We live in an age when conspiracy theories of all stripes seem to have reached a zenith, and the Canadian death/thrash band Backstabber (from northern Quebec) seem to have embraced the ethos (or at least fervently portrayed it) in their debut album Conspiracy Theorist. Consisting of 10 tracks that explore themes of scandal, critiques of mainstream media, and of course conspiracies, the album will be released on February 15th.
Today we present a lyric video for one of their murderous aural attacks. Entitled “Geo Engineering“, it was inspired by a speech delivered at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2016 by then-CIA chief Paul Brennan. In the speech, Brennan spoke of a program that had attracted his personal interest called “Stratospheric Aerosol Injection”, through which seeding the stratosphere with reflective particles could reduce global temperatures at an estimated annual cost of $10 billion.
Though Brennan touted the idea as a means of combatting global warming, Backstabber foresee a different and more devastating outcome.
As vocalist/guitarist Christian M. Thériault explains about the song, “Of course, Geo-Engineering and chemtrails aren’t new in the world of conspiracies. It’s also a hint to Geo-weapons such as the lasers (microwave weapon) causing the California wildfires.”
Featuring a guest performance by Raoul Rochon of the Canadian death/grind band Abitabyss, the music itself is a brutally destructive, militaristic assault mounted with hard-charging speed. Powered by drumwork that resembles a ferocious mix of machine-gun and mortar fire, Backstabber mount the attack with flurries of vicious, seething riffery and nail-gunning jab-fests, with the lyrics voiced in heartless, imperious roars. The devastation is pushed to further heights of frenzy with a shrill, eerily spiraling solo, and concludes with a hint of off-planet mystery.
Conspiracy Theorist is recommended for fans of Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Decapitated, Deicide, and At The Gates. Along with the “Geo Engineering”, we’re also providing music videos for two previously released tracks — “Subterranean” (“a fast-paced revisit to the legacy of Admiral Richard E. Byrd and the theory of Hollow Earth, which was presumably researched during World War II by both German and American forces”) and “No Privacy” (“a brutal track focusing on the pervasive usage of metadata collection and their multiple applications merged with quantum analyzing”).
Look for the album via Bandcamp on February 15th.