Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) Rejoins Lock Up

Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) has announced his return to Lock Up. With this news, the band have also confirmed that they are working on a new album titled “The Dregs Of Hades.” That effort will be released this fall.

Lindberg said the following:

“I can´t begin to explain how chuffed I am to be back with these, my favourite grinding beasts. When [Napalm Death’s] Shane [Embury] approached me about rejoining, being part of a dual vokill attack together with [Brutal Teeth’s] Kevin [Sharp], I said yes straight away. I love the “Demonization” album, and Kevin‘s vocal delivery there.

So, I was very curious and excited to work together with him, writing and arranging lyrics. My idea is that we have very different vocal styles, and that deathgrind fans now will get the best of both worlds. Adding Adam Jarvis [Pig Destroyer] to the mix has been nothing but a success as well, his relentless bashing has mos def added an extra dimension to the Lock Up sound. It will be a total blast performing these new tracks in front of a crowd, these are full on old-school deathgrind ragers! Again; chuffed!”

Jarvis also commented:

“When Shane first asked me to join the already elite league of extraordinary gentlemen I was beyond ecstatic! THEN…. I find out Tompa was rejoining the band and I went bananas! So excited for everyone to hear what madness we’ve created so far, and for a double assault from Kevin and Tompa that is bound to make you want to punch stuff!”

Embury added:

“I have said before on many occasions that creating songs, recording and playing shows with Lock Up since the band’s inception in 1998 has always been hinged on madness and old-fashioned grindcore comradery!

When we discussed the possibility of another album it made sense I felt to push the insanity further down the rabbit hole and ask Tompa to rejoin ‘The Dregs of Hades‘ to front the band alongside Kevin Sharp – ha! I have always loved that two singer approach, if done right it’s marvellous dynamics, and believe me, this next album is doing it right!!!

When festivals do finally return it’s gonna be a lot of fun and that’s what counts in the end… be prepared!”

Visceral Collapse (Venomous Concept) Release “Knowle Road”

Venomous Concept’s Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Kevin Sharp (ex-Brutal Truth), and John Cooke (Napalm Death) have launched a new side project called Visceral Collapse. You can find their new release, “Knowle Road,” on Bandcamp.

Sharp commented:

“Shane and I got to talking about records we wanted to do — I guess the older you get, the more curious you become. Records we only talked of doing but never got around to, but then COVID came and gave us two things: crisis and time on our hands. I sort of feel I have created deconstructed music in multitudes of methodology and melody might be an unexplored extreme.

So Shane wrote some songs for the next Venomous Concept album; more uptempo high-paced rock ‘n’ roll punk mixed in with a Hüsker Dü melodic ’80s hardcore punk feel. It goes this way then that way and an album forms. Anyway, you will hear more about that album next year once we roll into 2021!

The idea was for me to fly to Birmingham/Cambridge and record for my birthday back in September. I arrived three days early to work on last-minute ideas for the record we had written.

Not being capable of following a plan, we went in and immediately recorded an emotional avalanche titled Knowle Rd. This may not be for everyone. That said, this record was Johnny, Shane and myself, so in an effort to direct the ear, we are using a different acronym for this VC record: This part of our hard drive will be called Visceral Collapse, which, if you think about it, defines 2020. If in the future “Venomous Concepts” exceed perceived content, we will probably come up with another acronym… but Ook will always be VC!

So if you enjoy placing your head in an oven, I encourage you to get in your special place. and set your head to broil. Knowle Rd is the 2020 lease-breaker everyone felt this year.”

Slaves On Dope Members Launch New Covers Project, Recruit Korn, Mastodon, Etc. Members For Cover Of Faith No More’s “We Care A Lot”

Slaves On Dope’s Jason Rockman and Kevin Jardine have decided to launch a new quarantine covers project called The Kings Of Quarantine. The band’s first single, a cover of Faith No More’s “We Care A Lot,“ features the following artists: Frank Bello (Anthrax), Ray Luzier (Korn), Bill Kelliher (Mastodon), Ivan Doruschuk (Men Without Hats), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, etc.), Kevin Sharp (ex-Brutal Truth, etc.), Darryl McDaniels (Run-D.M.C.), Esoteric (Czarface), Richard Patrick (Filter), and Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace). Faith No More’s Billy Gould also makes an appearance in the video as well.

Rockman said the following:

“Kevin and I have always been massive fans of Faith No More and having the opportunity to cover one of their songs with such great company has been a dream come true. We are so grateful to all the musicians involved that accepted our invitation.”

McDaniels added:

“We did this because we care a lot about everyone! Especially those who put their lives on the line to make sure we are ok!”

Patrick also commented:

“I care a lot about being part of this amazing cover. It’s an honor and a privilege. To be rubbing elbows with the likes of these gentlemen makes me feel very proud.”

The track can be purchased on Bandcamp with all the proceeds set to go towards Roadie Relief.

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury Talks About His Upcoming Side Projects With Mastodon, Faith No More, Etc. Members

Napalm Death’s Shane Embury was recently interviewed on The Void With Christina and discussed two side projects he has in the works with members of Mastodon and more. You can watch the full interview and read some excerpts below:

Embury said the following about Tronos, which involves Napalm Death producer Russ Russell, Faith No More‘s Billy Gould, Mastodon‘s Troy Sanders, and a member of Voivod:

“One project, for about five years, I’ve been working on with a guy who produces our records [Russ Russell,] it’s got kind of a doomyish, doomy, weird, shoegazing, doomy kind of music. Billy [Gould] from Faith No More plays bass on some of the tracks, Troy [Sanders] from Mastodon, a guy from Voivod on guitar. ‘Cause the guy who produces our albums, he’s part of it so, we can record for free. So he’s been zoning out on it forever. It’s called Tronos—which is just Spanish for ‘thrones’—I nicked it from a ‘Game Of Thrones‘ DVD in Spanish.

Russ Russell, the guy who produces the Napalm albums and stuff, and all the stuff that I’ve been involved with, he’s got quite a graphic deal as well… So he’s got lots of visual stuff going on and if we can pull it off I’d like to play the ‘Roadburn Festival‘ in Holland, cause then you’d be able to do the projections. And because of the people involved I can only imagine doing the odd show here and there.”

He also said the following about another project, which features Mastodon‘s Bill Kelliher and Brann Dailor, along with ex-Brutal Truth frontman Kevin Sharp:

“Kevin [Sharp] probably didn’t mention that me and him are doing a project with Bill and Bran from Mastodon. Well, he’s got about three million riffs now, we’ve just gotta try to arrange them into songs, it’s heavy stuff. We demoed it in Bill‘s studio, ’cause Kevin built Bill‘s studio for him. Kevin‘s a grindcore carpenter. So we just got a buncha riffs there, it’s a case of trying to work it out, it’s gonna take awhile.”

On another note, he also talked a bit about Napalm Death’s new material:

“It’s fast. But there’s also a lot of weird… Hopefully some—I don’t want to say experimental—but hopefully once it’s done it will go in a few different directions.”

“I don’t want to say noise—there might be some stuff like that—but there’s like a couple of mid-paced Killing Joke-esque influences. So hopefully we veer off in a few directions and hopefully it will make the album, a bit… it will still be abrasive, but not constantly fast all the time.

There is some extremely fast stuff, but ya know… We’ve all been kind of like ticking away every album, trying a little bit of this, a little bit of that, so each step… So this one will be the most diverse one yet, I hope.”

[via The PRP]

Venomous Concept (Napalm Death Etc.) Sign To Season Of Mist

Venomous Concept, the supergroup featuring Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth), Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth), Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), and John Cooke, have signed to Season Of Mist and plan to release their new album in 2016. You can read the full press release via the following Facebook post:

Lock Up Part Ways With Tomas Lindberg, Welcome New Vocalist Kevin Sharp

Lock Up have parted ways with Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates) and have recruited Kevin Sharp (Brutal Truth) to take his place. There is no “bad blood” between members. Lindberg simply left due to his obligations to At The Gates and their current touring schedule.

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The band issued the following statement on Facebook:

“It seems to be on the internet already so you may aswell hear it from us now a little earlier than we planned.

Unfortunately we have to announce the departure of our brother and long-time vocalist Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates / Disfear).For the record, there’s absolutely no bad blood or drama involved and we wish Tompa nothing but the best in all his future endeavours.

As you all know, At The Gates have just released a brand new, killer album, and the subsequent touring schedule that will follow means Tompa simply won’t have any free time to commit to Lock Up’s imminent future plans of recording a new album or any live performances that will follow.

So please welcome our good friend and partner in grind, Mr. Kevin Sharp of Brutal Truth into the ranks of the band as our new full time vocalist. Kevin made his debut live appearance with Lock Up at Manizales Grita Rock Festival in Colombia back in early October with only 10 days notice to learn 22 songs.

This is a very exciting and brand new chapter for the band as we prepare to enter the studio in the coming months to record our follow-up album to ‘Necropolis Transparent’, which came out on Nuclear Blast Records back in 2011. The band is currently busy in writing mode and currently seeking a new label home and hope for an early summer release of the as yet untitled new album.”

Tomas Lindberg said the following:

“I sadly had to part ways with.my good ol’ grindbuddies in Lock Up.This is all due to time/schedule/logistic issues. The new At The Gates record needs/deserves its time, and i don’t want to leave my brothers from downtown hades hanging. In a dream world i could do both, but it would be egoistic of me to hang on to it – and constantly having to say no to stuff because i wasn’t available. Luckily a mutual grind bear buddy, Mr. Kevin Sharp, was able to step in. He will be a perfect replacement. He has the heart, the passion and the voice. He has also been a friend of everybody in the band for as long as i can remember. I will miss the music, the brotherhood, the fans and the good times. But i think that this decision is for the best of the band, and that is what matters.”

Kevin Sharp also commented on his addition:

“Having already toured with Lock Up several times, its fells very natural jamming with them. When we played the gig in Colombia last month… If I wore shoes, I’m sure they would have been very comfortable.

Barker is an absolute pleasure to follow – hit’s like an asshole on fire. Anton’s tones and riffage are simply metallic and classic . And Shane and myself – well we’ve done Venomous Concept for over 10 years now – I know how the man is wired. I’m super stoked to see the variables put together… This is gonna be ridiculously heavy.

Nothing but but huge grind gratitude for Tompa and his work in the band… It’s pretty cool tearing apart his phrasing and lyrical style. Never too old to learn new things about what you can do with your voice and dissecting his approach is an honor. Uber grind salutations to his reboot of both Disfear and At The Gates. Two of my favorites. I look forward to crossing paths with them in the future…

Let’s kill it…”