Slaves BC are a filthy, doomy blackened hardcore band – immerse yourself in the murk
Perhaps the single greatest joy in a metalhead’s life is discovering new, sexy music – especially when the band is just on the verge of breaking out. It’s like ice cream on a hot summer afternoon. Or beer. Whichever you prefer.
Recently, I was lucky enough to come across the Pittsburgh band Slaves BC, who throw their giant hairy basslines around like supersoaker spray on a campus quad. Mostly it gets in your ears, but a little bit gets in your face as well. It’s a wet T-shirt contest of bellowing, angry wookies, and everyone’s invited to watch!
This band, who describes their music as “doomy blackened-hardcore,” reminds me a bit of Red Fang or Grizzly mixed with the time-hating impetuosity of Buried Inside. A four piece band, they have taken the unusual route of letting their drummer also do vocals. Which, unless I’m mistaken, is both insane and not recommended by your physician. Though I can’t really argue with the results.
So far, the band has released a demo, a phenomenal EP, and a split with Cousin Sleaze, all of which are available on Bandcamp. The demo is good, but the production is a bit spotty on some tracks—which is to be expected since it’s a demo.
I personally would recommend you start with the three-track EP We Mean Nothing. My notes on the EP read thusly: “Goddamn, this EP is some hot fucking milkshake business all up in my ears like drowning in lava. I wanna inject it into my nuts so I can cum it all over my fat, hairy belly.”
Their half of the split with Cousin Sleaze is excellent as well, and they have vinyl available for those of you who like that sort of thing.
Now, I’m not going to say that you’re wasting your life if you don’t inject this music into your reproductive organs, but I will say that you are missing out on some prime genital stimulation.
The band has created two videos for We Mean Nothing. The first is for “Everything Is Meaningless”, a simple black-and-white video of the band rocking out. Normally, I don’t really go for “rocking out” videos, but there’s a raw intensity here that really appeals to my reptilian brain.
The other video (for a track called “Armageddon“) doesn’t feature the band at all, and seems to be made from public domain clips of old silent films concerned with war and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
The band is working on new music as well, with a new split nearly finished and plans to record a full-length soon.
If you want to get some music from the band, check out their Bandcamp page. You can also follow them on Facebook where they will occasionally send you pictures of their chest hair (this may or may not be a lie).
Finally: this is their bassist performing. Isn’t that the most metal metal-face you’ve ever seen?! Thank me later.