BLACK PESTILENCE Announces Western Canadian Tour Dates
L-R - Daniel Toews - Guitar, Valax - Bass & Vocals, Davey Hellfire - Drums Photo Credit - Wikked Twist Media
Calgary's Black Pestilence announces they will be hitting the road this coming September for tour dates with Citizen Rage. The Western Canadian tour will kick off with a hometown show on September 15th at Dickens and see the two bands pillage across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, where they will wrap up the eight-date tour in Winnipeg, MB on September 23rd (dates listed below)
Black Pestilence will be on tour supporting their seventh full-length album "Chaotic Wisdom" being unleashed on September 8th.
Conjured by bassist/vocalist Valax, Black Pestilence was founded in 2008, initially as a one-man studio project that would evolve into a three-piece band and has remained in that form. To date, they have offered an impressive discography, six full-length albums, and two EPs, and now in 2023, their next studio release “Chaotic Wisdom” further expands on lyrical themes including LaVeyan Satanism, current events, social issues, and the glorification of the epicurean lifestyle.
The first single off the album, “The Devil’s Connection” is now out accompanied by a music video, which can be seen and heard below. Valax shares his thoughts on the track:
“The Devil’s Connection addresses the advantages of having an open mind. As esoteric as some scenarios might be, it will allow one to adapt to any situation. ”
Watch and listen to their music video for “The Devil’s Connection” at https://youtu.be/bhEBrCdP2ao
On the band's new album “Chaotic Wisdom”, Black Pestilence sounds a bit darker and more analog. According to Valax, fans will get the same infectious sound this band is known for but with a different style of production. For example, they used various different mic techniques for recording the guitars, which added a very different overall sound. Each member of the trio spent more time recording their parts, which results in a much better performance than its predecessor.
Black Pestilence started out as very chaotic black metal with small hints of punk rock and lots of noise. After, it slowly evolved into a punk rock structure with black metal vocals. Now it is much more catchy with shorter song lengths. Their chaotic black metal ’n’ roll is recommended for fans of Midnight, Toxic Holocaust, and Impaled Nazarene.
“Chaotic Wisdom” is due out on September 8, 2023, and available for pre-order at https://blackpestilence.bandcamp.com.
Tour Dates w/ Citizen Rage Sept 15 - Calgary, AB - Dickens Sept 16 - Red Deer, AB - The Vat Sept 17 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room - Temple Sept 18 - Drumheller, AB - Neighbors Pub Sept 19 - Saskatoon, SK - D'Lish Cafe (All Ages) Sept 21 - Regina, SK @ TBA Sept 22 - Brandon, MB - East Side Eatery Sept 23 - Winnipeg, MB - Bulldog Events Centre
Track Listing: 1. Mortal Rift (3:29) 2. A Life of Evil (3:06) 3. The Devil’s Connection (3:29) 4. Chaos and Carnality (3:18) 5. Aspect of Darkness (3:06) 6. Infernal Might (feat. Mark Russell) (2:35) 7. Animus (5:50) Total Length: 24:53
"“Crushing” is indeed the first word that comes to mind when hearing the massive mauling tones of the riffs (The Devil's Connection), like rock being excavated by some humongous machine. That machine drives forward with snapping punk beats, laced with a sinister yet glorious guitar melody. The music itself also becomes more vicious as the riffs start rapidly jabbing and then seething. But the music also channels darker and more despairing moods, before those two solos kick up the pulse and transform the music into an experience of evil ecstasy. The thing turns out to be a very catchy beast too." - No Clean Singing
“A recent discovery that has tickled the excitement nerves in my jaded and encrusted ear drums is Calgary’s Black Pestilence. Their take on black metal incorporates old-school thrash and punk and if you listen closely you can hear the smatterings of plain ol’ rock ‘n’ roll and swaths of noise and is a sound that has been explored and nurtured since the band formed as a one-man project in 2008. The band’s handlers claim those fans of Toxic Holocaust, Impaled Nazarene, Municipal Waste, Midnight and Cradle of Filth unconcerned with genre boundaries will enjoy Black Pestilence and we have to say the nail has certainly been hit on the head in that regard. Additionally, fans of image and theatrics will find value in the band’s aesthetic which owes to a collision of black metal, goth rock and Judas Priest’s wardrobe and fashion sense. ” – Decibel Magazine
“Hail the Flesh is a nice, quick, in and out style album. There’s no messing around, there’s no overly extended bridges or songs that overstay their welcome. This is a 9 track album that only spans 34 minutes of constant, hard hitting riffs, blasts, and downright aggressive and dominative vocals. Even the final track on the album, “Ephemeral”, which nearly reaches 7 minutes in play time feels fresh the whole way through. ” – Metal Injection
“an album that really has a surprisingly wide range within the black/thrash/punk style so if you love that sort of black and roll aggressive metal, then “Hail The Flesh” will be an album for you.” – The Rockpit
“Calgary, Canada’s Black Pestilence bring a fresh take to the sound, though. Hail The Flesh, the band’s sixth full-length album is a blackened crossover punk-thrash album. It sounds old school, yet very 2000s at the same time…. Municipal Waste, Impaled Nazarene, Toxic Holocaust fans take notice.” – Heavy Music Headquarters
“They really don’t have another gear beyond ‘top’ which makes for a splitting headache of heavy but one that satisfies. After all there are only 9 tracks and as Godless spits and snarls, Frauds to the Throne exudes filthy groove, My Will to Power rages hard and Ephemeral drags the suffering out, the over-riding thought is Black Pestilence have impressed.” 8/10 – Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
“Honestly, anyone with the remotest interest in Black ‘n’ Thrash, Black ’n’ Roll or even just plain old Thrash is going to love this album. It is a blisteringly addictive listen. The skilfully fluid ways that all these genres are melded is both brilliant and compelling as well as being lyrically inspiring.” – MetalTalk.net
“First things first, it’s not every day you hear black metal as fun as this! That is partly because of the exciting thrash and not-so-serious punk influences, but also because the songwriting is very strong. ” 4/ 5 – The Independent Voice
“dirty, punky Black/Thrash that occasionally makes feedback noises and consistently slaughters everything in its path.” 4/5 – The Metal Crypt