Here are some arch-ie things I spotted this morning.
Spencer Prewett is the drummer for Canada’s Archspire, whose new album The Lucid Collective we reviewed here in April. On a superficial level, he appears to be human — two arms, two legs, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, realistic looking skin and hair. But appearances can be deceiving, because based on the video I’m about to show you he is clearly a Cyberdyne Systems model T-1000 cyborg. Fortunately, John Connor can rest easy because Spencer Prewett was sent from the future only to destroy drum kits.
In this drum play through, the song you’ll hear is the new album’s first track, “Lucid Collective Somnambulation”. I dropped my jaw and the damned thing bounced somewhere I didn’t see because my eyes were glued to this video. You watch it while I go look for my damned jaw.
(thanks to DGR for linking me to this. He prefaced the link in his message with this:
We’ve already reviewed the new Arch Enemy album, War Eternal. This isn’t about that. This is about two cover tracks that Arch Enemy recorded for the DECIBEL magazine Flexi-disc series. It will be included in the August 2014 issue, which can be ordered here.
The two songs that Arch Enemy covered are “Nitad” by Moderat Likvidation and “When the Innocent Die” by Anti Cimex. I’m not familiar with the original songs, but The Font of All Human Knowledge tells me that Moderat Likvidation are a Swedish hardcore punk band that existed between 1980 and 1985 and reunited in 2007, and that Anti Cimex (who I’ve heard of) were another Swedish hardcore punk band who date back to 1981 and whose second 7″, Raped Ass, “is considered to be a subgenre-defining D-beat record”.
The Arch Enemy covers, which are combined into a single track, sound nothing like Arch Enemy — but they kick massive amounts of ass. The second cover includes an incendiary guitar solo, and the vocals by Alissa White-Gluz are seriously pissed-off and thoroughly jugular bursting. If the band ever grow tired of melodic death metal, they have a bright future in slaughtering d-beat crust.
Go listen here:
(thanks to Leperkahn for pushing me to listen to these covers)