I’m almost to the point of buying a Scion car just to express my gratitude to Scion A/V. Almost. Unless you’ve been living in a cave (or the loris compound at the NCS Island), you probably know that Scion A/V has been releasing free EPs and videos from badass metal bands. But they’re doing more than that.
What I just discovered is that Scion A/V has been enlisting certain metal labels to round up a selection of their artists for performances in Los Angeles before live audiences, professionally recording the shows, and then prepping audio of the performances for free download.
The first team-up was with Nuclear Blast, who helped arrange appearances of Exodus, All Shall Perish, Origin, and Decrepit Birth at The Roxy in West Hollywood on November 12 of last year. As of today, the digital album of those live performances has become available for free download. Here’s the track list, which happens to include many of my favorite songs from each band:
1. Decrepit Birth: “Metatron”
2. Decrepit Birth: “The Resonance”
3. Decrepit Birth: “Polarity”
4. Origin: “Banishing Illusion”
5. Origin: “Evolution of Extinction”
6. Origin: “Swarm”
7. All Shall Perish: “Wage Slaves”
8. All Shall Perish: “Procession of Ashes”
9. All Shall Perish: “Gagged, Bound, Shelved and Forgotten”
10. Exodus: “Beyond the Pale”
11. Exodus: “Blacklist”
12. Exodus: “Metal Command”
DECIBEL premiered the Origin tracks on-line today, and I’ve included the audio player for those songs below. Likewise, Lambgoat premiered the All Shall Perish songs; got their player below, too. I haven’t yet seen who is premiering the other six tunes — but you don’t really have to wait. If you use the link below and be prepared to provide an e-mail address, you’ll get a message with a link for the live album download. And man, why wouldn’t you?
One last piece of Scion A/V news: On Saturday of this past weekend, they did another one of these label-showcase shows, this time with Prosthetic. The bands who performed? Holy Grail, Scale the Summit, Last Chance To Reason, and The Greenery. We expect to see a digital release of that show in the next few months.
NOW, here are those two music players so you can taste the tunes: