Slaves BC – Third Temple (The Fear and the Void Recordings, 18 March 2020)
Hello from the Valley of Steel Quarantine Command Headquarters. Hoping that everyone is staying safe out there, wherever you are.
Personally, my coworkers and I had barely begun adapting to an entirely new accounting and ERP software system, which we had been preparing to implement for about the past year and a half, and which finally launched company-wide, a mere three days before the mandatory work-from-home proclamation went out. But as stressful and difficult as this has been for me, I know how fortunate I really am to have a job flexible enough to allow me to perform my duties from the safety of home — unlike so many folks who have to continue venturing out into the world, or so many others who simply aren’t able to work at all under these circumstances.
That’s always very important: to recognize the relative triviality of our own struggles when compared with those of other people; but especially in times of widespread crisis like this, we should all be asking ourselves what more we could be doing to lend a hand to those who might need it. This philosophy is perfectly embodied by local Pittsburgh band (and longtime friends of this website) Slaves BC, who released a brand-new song a few days ago accompanied by the following announcement:
With the global pandemic we are now facing, a lot of people are losing their jobs and are really struggling financially.
We were going to use this track for something else, but we decided to release it early to raise money to help people we love.
For the foreseeable future, any money paid for this track and all other releases by Slaves BC will go to friends in need.
Thank you for your support.
Wash your hands.
With each passing year, Slaves seem to be descending deeper and deeper into the realm of scathing blackened hellfire and fury — and we are all 100% here for it.
Although this newest release is just over four minutes long, it takes the listener on a whirlwind of a journey over that limited span. The tortured howl, clearly originating from a place of genuine pain and despair, that bursts forth within the first second of the song serves as a warning cry: although the tempo of the riffs may vary (with each change liable to induce whiplash, regardless of whether it’s increasing or decreasing), the sense of misery and dread rushing forth from the speakers (or headphones) will never relent.
“Third Temple” is on sale at Bandcamp for only a buck (right here), but please consider donating a higher amount if possible.
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