Entries tagged with: Scott Carlson
by Rob Sperry-Fromm
Japanese doom band Church of Misery have a new album on the way. It's called And Then There Were None, and it comes out March 4 via Rise Above Records (pre-order). We're premiering its first single, which is called "Make Them Die Slowly". You can stream that below.
The band is now something of a Japanese/American supergroup. Following 2013's Thy Kingdom Scum, original member Tatsu Mikami put together a new lineup that includes Repulsion frontman Scott Carlson on vocals and members of Blood Farmers and Earthride. It's the first time Carlson did lead vocals for an album since Repulsion's legendary debut.
The fact that the members track their stuff from different continents doesn't take a shred of immediacy from the music; "Make Them Die Slowly" is demonically skillful doom metal. It reminds me of the recent Agoraphobic Nosebleed stuff in the way the grooves seem almost genetically engineered to get the most hardened riff-snobs to immediately let their guard down. This is Sabbath worship at its finest, the kind that doesn't make that designation sound pejorative. It simply hits you in the gut and keeps hitting you until you're grooved out.
No word yet on tour dates yet. Stream "Make Them Die Slowly" below...
Scott Carlson of Repulsion at The Power of The Riff 2010 (more by Adam L Murray)
A band pours its heart and soul into its music. Not many people give a shit. Band breaks up and its members decides to pursue other paths in life. Fast forward some years, key people discover this thought-to-be-lost music, go nuts over it. People ape from the band, sing their praises. Band gets back together, maybe with a new member or two in tow, and plays to more people in one night than they had in their formative days. Given such reception, band plays gigs in areas they couldn't reach before. Cheers are had by all.
Heard this before? It's a bit too common in metal and hardcore. Repulsion are definitely one of those lucky victims. The band was ahead of its time -- they were pushing thrash and punk into limits that would become the blueprints for grindcore music. Of course, there wasn't "grindcore" when Repulsion were first around. They were just playing metal much faster, nastier, and louder than their peers. The bands they've influenced are too numerous to list -- hell, Black Breath took their name from a Repulsion song. When Horrified, their first and most revered demo, was finally released in 1989 through Carcass' Necrosis Records, the band had already broken up. Since reuniting in the early aughts, with Marissa Martinez and Col Jones of Cretin joining original members Scott Carlson and Matt Olivo, they've played some well-received reunion gigs. Repulsion was even recently used in a study on music in the workplace! Sometimes, the second act of your life can be the best. And with a record as classic as Horrified? Repulsion deserves it.
Repulsion are playing the upcoming Power of the Riff East, joining on to the second day (9/2) with Sunn O))), Winter, Coffinworm, and more. Read our chat with Carlson below.
If you missed it, POTR recently added Hoax in place of Poison Idea, and tickets are on sale for Saturday and Sunday (now with a free screened poster for the event), OR you can purchase the newly released set of two-day passes that come with a free Southern Lord vinyl pack that contains an LP or 7" and various other SL offerings.
Interview is below.