Absent In Body are the absolute epitome of a supergroup with membership spanning Amenra, Neurosis, and Sepultura. Just the thought of these souls coming together for a project brings to mind some of the heaviest, most emotional and spiritualistic filled music on the planet. And that’s exactly what they’ve cooked up on debut Plague God. It’s not unlike anything this group has done before yet it’s entirely its own thing with an industrial tinge that‘s pointed with sludge and doom and seismic levels of suffocating atmosphere. Buke sat down with Colin H. Van Eeckhout and Mathieu J. Vandekerckhove to discuss the new album, how it came to be, what brought the band together, and the multitude of ideas behind it all. They also discuss how it felt for these two artists to branch out a bit musically in the Absent In Body mindset, skateboarding and the joys, and pain, of the sport, the Belgian metal scene and how they both were first exposed to metal, their friendship with Scott Kelly and Igor Cavalera, working with Relapse Records, the decision to have Amenra’s last album in their native tongue, and so much more.
This is an epic conversation with two legendary artists, so grab your beverage of choice and settle in for another edition of the Nine Circles Audio Thing.
Some things just go together naturally, without force or coercion, like they were simply made for each other: peanut butter and chocolate, oysters and hot sauce, pepperoni and cheese, a nice cabernet and just about any red meat. Such is also true for the likes of Absent in Body, a true supergroup combining the brainpower of members of Amenra, Neurosis and Sepultura. If it seems like a natural, organic fit, you’d be right. If you think it sounds cool as hell, you’d also be right. Plague God is exactly like what you think it would be in all the best ways possible.
Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from over the weekend:
First things first: as always, a whole bunch of bands dropped new music on Friday, including Woe, Obituary and more. Check out Josh’s recap here.
This isn’t nearly metal, but it’s still a damn shame: rock ‘n’ roll originator Chuck Berrypassed away over the weekend at age 90. Hell of a life, and an incredible loss. Rest in peace, Chuck.
Well, this sucks: Singaporean grinders Wormrot havecancelled their planned U.S. tour due to concerns over having proper papers in the current political climate. That includes their appearance at Maryland Deathfest. Fuck the Orange One forever.
Baroness frontman John Dyer Baizley, who curated this year’s Roadburn Festival, announced that he, bandmates Pete Adams and Marek Sarba, and Neurosis frontman Scott Kelly will join forces to perform a set of punk covers at the festival. I’m totally not upset that I’m not going to Roadburn this year. Not upset at all. Not one bit.
Ahead of their upcoming debut album, supergroup Dead Cross — featuring Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and others — dropped a new song called “Shillelagh.” I don’t know who or what a “Shillelagh” is, but you should listen to it. Because Mike Patton.
And finally, Steel Panther put out another new music video called “I Got What You Want,” which — let’s be real — there’s no way I wasn’t going to include in this round-up. Check it out below:
The band’s new album, Lower the Bar, drops this Friday. Anyway, that’ll do it for now — check back this time tomorrow for our next edition!
Since their inception in 1996, YOB has amassed seven full lengths, a pair of live albums, a spot on a label showcase and traveled the globe touring. During that time they split up for three years only to get back together stronger and surprisingly more focused than ever. Their sound transcends the doom genre they are closely identified with and each album is an intense spiritual journey that begs repeat listens to fully sink in. There’s a special quality to their output that pushes it to the forefront amongst their contemporaries. Continue reading →
It’s time for Episode 46 of The Horns Up Podcast, your weekly catch-up on all things metal!
This week, It’s the first podcast in April, so the guys look ahead to Q2 and talk about some of their most anticipated music for the next three months. Plus, we pour one out for Immortal, Corey discusses his adventures with Nergal’s autobiography, and Dan rips the entire state of California a new asshole over their “laissez-faire” approach to water consumption during a four-year-long drought.
All that and much, much more in Episode 46, so check it out!