UK metallers Video Nasties offer an interesting blend of sounds on their new single ‘The Hanging Tree’. On the surface, you might hear plenty of call backs to metal’s studs ‘n’ leather days, but for the Liverpudlian band, their riffs run much deeper than that.
In addition to some very retro and classic sounding riffs, it’s possible to hear a broad influence from some of Slayer’s slower material circa ‘Seasons In The Abyss’, a few tight grooves that draw from Trivium’s love of all things within the classic metal sphere and even a touch of Venom in the vocals.
…And it’s that black metal huskiness that helps set the band apart. ‘The Hanging Tree’ presents a constant push and pull between melodic metal and the abrasiveness of straight up black metal, lending an overall sound that takes a little adjustment on behalf of the listener, but eventually some great riffs win through, leading to a very strong four minute workout.
Video Nasties’ new album ‘Dominion’ is released on 13th March 2020. The band will also support Gatecreeper in London in July.
You can find out more in the band’s current press release below and also listen to ‘The Hanging Tree’ via their Bandcamp widget.
DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED FRIDAY 13TH MARCH (APF RECORDS)
Since 2017, something has been lurking in the shadows around Merseyside, snarling from the unseen corners with a piercing horror-metal atmosphere; that something is Video Nasties, and they’re ready to strike with their moral-panic inducing heaviness.
Comprised from members from some of Liverpool’s finest heavy exports in The Bendal Interlude, SSS, Magpyes and Iron Witch, the quintet that is Video Nasties mix death metal with punky and thrashy undertones, creating something morbidly macabre and devilishly debauched. On new single ‘Hanging Tree’, guitarist Stu Taylor comments,
“The next single from the album (Dominion), Hanging Tree, a track that came together early on in the writing sessions and pushes further in the black n’ roll direction. It’s got a straight up mid/fast-pace rock groove and draws inspiration from the likes of Khold through to Iron Maiden. On hearing the track, Jeff Walker of Carcass likened it to Satyricon, which i guess is a good comparison. Because of how straight and simple the riffs are in this one we wanted to play around with time signatures, key changes and duel harmonies to give it some extra flavours.
We’ve re-visited our love for films like ‘Witchfinder General’ and ‘Mark Of The Devil’ for this gruesome tale and it was only right we had Anna (Goatess Doomwych) handle the artwork. We became aware of her work through our good friends Dead Witches and she captured that early 60s/70s low budget b-movie vibe that we wanted perfectly.”
Listen to ‘Hanging Tree’ now – https://videonastiesuk.bandcamp.com/track/hanging-tree-2
Signed to the label – on Halloween 2019 no less – Video Nasties finally bring their reign of terror to APF Records. Set to unleash their debut full-length Dominion [APF025] on Friday 13th March (of course) on all good formats – LP, CD, cassette and digital – Video Nasties are content to lurk no more; get ready for their slasher soundtrack to rip your eardrums to pieces soon.
Speaking on the album the bassist Rick adds, ‘There’s a lot of John Carpenter worship on Dominion. All of his scores are amazing. We tried to capture that same 80s Carpenter vibe with a lot of the melodies on the album. If you imagine taking Sepultura, Carcass and Entombed as main influence and then lacing it with the hooks of John Carpenter, The Cure, The Cult… Killing Joke etc. even through to the likes of Dead Kennedys and T.S.O.L. Big post punk, goth, rock influences in there.’
Pre-order ‘Dominion’ on CD, vinyl, cassette and digitally – https://videonastiesuk.bandcamp.com
Upcoming Video Nasties shows:
14th March, Sound – Liverpool (album launch)
8th July, Star & Garter – Manchester w/ Gatecreeper
11th July, Boston Music Room – London – w/ Gatecreeper
‘A Z-rated blast of ripping metal mayhem’ – Kerrang
‘Filthy, disgusting, and ebola-level infectious deathrash’ – Metal Sucks
‘Purveyors of John Carpenter inspired death metal’ – Get Into This