"A sound and image that will remind listeners of the wicked, daughter-tempting, devil-worshipping schlock bands of classic ’80s movies. The bands revels in chains, leather, and snarling heavy rock that pulls from all corners of metal, goth, and noise, with a hard polish of NYC degeneracy... Lumbering doom riffs, death march drumming, haunting whispers, pained cries, eerie church bells, and even a bevy of Celtic Frostian ‘OUGHS!’ throughout. The track certainly feels metal as hell, though its horizons are set firmly outside of the genre’s simple limitations; think of the soundtrack to an unholy blasphemous rite held in a slum basement in a scene from one of the Death Wish films, and you’ll have some idea of what the collective is going for."
Nastie Band — the new NYC art-doom collective featuring Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen), octogenarian Chris Kachulis (a collaborator of electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack), and current/former members of Merchandise, Pollution, Villains, and Cream Abdul Babar – has premiered new track "Circle of Knives," off its upcoming, self-titled, debut album.
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The sound: spine-chilling dirges, for fans of the creepiest depths of Sunn O))), Today Is The Day, Celtic Frost, and Scott Walker. As Kerrang!'s write-up states, it is a cinematic sound, evoking dark rituals in B-movies of the '80s. Indeed, Nastie Band was assembled and masterminded by New York artist Frank Haines, performing here under the name Sandy Smiles – Haines' body of work includes film, performance art, stained glass, and more.
Nastie Band was recorded at Seizures Palace in Brooklyn by Jason LaFarge (Swans, Devendra Banhart, Opening Bell) and mastered by James Plotkin (Merzbow, Sunn O))), Gnaw).