When this popped into my email, I knew that I HAD to check it out. And, lo and behold, it’s exactly the type of thing that I should be sharing with you, my horror loving readers. Dutch death metal band Grand Supreme Blood Court have released the cover artwork for their upcoming debut album Bow Down Before The Blood Court, which comes out Nov. 20th in N. America (Nov. 12th in Europe) via Century Media Records. The album was mixed by Dan Swanö (Bloodbath, Edge Of Sanity) The bloody and violent cover can be seen below.
Grand Registrar Zuur states, “Finally, the BLOOD COURT has become a real and totally devastating band! While some might sneer at the similarities with the ASPHYX line-up, as soon as you listen to this beast of an album you will realize that with Eric and me on guitar, GSBC musically takes another route and offers a different kind of riffing and some sick yet harmonic, epic pieces. No matter if you’re into ASPHYX or any of the other bands related to the BLOOD COURT, we invested enough blood, spirit and energy into this record to know that it will not disappoint anyone into straight-forward, face-melting death metal. No compromises.” READ MORE
Composer and multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN has firmly established himself worldwide as driving force in progressive rock. While best known for his rock opera project AYREON, the multi-talented Dutchman also regularly embarks on musical side projects, which explore different aspects of Lucassen’s musical personality. As his previous project (GUILT MACHINE’s “On This Perfect Day” 2009) was a relatively relaxed and subtle affair, LUCASSEN’s muses responded by urging him to record something loud, heavy and anything but subtle for this new release. Thus it was a perfect opportunity to launch his musical spacecraft towards the galaxy of bombastic sci-fi rock by revisiting his STAR ONE project.
The result is the album “Victims of the Modern Age,” the follow-up to the STAR ONE debut album, “Space Metal” (2002). Compared to “Space Metal,” the overall sound of “Victims Of The Modern Age” is darker, heavier, more guitar-oriented, and slightly less “spacey”. ARJENhas also raised the bar significantly when it comes to the album’s sound: “I think it’s my best sounding album to date; it’s a huge difference compared to the first STAR ONE. For the guitars I spent weeks experimenting with different amps and settings in every combination imaginable — and it was worth it. The drums sound fantastic, and the vocalists all outdid themselves, putting in even stronger performances than they did the first time around.”