New discoveries don’t always come in threes around here. I think it’s just some deep-seated superstition that makes me collect groups of three things in most of my posts. I’m sure there’s some scientific learning out there about why people do this (and don’t tell me it’s about the Holy Trinity because the power of three’s pre-dated JC by millennia). Someday I’ll have to get educated.
But for now, I got three items. They concern Seth Siro Anton and Septic Flesh (Greece), Daemon Worship Productions (Hell), and Tombstone Highway (Italy).
Yeah baby, you’re lookin’ at it! That’s the latest album art that Seth Siro Anton created for his band Septic Flesh. I really like everything he does, whether for Septic Flesh or other bands, and this is no exception. It’s the just-released cover for a special re-issue of the band’s 1994 debut album, Mystic Places of Dawn. It’s the first of four Septic Flesh reissues that Season of Mist is planning for 2013, with this one hitting the streets on January 22 in North America (and Jan 25 elsewhere). This reissue will also include the four tracks from the 1991 EP Temple of the Lost Race.
It looks like Season of Mist is already selling pre-orders for the album, including vinyl, CDs, and shirts featuring this new artwork, at this location. Awfully damned tempting. That shirt is calling my name . . .
I’m really excited about this next piece of news: Daemon Worship Productions, an extreme label based in Russia, has just set up a Bandcamp site with music from many of their releases. It’s a happy coincidence because just a few days ago I reviewed one of the latest releases, a new EP by The Ascendant. But the label has many other killer underground bands in the stable, including ones we’ve featured before at NCS, and now you and I can hear the music of many of them via Bandcamp: http://daemonworship.bandcamp.com/
Okay, I have to precede the final item with an Exception to the Rule warning: there is clean singing in the music of Italy’s Tombstone Highway.
I got a press release about them earlier today. They’re a fairly new signing by Agonia Records, and Agonia plans to release their debut album Ruralizer on Feb 26 in Europe and Mar 19 in the U.S. Two things about this band caught my eye. The first thing is that cover art, which I like. The second thing was this description in the press release:
“The Music of TOMBSTONE HIGHWAY is a classic blend of feisty Stoner/Southern- Rock and Doom Metal, with catchy guitar solos and old-school heavy metal parts that may remind of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Corrosion Of Conformity, Pride and Glory, Down, Black Sabbath, or even ZZ Top riffage. Apart from Hard Rock instruments, the band uses also a banjo and Hammond organs.”
As a transplanted Texan who left some roots behind in the native sod, I got a kind of panting Pavlovian response when I saw some of those references, kind of like what happens when a pan of cornbread comes hot out of the oven. And yes, I do believe I will have some banjo and Hammond organ, too. Oh, and did I mention that the album will include a cover of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen”? Fuck yes.
So, having been tempted mightily, I checked out the three tracks from Ruralizer that are streaming at ReverbNation. I’ll tell you what, these boys may be from the banks of the Po’/Padus river in Piacenza, Italy instead of a Gulf Coast swamp, but they definitely got the right feel for this kind of music — and plenty of down-home riff magic, too. And a fuckin’ banjo in the mix. I’m in love.
Check it out and bang yo’ head: