DOWNLOAD: Book of Black Earth - "Cross Contamination" (MP3)
After two-plus years away from the studio (and one BV SXSW day party) Book of Black Earth is back with another crusty blackened thrash LP in The Cold Testament, the follow-up to 2008's Horoskopus. The Seattle band's latest effort, due on May 24th via Prosthetic Records and on vinyl via Inimical Records, features eight tracks of unrelenting, crust-ridden blackened pummel accentuated with buzzsaw guitars courtesy of producer Chris Common (Pelican, The Sword). Feel the arctic blast of the deceptively melodic burner "Cross Contamination", which is making its premiere in this post. Download it above. Stream it below, and preorder The Cold Testament on CD via Prosthetic.
Outside of his time as a member of Book of Black Earth, vocalist/guitarist TJ Cowgill has a few different balls in the air. Currently, Cowgill is serving as founder/head conjurer for clothing label Actual Pain, who recently released their Spring line. The ex-Teen Chtulu madman also has a solo project in King Dude, who released the Tonight's Special Death LP in August of last year. The King Dude project mirrors apocalyptic folk like Current 93 or Death In June, and contains less of the blasting distorted guitars that serve as the basis for BOBE. Stream King Dude's latest LP below and check out his bandcamp for more details.
Cowgill also runs Wall of Dogs, a cassette label that released the Cross tape (Cowgill is a member of the blackened band) as well as a forthcoming release from Tit Pig. Stream "Acid Bath" by Tit Pig below, a track that effectively straddles the line between stoner-blues and hardcore fury, and look for the new cassette when it drops via the label.
So far no tour dates for BOBE, but that will undoubtedly change and soon. Until then, check out the tracklisting for the new LP, the song stream, and some live video of the band performing the new tracks "I See Demons" and "Research and Destroy" below...
Book of Black Earth - Cross Contamination
Tit Pig - "Acid Bath"
Book of Black Earth - The Cold Testament Tracklisting
Weight of the World
Research and Destroy
Road Dogs From Hell
I See Demons
Tonight's Special Death by King Dude
Book of Black Earth - I See Demons - 2010 Capitol Hill Block Party
Book of Black Earth - Research and Destroy - 2010 Capitol Hill Block Party