Photo by: Kathleen Kennedy
Official press release:
Boiling forth from the inner depths of the Portland punk/metal scene, manic duo formed by two former members of Spectral Tombs, Satanarchist, arises with the band’s second album, First Against The Wall, set for independent release as the band sets out on a cross-Canada tour.
Writing music that embodies the band’s philosophies of atheism, Satanism and anarchism reflected in a sound that fuses black metal, anarcho-punk and thrash, Satanarchist creates unrelentingly fast riffs and rhythms in response to the proliferation and popularity of insufferably slow doom metal and a rejection of the reliance on gear and effects pedals to create weight and atmosphere at the expense of complex, interesting and engaging songwriting, using no effects or pedals beyond head distortion on a pair of ENGL Powerball guitar amps and a distorted Ampeg SVT bass rig.
The follow-up to their 2014-released Making Threats At Punks Again debut, on Satanarchist’s First Against The Wall brutalizer, drummer/lyricist Mark Nunziata and guitarist/vocalist John Edwards maintain a similar hybrid of rabid metal/punk styles as before, but the material exhibits a progression in the intricacy and complexity of the songwriting. The lyrics deepen into a more straightforwardly political realm addressing environmental devastation and ecological sustainability, the rise of fascism in U.S. politics, the damage wrought by the institution of religion, and the weight of death and loss. In addition to nine searing Satanarchist anthems, First Against The Wall comes to a finale with a cover of the macabre ballad “Silver Ships Of Andilar” by Texas country legend Townes Van Zandt.
Recorded and mixed by Fester at Haywire Studios (Usnea, Rabbits, Stoneburner) and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Obituary, Integrity, Nails), First Against The Wall is completed with artwork and design by FTG Illustrations based on a concept by Satanarchist. The unrelenting album will entice diehard death/blackthrash worshippers as well as devotees of unrelenting crust/d-beat punk and social activism.
Satanarchist will independently release First Against The Wall digitally and on CD on June 2nd.
Pre-orders for First Against The Wall and a stream of the opening track “Paradox” are now live at THIS LOCATION.
First Against The Wall track listing:
2. “Boil Alive”
3. “Tempest Of Sorrow”
4. “Be At Peace”
8. “Lent Is Theft”
10. “Silver Ships Of Andilar”
Directly in conjunction with the release of First Against The Wall, Satanarchist will embark on the first of several tours supporting the album. This Canada-only trek sees the band hitting cities across the majority of the country. The first leg of the tour sees Satanarchist alongside Spinesplitter, and the rest of the dates see them paired with Hard Charger. Watch for additional tour dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
5/26 – Charlottetown, PE | The Beer Gardens ^
5/27 – Halifax, NS | Gus Pub ^
5/28 – Moncton, NB | Claudes House ^
5/29 – Fredericton, NB | The Capital ^
6/01 – Fredericton, NB | Maniac Mansion *
6/02 – Quebec City, QC | Scanner Bistro *
6/03 – Ottawa, ON | House Of Targ *
6/04 – Peterborough, ON | The Garnet *
6/05 – Hamilton, ON | Doors Pub *
6/06 – Windsor, ON | The Windsor Beer Exchange *
6/07 – St. Catherines, ON | The Temple *
6/08 – Toronto, ON | Coalition *
6/09 – Montreal, QC | Fattal *
6/10 – Trois Rivieres, QC | Rock Le Stage *
* = w/ Hard Charger
^ = w/ Spinesplitter