration of different styles and influences coming together without second thinking anything.”

Tony Reed:

“”LeDu” was named directly after we finished the jam that it’s constructed from. If I remember correctly, it was Gary who said “it sounds like Zeppelin and Husker Du.” As with all of the material on the Lavender Blues EP, this, and the rest of the album we are working on now, was taken from a series of live freeform jams we did in November 2019. This song was meticulously examined and reconstructed. Even going as far as to re-record drum parts in the choruses to bring the energy up. It’s a strange way to do things, but because we don’t live near each other it’s a necessary challenge. Personally, I enjoy it. It allows me to try and control strange forces of nature. While typing out the lyrics recently, they appear to be about how the world changes and the older you get, the more it seems that what is coming next will be a disaster. I figure all people grow older and then see the world this way. I am witnessing it happening to me now.”

Bill Stinson:

“This song formed quickly and the spirit and attitude is something that many of my favorite bands tap into regardless of the style of music. “LeDu” sounds determined and defiant but shows some reflection too.”

Bob Balch:

“When we jammed back in November 2019 we had tons of material to go through and fine tune. This song was one of those. Listening after the fact we had Bill come back in and play sections to go along with Tony’s new bass lines and vocals. It worked out great. Bill has a great feel and made the track flow. Tony’s editing, mixing and mastering helped a lot too. I did several takes but finally decided to keep the guitars in Drop A so that the last section gets heavy because most of the song is played in higher register. Gary is a rad guitar player and plants very unique seeds that we all get to add to to help the song grow. We all added to this one but Gary originated the main riff and vibe of the song.”

[via Brooklyn Vegan]

Actress Esmé Bianco Files Lawsuit Against Marilyn Manson For Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking

Actress Esmé Bianco (“Game Of Thrones”) has filed a lawsuit against Marilyn Manson and his former manager Tony Ciulla. This news comes after she previously accused the singer of abuse and human trafficking.

According to Rolling Stone, Bianco filed the suit in a California court earlier today (April 30) and it says that the shock rocker drugged, tortured and raped her from 2009 to 2011. This includes cutting her “with a Nazi knife during sex,” using “drugs, force, and threats of force to coerce sexual acts from Ms. Bianco on multiple occasions,” engaging in sexual acts while she was unable to give consent, and “spanking, biting, cutting, and whipping Ms. Bianco’s buttocks, breasts, and genitals… all without the consent of Plaintiff.”

Bianco also alleged that Manson and Ciulla “violated the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act” by “bringing her from London to Los Angeles under the pretense that she would be acting in a music video that never came out and a film that was never made.” She also added that since the singer sponsored her work visa, he “was able to control [her] by threatening to withdraw support if she displeased him.”

The suit also said that Manson would force Bianco into “unpaid labor,” which included “serving and preparing food for [him] and his guests, cleaning his apartment, consulting on his album, providing uncredited backup vocals during the creative process for the album Born Villain, and being offered up to his guests and bandmates to ‘spank.’” It went on to say that Manson also “implied that because he had brought Ms. Bianco to the United States and provided housing, she owed him labor and sexual intimacy.”

Bianco also claimed that Ciulla and his management company were aware of the abuse and let it continue for financial benefits. Former assistants were said to have discussed Mason’s abuse with Ciulla, but “management had a vested interest in supporting his violent tendencies to encourage the creation of his ‘art’ and the promotion of the brand of Marilyn Manson.”

Bianco is currently seeking an unknown amount of damages. She told Rolling Stone the following:

“As millions of survivors like myself are painfully aware, our legal system is far from perfect. This is why I co-created the Phoenix Act, a law which gives precious additional healing time to thousands of domestic violence survivors. But while I fight for a more just legal system, I am also pursuing my right to demand my abuser be held to account, using every avenue available to me.

For far too long, my abuser has been left unchecked, enabled by money, fame and an industry that turned a blind eye. Despite the numerous brave women who have spoken out against Marilyn Manson, countless survivors remain silenced, and some of their voices will never be heard. My hope is that by raising mine, I will help to stop Brian Warner from shattering any more lives and empower other victims to seek their own small measure of justice.”

This news comes after one of Manson’s latest accusers, actress Bianca Allaine, said that she was planning to speak with the FBI.

Witchcraft, Shellac, Orange Goblin, Etc. Set For 2022 Desertfest

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Desertfest. The event will take place in the Camden district of London, England on April 29 – May 1 and the daily lineups can be found below.

April 29:

Electric Ballroom: Steak (After Party), Witchcraft, Corrosion Of Conformity, Truckfighters, Lowrider, and Mos Generator.

The Underworld: Integrity, Petbrick, Switchblade, Coltsblood, Blacklab, and Blind Monarch.

Powerhuas (Formerly Dingwalls): Gnod, Hey Collosus, Slift, Bonnacons Of Doom, and Shuck.

Black Heart: Spirit Adrift, Seven Sisters, Inhuman Nature, Dungeon, Aggressive Perfector, and Gevaudan.

The Devonshire Arms: Alunah, The Brothers Keg, Black Orchids, Dunes, and The Lunar Effect.

April 30:

Roundhouse: Shellac, Pissed Jeans, Elder, Part Chimp, and Elephant Tree.

Electric Ballroom: Orange Goblin, Earthless, Stoner, My Sleeping Karma, and Wino.

The Underworld: Khemmis, Hangman’s Chair, Deathrite, Green Lung, Konvent, and King Witch.

Black Heart: Josiah, Maidavale, Grotto, Fire Down Below, Your Highness, and Orbital Junction.

The Devonshire Arms: Gurt, Slomosa, Purple Kong, A Gazillion Angry Mexicans, and Lacertilia.

May 1:

Roundhouse: Electric Wizard, Yob, Eyehategod, The Obsessed, and Conan.

The Underworld: Ten Foot Wizard (After Party), Somali Yacht Club, Sacri Monti, Huntsmen, Desert Storm, Trippy Wicked, and Morag Tong.

Black Heart: Opium Lord, Human Leather, Shrykull, Tides Of Sulfur, Under, and Remote Viewing.

The Devonshire Arms: 1782, Urne, Wolftooth, Wallowing, and Grey Brain.

Rings Of Saturn Dropped By Nuclear Blast Following “Threats” And “Baseless Demands”

Nuclear Blast Records have parted ways with Rings Of Saturn. The label issued the following statement:

“Nuclear Blast has a long-standing history of supporting its artists, treating them with the utmost respect and integrity. This included Lucas Mann and Rings Of Saturn. Nuclear Blast is proud to provide this support and strives to make all its artists feel comfortable that they have a transparent, honest relationship with their label. Sadly, Lucas Mann on behalf of Rings Of Saturn has brazenly threatened to issue public statements “condemning Nuclear Blast in the strongest terms possible” if the label does not give in to his baseless demands. While Nuclear Blast is truly shocked and saddened by Lucas Mann’s actions, Nuclear Blast also does not tolerate threats. Accordingly, Rings Of Saturn have been dropped from the label.”

Crobot Share Video For New Song “Kiss It Goodbye” Featuring Howard Jones, Announce July Tour

Crobot have premiered a new video for their new song “Kiss It Goodbye.” This track features Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage) and it will appear on the band’s new EP “Rat Child,“ which is set to be released on June 18.

The group commented:

“Howard was introduced to us through mutual friends. We have always been huge fans of his melodic footprint and his unique melodies. When we heard he would be interested in writing with us, we were beyond excited. He flew down to Austin and spent a few days in a studio with us.

We had a such great chemistry with him and wrote ‘Kiss it Goodbye.’ We thought it was a shoe-in for being a track on ‘Motherbrain‘ but for whatever reason, it didn’t make the cut. It seemed like such a travesty to let such a great song sit on the shelf. So, we’re pumped to let the world hear it!”

In other news, Crobot have also booked some dates for July:

07/08 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live! (feat. To Whom It May)
07/09 Houston, TX – Scout Bar (feat. To Whom It May)
07/10 Dallas, TX – Trees (feat. To Whom It May)
07/11 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger (feat. To Whom It May)
07/13 Oklahoma City, OK – 89th St
07/14 Joplin, MO – Guitars
07/15 Iowa City, IA – Gabes
07/16 Cadott, WI – Rock Fest
07/17Janesville, WI – Back Bar

Satanic Planet (The Locust, Ex-Slayer, Etc.) Premiere “999” Video

Satanic Planet, the project featuring Justin Pearson (Dead Cross, The Locust, etc.), Dave Lombardo (Dead Cross, ex-Slayer, etc.), Luke Henshaw (Planet B, etc.), and Satanic Temple founder Lucien Greaves, have premiered a new video for their song “999.” This track is from the band’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on May 28.

Cane Hill Premiere “Blood & Honey” Video

Cane Hill have premiered a new video for their new single “Blood & Honey.” The band commented:

“‘Blood & Honey‘ is the first song off of our new EP ‘Krewe d’Amour. After releasing songs inspired by ravenous anger, we wanted to switch gears and polarize our emotions. This song is the first of three to detail the motions of heartbreak and your ability to make the best or the worst out of it.”