Saturday, January 10, 2009

Here Comes The Sun

Man, after all the bad news that's kicked off this year, it's about time there was some GOOD news to give Umlaut hope for the rest of the year.

After all the rumors and hushed, "off the record" chit chat at Umlaut social gatherings, it's finally been publicly announced: Shrinebuilder is a reality!

Dude, "supergroup" is an understatement.. The band's lineup features members of some now-legendary bands who were basically the decibel-fueled soundtrack for the original xeroxed Umlaut 'zine back in the hazy, crazy early-90's:

Wino (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, The Hidden Hand)- vocals
Scott Kelly (Neurosis) - guitar
Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om)- bass
Dale Crover (Melvins) - drums

HOLY SHIT! My ears are already ringing..

The band is currently working on pre-production for an album scheduled for release on Neurot Recordings this Summer. You can follow the project's progress via Scott's blog or via the Shrinebuilder MySpace page.

There is Hope through Volume.. Let this be the first of many blessings in 2009... and I dedicate this post to all the hipster kids who have no appreciation of the magnitude of this collaboration. To quote 'I Bleed Black' by Saint Vitus:

"I can tell by their eyes they're just a bunch of fucking unaware squares..."

In other related shit: Umlaut may drive a Prius, but part of him wishes he drove a Scion.. or could at least meet Scion's Marketing Dept.. because Scion is seriously METAL.. No joke.

(Trivia: Scion is a division of Toyota)

Scion not only sponsored a FREE High On Fire show in L.A. at the end of last year, but they're also hosting the FREE Scion Rock Fest in Atlanta on February 28th. The bill is BEYOND mindblowing:

The bill reads like Umlaut's CD collection... especially with Mastodon, Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, 1349, Torche, Wolves In The Throne Room, Harvey Milk, Kylesa, Skeletonwitch, and Warbringer.. Plus it's in a small 1,500 capacity venue.. WTF!? This.... bill... is... BEYOND... mindblowing.

Whoever is running the show at Scion is some kind of Metalhead... and, with forward thinking Satanic Marketing like this, U.S. car makers don't have a fucking chance despite the recent government bailout... 'cause Satan and METAL trumps God and New Country Music every time. "Built Ford Tough" is for pussies.

There is Hope through Volume, my friends.. There is hope.