Slowdeath releases are now available from Century Media Records and Relapse Records mailorder.

  A New cd is finished. It is entitled "A Rising Tide of Anger". It was recorded at Magic Garden Mastering with Dave Tweed co-producing. Copies will be available soon. Until then, there are MP3's on the Noise page.

  The New cd is entitled "NewDeadlySin" and a final mix has been completed. Dave Tweed has once again lent his golden ears to the product. Drummer Bill Garbe whacked drums for us this time. The finished product is a little bit cleaner than the 1st album. 11 songs in just over 20 minutes. It's not as short as "Blood Guts and Pussy", but we're trying.

  Slowdeath are now rehearsing for live shows in the Southern California area. Guitarist Johnny Saletra has joined the lineup. John is a godsend in terms of playing ability and motivation. I first played with John in bad thrash bands in Ohio 15 years ago, so he and I are down for the long haul. Our immediate plans are to re-create a 20 minute apocalypse live.

   Work progresses on the new LP. It's about half written. It should be recorded by the end of the year. The songs are of the same style as the 12 Anthems release-minimalist and heavy . It'll probably be limited to 10 songs, and around 20 minutes. If there's one thing that I dislike, it's an album or live show where I'm bored half way through it, and there's still 30 minutes to go. That's the main reason why the first Slowdeath LP is only 22 minutes long.
   I've been listening to some of the songs on 12 Anthems for close to 4 years now. I just popped it in yesterday in the car and listened to it all the way through. I couldn't be more pleased with the way it turned out, warts and all. Dave Tweed's ears are fucking golden, and we could never have done it without him at the helm, recording. He should be in Hollywood, engineering records full of rich, tube-amp driven brown tones, not in a basement recording studio in Columbus, Ohio, lingering in obscurity.

   The songs on 12 Anthems were written in the order that they appear on the album, strangely enough. As I said, there are songs on the LP that are 4 years old, so there is a significant amount of time between when the first songs and last songs were written. I think thais allows the songs to breathe a bit.

   Cleveland metal gods Boulder just came through town and rocked the Garage in Hollywood. They're one of the few bands keeping The Rock real. If you haven't heard them, you should immediately buy "Ripping Christ" from www.bouldersragers.com. This cd collects their first few demos and 7" 's and the 555 10" which are all godly.

It's depressing going into Amoeba Records in Hollywood. Everywhere I look, there are releases from new punk/death metal, nu metal, or other bands that I've never heard of, and it's all the same. It's so depressing and overwhelming that it makes me want to take up knitting in an act of rebellion. No. Actually, it makes me want to distill all the hatred that I feel for bad music into songs. "Let thy speech be better than silence or be silent"- Dionysius the Elder. I think that when slowdeath becomes less interesting than silence, I will silence it. 

In the meantime, there are a few albums that capture a certain power that every fan of The Rock  should know about. These are the 13 drugs that I reach for when everything looks black.

In no particular orde:

1. The F.U.'s  "My America"
2. SS Decontrol "Get it Away"
3. English Dogs "Forward Into Battle"
4. At The Gates "Slaughter of the Soul"
5. Skitsystem  "Ondskans Ansikte"
6. Boulder "Ripping Christ"
7. Entombed "Wolverine Blues"
8. Siege "Drop Dead"
9. Totalitar "Sin Egen MotstÂndare"
10. Slayer "Reign in Blood"
11. Misfits "Walk Among Us"
12. Agnostic Front "Victim in Pain"
13. Minor Threat "Minor Threat"


The "12 Anthems" cd was recorded in December, 2001 at Lollipop Studios in cold Columbus Ohio over a period of three days. Jeff Shirilla from the Ohio stoner rock band Abdullah played drums on it.