Premiere: Sophicide’s “Within Darkness”

By: Shawn Macomber Posted in: featured, listen On: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


No need to go overboard on the introduction here: Perdition of the Sublime, the upcoming full-length debut from German tech death metallers Sophicide, slays. Front to back, beginning to end, Perdition is a overflowing platter of nasty, bestial epics from which this morning we proudly serve an exclusive appetizer, “Within Darkness.”

“‘Within Darkness’ is a song about radical religion — more specifically radical islamists, people who are brought up to defy every form of sanity and reason and stop at nothing to live up to their hideous and inane beliefs,” Sophicide founder/mastermind Adam Laszlo tells Decibel. “Our society needs to overcome this insanity. It’s time to discard our gods and ‘holy scriptures’ and reach for intellectual enlightenment!”

UFOMAMMUT post video teaser for “ORO: Opus Alter”

By: jonathan.horsley Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Monday, July 9th, 2012


Italian doom trio Ufomammut have released a video teaser for forthcoming album Opus Alter, out 18 September through Neurot.

Opus Alter is the second half of Ufomammut’s ORO series. Its predecessor, Opus Primum, dropped in April, and was a lush dizzying headtrip of psychedelic guitars, space rock ambience all darkened by the unspoken threat of conspiracy. Guitarist Poia told us to consider the two releases as “hetrozygous twins”, and described a narrative that sounded like the band had sought the counsel of fellow countryman Umberto Eco before they decided on the concept.

Loosely speaking, the two albums meditate on the dark magic of alchemy. “Surely it’s an alchemy the way we’ve transmuted a riff into ORO,” says bass/synth/vocals dude Urlo. Both Opus Primum and Opus Alter were recorded together at the same time last summer with Lorenzo Stecconi, sound engineer at Locomotore Recording Studio in Rome, and despite a five-month gap between them, both Opus Primum and Opus Alter are to be considered as one piece of music.

Opus Alter is the continuation of Opus Primum,” says Urlo. “[Opus Alter ] is different because we’ve expanded and developed the music, and I think the mood is heavier in the second part.”

Fittingly for a band whose oeuvre is by design all about transcending the reality on whatever dimension you happen to be happening on, “Oroborus” is suitably hypnotic, a languid jaunt in search of your third eye. The visuals, so crucial to the Ufomammut live show, should agree with all you Monday afternoon psychonauts out there just waiting for an opportune moment to light one up or take a slug of that earthy mushroom tea.

“Oroborus” from ORO: Opus Alter

Click here and out what’s on Ufomammut’s Decibrity Playlist.
Neurot Recordings

STREAMING: False “Heavy As A Church Tower”

By: Chris D. Posted in: listen On: Monday, July 9th, 2012

Last year, Gilead Media nailed it—”it” being something tangibly awesome—by releasing the Untitled EP by Minnesota black metal jaw-droppers False. With two songs spanning 12-minutes each, Untitled had the length to explore early Emperor-ian majesty, with a little of Gehenna’s mid-period key-centric nastiness, and Tombs’ dark hardcore tendencies. Well, False fans, black metal from the North Star State has evolved. No, they’re not doing Kraftwerk covers or Swedish folk songs, but with a new epic, this time spanning a fjord-like 18-minutes, False are proving they’re the best black metal band on nobody’s radar.

“Heavy As A Church Tower” comes off False’s split with Louisiana’s Barghest. While Barghest languish in low-fi, raw-as-raw black, False’s musical disposition stands defiantly in opposition. Of course, like the Untitled EP before it, the split will be limited to 800 copies on 180 gram black vinyl.

** False’s “Heavy As A Church Tower” appears on the split with Barghest. Out August 2012 on Gilead Media. On vinyl only, of course. Click HERE to pre-order.

VIDEO PREMIERE: Borknagar “The Earthling”

By: Chris D. Posted in: featured, videos On: Monday, July 9th, 2012


Lately, I’ve presented a few Borknagar gems that may make it seem like I’m partial to the Norwegian pagan/progressive/black-inspired metallers. I am, actually. OK, full disclosure: Borknagar’s been ruling my seven seas from the time when the then-unknown supergroup issued its debut album, Borknagar, and lead Borker Øystein G. Brun were penpals of sorts. The fact that both of us are still sailing masts-up after this long is a minor miracle, but that’s neither here nor there.

The first glimpse into a re-generated Borknagar was the premiere (not even worldwide) of new song, “Roots”. Classic Bork, with dual frontmen Vintersorg and Vortex opining heavily about the sorry state of Yggdrasil. That’s one way to hear it, anyway. The second treat was a digital fireside chat (think somewhere between the woods of Bergen and Schuylkill River, if you want to get picturesque) with Brun, wherein I try to pry detailed information about Urd—Borknagar’s new album—and deep philosophical stuff that’s already been answered by, at least, Scooby-Doo. Or was it Comte?

It appears the final Borknagar deluge arrives as a moving pictures-type gift. The premiere (yes, worldwide, even though it’s on YouTube) of “The Earthling” video. So, sit back, wish you were in Norwegian wood, and think not of this when Brun’s running afraid through a copse of spruce.

** Borknagar’s new album, Urd, is out now on Century Media Records. Order it HERE and get a free Viking drinking helmet. Actually, no, you won’t. You’ll just get killer music with a deep message. Or massage, depending on how you use the CD.

The Lazarus Pit: Uncle Slam’s Will Work for Food

By: Jeff Treppel Posted in: featured, lazarus pit, listen On: Friday, July 6th, 2012

Times are tough.

Welcome to The Lazarus Pit, a biweekly look at should-be classic metal records that don’t get nearly enough love; stuff that’s essential listening that you’ve probably never heard of; stuff that we’re too lazy to track down the band members to do a Hall Of Fame for.  In celebration of our nation’s birthday (if you live in the US, anyway), this week we go all patriotic on your asses, crossover-style, with Uncle Slam’s Will Work for Food (Restless).

Our nation was founded on freedom, the freedom to do what you wanted with your life.  If that freedom means being in a crossover thrash band well past that genre’s prime, so be it.  If it means using a really bad pun as said band’s name, awesome.  And if you want to pose on the back of the CD case thing like rejects from House of Pain, so much the better!  By those criteria, Uncle Slam were the freest of any of us – and to their credit, they did all those things better than most.

Featuring former members of Suicidal Tendencies and, somewhat inexplicably, Warrior (who may be gracing these pages somewhere down the line), Uncle Slam began life as a politically-minded thrash act called The Brood.  They released an album under that name, but there were like four other groups called The Brood, and none called Uncle Slam (wonder why), so they changed their name to the latter.  After an okay debut (mostly notable for its cheesy cyborg muscleman Uncle Sam cover art) in 1988, they took a five-year break before returning with 1993′s Will Work for Food (and hired Ed Repka to do the album art this time around).

Their list of influences shouldn’t surprise anyone with a passing familiarity with this sort of thing – they pretty clearly listened to a bunch of Corrosion of Conformity and Testament (besides paying attention while on stage with Suicidal).  Their appreciation for Testament’s legacy shows most apparently in the title track, which has echoes of that band’s “Practice What You Preach.”  “Roadkill” hits as hard and direct as its name, while “Cold Fire” slows things down (relatively speaking) to give you some time to catch your breath in the pit that “Left for Dead” and “Dominant Submission” whipped up.  Weirdly, their iconoclastic take on Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused” is one of the record’s highlights, these guys turning that song’s proto-punk into actual punk.

Despite how much ass this thing kicked, there just wasn’t much of a market for kind of generic crossover thrash in 1993 (as evidenced by the stylistic changes their main influences went through around that time).  They called it a day after one more record, 1996′s mediocre When God Dies.  Still, they left a cutout bin classic behind, a blast of antigovernment aggression that you can proudly play by the rocket’s red glare.

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Interview – Solothus

By: Dan Lake Posted in: featured, interviews, listen On: Friday, July 6th, 2012


In a recent dB article (issue #92), author Jeff Wagner opined that “there are too many death/doom bands out there these days.” Upon reading such a flagrantly deranged statement, I gagged on my mouthful of burrito, my left arm went all limp and tingly, and I blacked out for what might have been hours but probably didn’t even happen at all. In that moment, I resolved to burn my copy of Wagner’s fairly essential dissertation on the history of progressive metal (called Mean Deviation), or at least make a statement by telling people I burned it, then simply wrap it in some innocuous book jacket so I could leave it on my shelf and not have to buy it again later, which I would inevitably do because it’s pretty great.

Still, the sentiment should be silenced hard, and its originator should be assigned a penance of 50 Esoterics, inserting a Morgion at the end of each decade and finishing with 3 diSEMBOWELMENTs. The steady flow of corroded grime at the pace of a reanimated corpse is the only way to keep sane in a world where tuneless party trash can become hip radio hits when a girl with a nonsense name inserts a motherfucking dollar sign all up in her bull$hit. Vomiting up coagulated riffs thick with the chunks of self-digested gastrointestinal material should not only be allowed but applauded by you, me, and every other limp-armed, burrito-clogged, faux-blackout victim with a working pair of ears.

But I digress. Can I interest you in some death/doom? From motherfucking Finland? That’s like asking if you’d like some beer from Germany, cannoli from Sicily, or a wife from Thailand. Where else could it possibly come from? Solothus have only graced the world with a demo (Ritual of the Horned Skull) and a split containing the song that you can stream rightchere, but it’s enough for me to know that I want to hear more. Cuz who gives a damn what Wagner has to say? (Just playin’, Jeff – call me, okay?)

How did the band members get together and become Solothus?

Me and our drummer Santeri were in the same school, so we knew each other from there. I have known Veli-Matti, our guitarist, my whole life. One night at a local pub, me and Santeri were talking about metal and came to the conclusion that we must start a band. His little brother had drums that he didn’t use, so Santeri started playing with them. Veli-Matti was also in the first line up, but he lived far away,

so rehearsals were pretty hard to organize. We had numerous line ups through 2007 to 2010. In 2010 Veli-Matti moved to the same city where we live and Solothus got really serious. Early in the year 2011 Dario joined us as a bassist, making the line up solid. We knew Dario through some of our friends and he was actually a guitarist, but we needed a bassist. I used to play bass, so I loaned my stuff to him, so he could rehearse.


What did Solothus do in the years leading up to recording the Ritual of the Horned Skull demo?

Drink and jam. We had numerous line ups and mostly we would go to our rehearsal place and drink or just try to jam some cover songs, usually it didn’t work out at all. Like I earlier said, we weren’t that serious back then, me and Santeri aren’t musically genius at all… I always loved to write lyrics, but musically, I am pretty hopeless. But when Veli-Matti came to the picture, things changed dramatically. He had such a strong vision of what he wanted to do and all the riffs and music come out so naturally. After a few months of rehearsals we already had material for the demo. So we rehearsed the songs and went to the studio.

An American friend of mine recently visited Finland. Why doesn’t he now speak only in grim death growls? Are there people native to Finland who also don’t speak in continual death growls? If so, what the hell?

It is just the chosen few of us who can speak in “örinä” (grim death growls). At least the last time I checked in the local super market, they didn’t respond well to my death growls at the counter… Don’t know why really.

Who are you releasing a split with?

The other band is called Cataleptic. Brilliant band also from Finland. Both bands have two songs on the split. Cataleptic’s bassist Harri recorded and mixed our debut demo. He also recorded and mixed the whole split. A true genius in that kind of stuff and a pleasant guy! I have known the singer/guitarist Sami for some time already and we started talking about a split at some gig or something. Then it evolved into actually happening. We have always viewed Cataleptic as a sort of “big brother” band to us. We will also try to organize gigs where we both play when the split is out. It will be released through Witchhammer Productions later this year. No specific date yet.

What music/movies/books/art/whatever are you into right now? How is it affecting your creative process?

Our main composer Veli-Matti doesn’t acknowledge any outer inspiration really. There may be times when he watches a band play live and says something like, “that’s a cool thing to do, maybe we could make that thing a bit differently.” Mostly he just picks up a guitar and lets the inspiration come. Mostly he writes at night. Pretty cliché!

On the lyrical side I can be more specific. I first fell in love with heavy metal when I found the connection with fantasy literature and music. I am an avid reader of all kinds of fantasy literature, be it Howard’s Conan or Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms. First the lyrics of Solothus were pretty average gore stuff. Me and Veli-Matti had a conversation about what got us into loving this kind of music and metal in general, so I decided to write my lyrics in a more “fantasy” or “sword and sorcery” kind of way. I think it has worked really well with us, at least the other guys in the band don’t mind. At the moment, I listen to a lot of stuff I have always listened to: death, black and doom metal. Can’t really grow out of it, heh. I am a pretty “unchanging” man, if you will. What I have found good will not change.

Can you think of any current pop music that would be waaaayyyy better with super-grim Finnish death growls?

Hmm… Not really. I think I know more current pop music that should be dead though.

How often do you perform Solothus songs live?

As often as we can! We have had a bunch of awesome gigs and a tour with Coffins and Hooded Menace. It was one of the greatest things I have done in my life so far. We have already some gigs for the future and we try to have many more! We have only covered one song live and that was Manilla Road’s Veils of Negative Existence. Up the Hammers!

Do Solothus members focus on doom, or do you enjoy playing other music as well?

At the moment none of the members have any other bands than Solothus. We have decided that we can have side projects as long as they don’t interfere with Solothus. It must the main band at all times. Me and Dario have been planning to put up this black metal band and probably it will happen, but don’t know yet if it will be anything serious or not. I was also asked to sing in this grindcore project, but more on that when they have some material. But we do enjoy other kinds of metal as well, not just doom.

If any other countries adopted super-grim Finnish death growls for their own everyday use, which countries would you hope they would be?

Hmm, I think Sweden could adopt the death growls – they have so much awesome music! Of course it wouldn’t be as grim and frostbitten us our Finnish growls, eh?

What are your plans for the future of Solothus?

Solothus has great plans for the future. We have new material and will go to the studio to record an EP in the coming winter. Also, another split is not out of the picture, if some good band would join with us.

We will try and look for a label to release the EP. If we don’t find one, we will release it ourselves as a demo/promo. We try to get lots of gigs in the future too! Onwards to countless battlefields!

 Let Solothus death/doom you deeper at their bandcamp site.

Back Up in Them Guts

By: kevin.stewart-panko Posted in: featured, listen, tours, uncategorized On: Thursday, July 5th, 2012

deciblog - pmfs

While this isn’t really new news, as the original annoucement of noisy, melodic, post-everything-core quartet, Planes Mistaken For Stars reuniting for a quick East Coast summer tour was originally made back in May, the kick-off date draws closer, my friends. And seeing how memory retention is on par with attention spans these days, we here at the Deciblog are dropping a reminder in your crusty laps. Mainly because we’re afraid if we don’t, we’ll forget just as hard as you will.

Originally forming in 1997 and releasing three full-lengths – including their un-fuckwithable masterstroke, 2001′s Fuck With Fire - along with various singles and EPs before calling it quits in 2008, PMFS is yet another band basking in post-break-up popularity. They’re also adding fuel to the fire of my personal theory that no band will stay broken up forever. Hell, if the likes of Queen and The Who can keep going after all the mordid tales they’ve endured, then who’s to derisively point fingers at PMFS for returning because drummer Mike Ricketts felt the need to walk away after being overly irritated at the way guitarist/vocalist Gared O’Donnell’s farts thickened the air of the piece of shit van they used to tour in?*

Either way, the tour dates are below and you should also note that their 2006 album, Mercy (which was produced by Matt Bayles and ended up being their final full-length) is being reissued by No Idea to coincide with this reconvening. No word if this is going to spur any new material, so hearing old faves might be the beginning and end of it. Enjoy it while you can.

[* this may, or may not, be the actual cause of the band originally splitting up]

Planes Mistaken For Stars Summer Reunion Tour:
Aug. 4th Chicago @ The Ultra Lounge *^
Aug. 5th Lansing, MI @ Macs Bar *%
Aug. 7th Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Aug. 8th Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus ~&
Aug. 9th Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwells ~
Aug. 10th Blacksburg, VA @ We Got Brains! Fest #
Aug. 11th Washington, D.C. @ Red Room #
Aug. 12th Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter #
Aug. 14th Cincinnati, OH @ TBA
Aug. 15th Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail /

* = w/ Worn in Red
^ = w/ Angry Gods
% = w/ FenceMen
~ = w/ The Sun, The Moon, The Stars
& = w/ Model Home
# = w/ Regents
/ = w/ The Forecast, Lark’s Tounge, Angry Gods

STREAMING: Agalloch’s “Faustian Echoes”

By: zach.smith Posted in: featured, listen, tours On: Thursday, July 5th, 2012


At the end of March, Agalloch announced that it had completed work on new EP Faustian Echoes. The band had originally planned to release the effort—one 20+ minute song (the longest of its career) recorded live onto two-inch tape—on its upcoming US tour, but on Sunday, roughly a week before its first show, made it available for digital release on its bandcamp page (though for the time being the LP and CD versions will only be sold at shows). While the track spans the wide breadth of the band’s musical endeavors, the gorgeous guitar interplay with, and soloing over top of, the riff that comes in at 6:14 is an early highlight, as is Billy Anderson’s production, which captures the track’s live feel.

We’re beyond stoked that the band behind our favorite album of 2010 has put out a new track, but it was just as interesting (at least to us) to see the other material the band has made digitally available. Since Agalloch is well-known for having a treasure trove of sought after über-rare releases—check out this or this for starters—it’s nice to see Jon Haughm and company willing to make some of that material available to a wider audience at comparatively rock bottom prices. For example, you could either download both tracks from 2003′s Tomorrow Will Never Come EP for $2 or try your luck on eBay and find yourself paying over $200 for one of 500 copies of the 7″. It certainly seems like a win-win for the band, particularly given that it has never seemed interested in profiting on the insanely high prices people seem willing to pony up for their releases, instead letting secondary markets generate, and profit from, the markups.

As for its upcoming “Faustian Spirits” tour, the quartet has promised that it will be playing a rotating setlist of both new (presumably including its namesake) and old material. All dates below with Taurus:

7/11 in Portland, OR at Branx w/Eight Bells
7/12 in Seattle, WA at the Crocodile w/Eight Bells
7/13 in Vancouver BC at the Rickshaw w/Eight Bells
7/14 in Spokane, WA at The A Club w/Eight Bells
7/16 in Bozeman, MT at Zebra
7/17 in Denver, CO at Bluebird Theater w/Velnias
7/18 in Omaha, NE at Waiting Room w/Velnias
7/19 in Milwaukee, WI at Miramar Theater
7/20 in Chicago, IL at Reggie’s
7/21 in Ann Arbor, MI at Blind Pig w/Musk Ox
7/22 in Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom
7/23 in Toronto, ON at Opera House w/Musk Ox
7/24 in Montreal, QC at Petit Campus w/Musk Ox
7/25 in Boston, MA at Middle East
7/26 in Brooklyn, NY at Williamsburg Music Hall w/Musk Ox
7/27 in Philadelphia, PA at Underground Arts
7/28 in Springfield, VA at Empire
7/29 in Raleigh, NC at King’s Barcade
7/31 in Tampa, FL at Orpheum
8/01 in Atlanta, GA at The Earl
8/02 in Birmingham, AL at Bottletree w/Pallbearer
8/03 in New Orleans at One Eyed Jack’s w/Pallbearer
8/04 in Dallas, TX at La Grange w/Maleveller
8/05 in Austin, TX at Red 7
8/08 in Phoenix, AZ at Rhythm Room
8/09 in San Diego, CA at The Casbah w/Author & Punisher
8/10 in Los Angeles, CA at Echoplex w/Oskoreien
8/11 in San Francisco, CA at Great American Music Hall

*Photo by Veleda Thorsson

Happy 4 (20th) of July: SFU’s Chris Barnes On Herb and Hypocrisy

By: Posted in: featured, interviews, listen, lists On: Wednesday, July 4th, 2012


Sit back and hold your breath/Just let nature take effect.” So said death metal OG Chris Barnes in his Six Feet Under ode to marijuana “4:20.” In addition to death and murder tales, Barnes has been an unapologetic advocate for legalizing marijuana since the early days of his metal career.

Barnes has been riding high (literally and figuratively) since the release of Six Feet Under’s Undead, the best reviewed album since the band’s mid-90s inception. In honor of America’s birthday Barnes spoke to dB about why complete abolition of marijuana laws should remain a social priority. He also introduced a special SFU playlist that includes some of Six Feet Under’s best known songs about marijuana. Whether you are lighting a sparkler or a joint on this holiday take a minute to learn why Barnes is so passionate.

What’s your message about legalizing marijuana on the Fourth of July? Why is this important when we still have wars, arguments about abortion and the economy in the shitter?

It’s really important because freedom is important. Has everyone decided to give it all away? There’s no reason we’re at war now; it’s absurd. And it should be a woman’s choice to do what they want with their body. With all of these things we should remember that none of us are owned by the government, and you don’t have to do things because the government tries to scare you.

Who introduced you to marijuana?

I explored things on my own as a youngster. I was always interested in taking things to another level and exploring all parts of life. Smoking is a big part of my life. Really, it’s my religion. It’s everything to me. It’s a meditative thing. It takes me to a meditative state and lets me access my third eye a lot easier.

I remember seeing the NORML (National Organization for the Reform Of Marijuana Laws) contact information inside The Bleeding. You’ve been a longtime proponent of legalization. Outside of recreational use why do you think this is important?

I don’t like hypocrisy. That’s the heart of criminalizing cannabis. It makes no sense to any thinking person on the face of the planet, even those who don’t use cannabis. Anyone can see the hypocrisy in the laws. Millions of people think it should be changed and it will be changed very shortly. I honestly believe that.

What is your daily smoking ritual?

I smoke whenever I feel like it.

First thing in the morning like a cup of coffee?

For sure. I believe it’s beneficial to my health and think it’s kept me healthy all of these years.

Have you ever smoked too much?

No, getting too stoned isn’t really an issue, ever (laughs).

Is there a too stoned?

For me there isn’t. Definitely not (laughs).

Were you surprised when the California ballot measure to legalize marijuana across the board failed?

It’s basically legal there so it doesn’t really matter. Y’know, I think people are eventually just going to stand up and reject the laws and do what they want. There are people in the legal system saying we can’t put people in jail for marijuana anymore because we don’t have the room. And it’s got to be obvious to people in power that there are more people who smoke marijuana than don’t. What are you going to do, put everyone in jail?

Do you know of any egregious cases of people being put in jail for small amounts?

Well it happens every day, someone getting arrested with a joint after they have a few priors then getting sent over. That’s not right. It’s a legal loophole. There are a lot of fishy things about the law and people who make money off of keeping people in jail and keeping the system going.

What about the argument that people in the medical marijuana industry don’t want legalization because they are raking in big profits and stand to lose money if it is regulated and taxed?

I’m not worried about those people. I just think cannabis should be legalized across the board. I use it recreationally and for medicinal purposes. I don’t care about profits; I just want the plant to be available to people who need it or want to enjoy it. I’m not worried about the economy of it; my goal is to stop prohibition. It’s proven that alcohol and tobacco kill more people on this planet than anything else used recreationally. So why is that legal? Why is something that’s toxic pushed on Super Bowl ads that reach billions of people and we think it’s great? But then something that helps us is deemed bad and demonized and wrapped up in political bullshit? They are pushing something dangerous on us that kills us; just based on that people should wake up. It’s common sense. No one has ever died from smoking marijuana. You’d have to smoke 1,500 pounds in 15 minutes. And then you wouldn’t die from marijuana but from smoke inhalation.

Marijuana is a mind altering substance and the bottom line is that it’s not for everyone. Some people will have an adverse reaction.

There’s freedom of choice my friend. I don’t care what those people put into their bodies and they shouldn’t care what I put into mine. Don’t tell me what to put in my body. Don’t tell me I can’t use something that I think will help me. I don’t care what you put in your body, why do you care what I put in mine? That’s the bottom line. I don’t care what your do in you bedroom or put in your body so don’t peak into my personal business.

Connect with Chris Barnes and Six Feet Under here or follow Barnes on Twitter.

STREAMING: Exclusive premiere of Tankard’s “A Girl Called Cerveza”

By: adem Posted in: featured, heavy tuesdays, listen, liver failure On: Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012


Since we know that a few of you may be enjoying frosty barley pops and doing your best not to blow a limb off tomorrow while celebrating Independence Day, we figured a Tankard song premiere was in order. Yeah, don’t ask us how we got from Point A to Point B on that one, but just drink some more beer and we’re sure it’ll all start making sense.

We do know that that, like you, Tankard are pretty much looking for any excuse to crack one open and, uh, thrash. So, in addition to giving you a tasty little sip of the German quartet’s upcoming album, A Girl Called Cerveza (out on July 31 on Nuclear Blast), we got vocalist Andreas “Gerre” Geremia to give Old Glory a 4th of July salute with his Top 5 favorite American brews and the Tankard songs that best accompany them. Let’s just say that after 30 years of pounding cold ones, the brother has developed quite a palate.

5) Foster’s: Brewed in the U.S., but we still call it Australian. Best served nearly frozen. We say thank you, Miller, and put some Foster’s in the freezer. Therefore we have a story about leaving it in there too long called “Ice-olation.”

4) Black Radish: This dark lager by Weeping Radish has been chosen online as one of the “50 beers to drink before you die,” so we say, “Die With A Beer In Your Hand.”

3) Sam Adams Utopias: It is making us scream, “Need Money For Beer,” ’cause it is sold for about $150 a bottle.

2) Cave Creek Chili Beer: Our song “Running On Fumes” is very close to the motto of the [original brewer] Black Mountain. They say, “We Drink All We Can and Sell the Rest.” [Ironically, this beer is now made in Mexico by Tecate.]

1) Sam Adams Boston Lager: It’s widely distributed and it conforms to the German [brewing] purity law of 1516. The perfect [accompaniment] to the title track of our second album, Chemical Invasion, about our first commandment: “German beer’s among the finest/The beer is pure and chemical free.”

If that last one hasn’t further muddied the waters on this bizarre salute to beer drinking on the 4th by a German thrash metal vocalist, please allow us to present to you the title track of Tankard’s new album.