Cleveland, Ohio doom rockers VENOMIM JAMES have released a new single called “33rd Degree” via Auburn Records. The single is currently available through iTunes, Amazon and other major digital distributors.
This is the second VENOMIM JAMES single to feature vocalist Mike Martini. The first single, “Sailor’s Grave”, was released last summer and received a very positive response.
Martini was officially announced as VENOMIM JAMES’ new vocalist this past July, replacing original vocalist Jim Meador.
“’33rd Degree’ alludes to the secret societies of the world,” says Martini. “The behind-the-scences decision makers. The thieves of the ancient Sumerian texts and information. The info that was supposed to help all of humanity, but was used against humanity.”
“The song was born from jam sessions,” adds guitarist Joe Fortunato. “The more we jammed on the riffs, all of the pieces evolved into a song that showcases everything we are at this point in time. A classic VENOMIN JAMES track that stands along everything we’ve ever recorded. A small amount of chaos, a small amount of order — total sonic meltdown!”
VENOMIN JAMES, founded in 2006, is a doom metal band known for heavy riffs and intricate musical arrangements in the vein of BLACK SABBATH and “desert rock” bands like KYUSS and UNIDA. They have released two full-length albums, “Crowe Valley Blues” and “Left Hand Man”, and are currently signed to Auburn Records. Original drummer Jared Koston passed away from cancer while the band was in the midst of recording their third album, “Unholy Mountain”. To date, his final recordings have not been released.
VENOMIN JAMES had a feature spot at the 2011 Wacken Open Air festival in Germany and plays out extensively on the regional club circuit. The band’s next live appearance will be on the WJCU 2014 Radiothon benefit concert, set to take place February 15 at the Agora Ballroom in Cleveland.
VENOMIN JAMES is:
Joe Fortunato – Guitar
Serpent Reaper”, the new video from Cleveland, Ohio-based thrashers SOULLESS, can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s fourth full-length album, “In Death’s Grip”, which was released on April 23 via Auburn Records. The video was directed by Kristoff Bates for Black Arts Media. It was filmed on location in Cleveland at the House Of Wills, an abandoned former funeral home built in the early 1900’s and rumored to be a place of very active paranormal activity.
“You have to see this place to believe it”, says Auburn Records president Bill Peters. “It’s a massive structure that was originally built in 1900 as a German opera house. 35 rooms in an abandoned funeral home with multiple basements, attics, hidden passageways, rotting floors, unexplained cold temperatures, no water or electricity, empty caskets and a crematorium. It looks as if the funeral home owners literally left in the middle of the night some 20 years ago. Many of their things are still there. This is officially the creepiest and craziest place I have ever been to in my life. The real deal in horror. Words cannot even begin to describe. Being locked up in that place for two full nights was a mind altering experience – let me tell you! The smell of evil is everywhere. The perfect location for a SOULLESS video shoot.”
Asked his opinion about the strongest material on “In Death’s Grip”, vocalist Jim Lippuci doesn’t hesitate, “‘Serpent Reaper’ is one of my favorites. I utilized some lyrics I had kicking around, a ghost story. The name actually comes from a nickname that a friend of our guitarist Wayne (Richards) gave me. I have no idea what it means, but thought it sounded cool as Hell, so I incorporated it into the song. That one has all the stuff we like about SOULLESS. It has melody, slower parts, faster stuff. Most people agree, that’s one of the stronger songs on the album.”
“In Death’s Grip” was recorded by SOULLESS bassist David Johnson at Bad Back Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. The cover illustration was done by Matt Cavotta. Jim Lippucci handled the design and layout.
“In Death’s Grip” track listing:
01. Vindictae Dei (Intro)
The album is distributed in North America by CD Baby, Century Media, The End, Sentinel Steel, Amazon and iTunes.
“Younger kids might call us death metal,” adds Lippucci, “but I’d say we’re sort of German thrash meets IRON MAIDEN. It’s not brutal, in the death metal sense, and there’s no breakdowns. We grew up on the original thrash movement. Back in the day, you didn’t have the delineation of the music. POSSESSED, VENOM, EXODUS, they were all just called ‘thrash.’ We try to have a couple songs on each record that also have some doomy parts. We love TROUBLE and try to pay homage to our predecessors.”
SOULLESS will be appearing at this year’s sold out Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 1-3 in Wacken, Germany. This will be SOULLESS’ first time performing live overseas. It has been their dream to play in Europe one day since forming the band in 1997.
“Germany has a reputation for fine metal and even finer ales, lagers and dunkels”, says Lippucci. “These are the things we find best in life. We are incredibly excited to have the opportunity to take our little freak show abroad, not only to sample the noble culture of this amazing country, but also to show them that our little corner of the world can bring the steel as well. Teutonic Thrash über alles!”
Wayne Richards – Guitar
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