Up until now, Calgary, Canada, has really only ever been known for the Calgary Stampede, kind of a week-long rodeo where Canuck rednecks gather to drink beer and ride cows and stuff. That is before the arrival of the new album, Hail the Flesh, by Calgarian metal maniacs Black Pestilence. Now you can add some killer headbanging and doggy roping to Calgary’s claim to fame.
Over the course of twelve years, Black Pestilence have released five full-length albums, filmed four music videos, and performed all over Canada and Europe. They have also shared the stage with a number of notable bands including The Black Dahlia Murder, Toxic Holocaust, Absu, Skeletonwitch, and Wednesday 13.
Hail the Flesh and it’s nine earhole-sodomizing tracks start off like a house a-fire and don’t slow up until the last song stops. The record opens with a title track that pretty much let’s you know that these guts play a form of scorch-the-earth metal that covers all the bases. A few of my personal faves are “Spurn All Gods,” “Hellfire’ and ‘Godless.” And, I am definitely considering throwing the album artwork on my Top 10 Album Covers of 2020. A skeletal-faced zombie raising his chained fist skyward surrounded by big breasted skeletal-faces succubi? Thank you, sir, may I have another!
Since I know this review finds you in hunker down mode at home, you have plenty of time to discover new bands. Black Pestilence should be on your shortlist.
Hail the Flesh is out now. Buy it here!