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Transmission 7.2.2012

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by everythingwentblack

I hit Martyrdoom Fest this weekend with Mike Scondotto. Mainly, I was there to see Dead Congregation play, but there were several other bands on the bill that I was interested in seeing. I missed Evoken and Encoffination, but caught Sanguis Emperem and Grave Miasma, both delivering intense sets. As I watched the death metal mayhem unfold, the idea that if Immolation, Morbid Angel and Incantation hadn’t existed, this whole scene would vanish. I don’t mean that in a negative way, it’s just a testament to how deeply those three bands have impacted the underground death metal scene.

Andrew and I have been busy writing new material; we haven’t done any shows since the run of dates with Ulcerate; it feel like a lifetime has passed since we’ve played live. The summer will be mostly downtime for us, spent working on new jams, we’re hoping to be back on the road in the fall. This weekend we’re going to be heading up to Boston to track two songs with our old friend Tim. One of the songs, ASHES, will be released as part of the Decibel flexi-disc series so for those of you who are subscribers to that publication, you’ll be received a new Tombs song. The other is a cover of “Heroes / Helden” by David Bowie. Most of you have probably heard the track, but there is a great alternate version of the song that came out on the soundtrack for the German film Christiane F. That’s the version we’re recording.

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Transmission 5.19.2010

Posted in The Trip, Tombs, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 19, 2010 by everythingwentblack

We leave for the Isis tour in a little over a week.  It’s a short run, but I’ll take it over sitting home and working a job.  I’ve been looking forward to it as soon as we were offered the slot; it felt like the old days, my phone rang, I was asked if we would be into hitting the road together and that was pretty much the end of the story.

As usual, I’m starting to enter the pre-tour anxiety trip of trying to get everything squared away before we leave.  We have a few rehearsals left before we ship out, there’s a lot of logistical issues involved with this run such as flights, van and equipment and the added challenge of Maryland Death Fest.  It’s all good stuff and I don’t want to complain,  we’re fortunate that we have these opportunities.

There’s been a lot of death lately, on a personal level and also in the “celebrity” arena with Frank Frazetta and Ronnie James Dio passing away.  I listened to “Man on the Silver Mountain” from “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and went right into the Sabbath records “Mob Rules” and “Heaven and Hell.”  I can’t reconcile the fact that I never saw Dio live.  That chance slipped away.

That leads into a bigger lesson: don’t wait until tomorrow or the next day to do something.  Do it.  Do it hard and with intensity.

I’ve been dealing with a lot of exhaustion, depression and overall melancholy these past weeks but I guess the important thing is that as long as you’re breathing, you can turn it around.  Sometimes, life feels so long and painful, bu the reality is that we don’t have very much time on this planet, so it’s our responsibility to get as much in as possible.

Transmission 5.16.2010 Ronnie James Dio

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 17, 2010 by everythingwentblack

Ronnie James Dio passed away this morning at 07:45. Initially I thought it might be a hoax, but sadly, it’s the truth. I never saw Dio play live and now I never will.
I remember hearing Dio first when he fronted Sabbath on the “Heaven and Hell” record, back in the 80’s when I was a kid. As a matter of fact, that was the first Black Sabbath record I had heard. This older dude that I knew played it for me and it blew me away. I later discovered that he had been in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and another band called Elf, prior to being Sabbath’s singer. I have been a fan ever since, checking out all of his solo material, “Dehumanizer”, his return to Sabbath and finally Heaven and Hell.
The thing that impressed me most with Ronnie James Dio, aside from his stentorian voice, was that he continued on, recording and touring, for the rest of his life. He died at 67 years of age leaving behind a mighty legacy of music.