Some album news to kick your weekend off with :)
Is there ever such a thing as too many guitarists in a band?
Finland’s Teksti-TV 666 think not. Formed three years ago, things have escalated rather quickly for this seven-headed shoegazing kraut-punk monster. Armed with no less than five (and sometimes, just sometimes, six) electric guitars, Teksti-TV 666 are nowadays one of the most in-demand live acts in their native Finland, and select performances abroad have caused a bit of a storm as well. After 2016’s Finnish tour with Kvelertak the band will set their sights on Europe, beginning with a tour in Norway. While the five guitars is a point of interest – the real thing of note are their songs. Teksti-TV 666 write very, very good ones. In November 2016 Svart Records will release a CD/double vinyl compilation of the band’s three EPs. The records, titled 1, 2 and 3, have all quickly sold out, the last one on pre-orders only. This compilation is the first time these precious recordings are widely available outside Finland. You can check out one of the tracks below:
Italy’s legendary industrial/electro metallers, Aborym, have revealed an impressive list of names behind their upcoming seventh album, “Shifting.negative” (includingSin Quirin of Ministry and Guido Elmi of Vasco Rossi fame). The new album has been engineered by Emiliano Natali (Fear No One Studios),Teo Pizzolante (Braingasm Lab) and Luciano Lamanna (Subsound Studios). In the nearest future it will be mixed and mastered by Grammy-award winning Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound Studios (Lou Reed, John Zorn, Mike Patton) in New York.
There’s also a long list of guest musicians involved in the album, most noticeably featuring Sin Quirin of Ministry fame on guitars. Other contributors include: Ricktor(The Electric Hellfire Club), Pier Marzano (Koza Noztra), drummer Andrea Mazzucca, vocalists Victor Love (Dope Stars Inc., Victor Love), Cain Cressall(The Amenta) and Nicola Favaretto N-ikonoclast. Further there’s Greg Watkins(Static of Masses, Order Sixty Six) and Luciano Lamanna on modular synths,Kelly Bogues (Zogthorgven) delivering additional ambient noise, Joel Gilardini(The Land Of The Snow, Mulo Muto, Black Machineries) on additional treated guitars, electronics & (D)ronin, Ben Hall (Silent Eretic) on power-electronics andTor Helge Skei (Manes) on ambient-electronics. There’s also Tokyo based artistYouko Heidy responsible for experimental noise and FX and Leja Siv Harju who wrote the lyrics to “Going new places”.
Legendary bay area thrash metal giants Testament, have released the first of several trailers for their upcoming 12th album, Brotherhood Of The Snake. The album was recorded under the watchful eyes of producer Juan Urteaga (Exodus, Heathen, Machine Head), guitarist Eric Peterson and singer Chuck Billy and was mixed and mastered by well-known metal producer Andy Sneap (Accept, Arch Enemy, Cradle Of Filth, Kreator, Machine Head, Megadeth). Watch vocalist Chuck Billy and guitarist Eric Peterson, speak about the touring that lead up to recording and how that affected their song writing process, below:
Esben and the Witch
The dark atmospheric rockers Esben and the Witch are now sharing the first track from their forthcoming album Older Terrors. The band will release their new full-length on November 4th. Something ancient and primordial stalks the four tracks on the fourth full-length of Esben and the Witch. The haunting voice of Rachel Davies weaves arcane spells through hypnotic patterns. Interlaced in these invocations is the emotive string sorcery provided by guitarist Thomas Fisher, while Daniel Copeman evokes a state of trance with his shamanic drumming and wide sonic landscapes painted by electronic synthesizer magic. You can check out the first single, “Sylvan” below: