On Earth or In Hell
Release: 28 September 2023
“The largest, loudest expression of BLACK ABSINTHE’s upcoming album, ‘On Earth Or in Hell’, sets a more serious tone, casting the good time party anthems aside for our latest release.
Our blend of Thrash and N.W.O.B.H.M came together for this song. A distinct Black and Death metal twin vocal attack, of Jack Cerre (Lead Vocals and Guitar) and Fernando Villalobos (Drums and Vocals) drive the aggressive melody. The lyrics (written by Fernando) came to the band in full, a sharp, and poignant reaction to the shocking revelations of our country’s past. The razor’s edge of the verses pound with double kick and snarling guitar tone. The soaring lead guitar (Jack) uplifts the listener from the onset, and slams them back down to earth following the ripping solo section. The rock solid rhythm of Kyle Scarlett (Bass) carries the solo section with an aggressive tone, utilizing a stripped down approach, reflective of a true power trio sound found throughout the record.
This album is unique in its character because of our new line up, with a visionary team of producers and artists, all working in collaboration.” BLACK ABSINTHE are preparing to unveil their first single and title track from their upcoming album with a charity show in support of the IRSSS (Indian Residential School Survivors Society) at the Doors Pub Hamilton on September 29th, 2023.”
Beginning with a sense of foreboding anticipation, multiple guitar leads weave together in the intriguing introduction before emerging into the first verse. “On Earth or In Hell” is a brutal onslaught of rhythmic delights, fast-paced percussion and demonic harsh vocals. The track ebbs and flows between guitar-driven sections, changes in power dynamics and technical intricacies that manifest across the different instrumental parts. Fuelled with the fire of historical injustice, lyrically BLACK ABSINTHE tackle their dark narrative head on with a vicious and heavy accompaniment.
About BLACK ABSINTHE:
Formed in the underground dungeons and dives of Toronto’s metal scene, BLACK ABSINTHE is a Canadian contemporary heavy metal band. Since 2011, BLACK ABSINTHE has performed, recorded, and reached new fans all over Canada. Presenting a mix of thrashing mosh pits and riff heavy anthems, their growing presence in the diverse heavy music scene, unifies classic metal grandeur, speed-demon rhythm sections, soaring solos, with modern technicality. Over the course of three EP’s and one LP, Early Signs of Denial (2016), BLACK ABSINTHE has continued to grow and experiment on its NWOBHM influences while maintaining the intensity of the contemporary heavy metal genre. The band draw influences from the likes of GOJIRA, MASTODON, SLAYER, and MOTÖRHEAD, to name a few.
In 2019, founders Jack Cerre and Kyle Scarlett proudly welcomed Fernando Villalobos (Ex-SLUDGEHAMMER) into the fold. BLACK ABSINTHE continues to carve their own path with performances across Canada and have brought new material to fans in Montreal, Newfoundland, and Toronto. Most recently opening for TOWER, FIREBREATHER, and WITCHROT.
In 2020, the band began laying the groundwork for their latest album On Earth or In Hell. In 2021 the band began pre-production demos with JC Sandoval (THE CROOKED, WE THE CROOKED). As producer, he oversaw the entire project, also engineering vocals and bass. In February 2022, the band engaged Juno-nominated producer Tyler Williams of Monolithic Productions (LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT, LUTHARO, SLUDGEHAMMER) to co-produce, engineer drums and guitar, and mix the album. The album is slated for an early 2024 release.
BLACK ABSINTHE is:
Jack Cerre (Vocals/Guitar)
Kyle Scarlett (Bass)
Fernando Villalobos (Drums/Vocals/Lyrics)
Written by: BLACK ABSINTHE
Performed by: BLACK ABSINTHE
Produced by: J.C. Sandoval
Co-Produced by: Tyler Williams
Mixed by: Tyler Williams at Monolithic Productions (https://www.monolithicproductions.com/)
Drums and Guitar Engineered by: Tyler Williams
Bass and Vocals Engineered by: J.C. Sandoval
Mastered by: Lasse Lammert at LSD-Studio (http://www.lasselammert.com/)
Single Artwork: Darrin Crosgrove
Photography: Michael Jari Davidson
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