PODCAST: Episode 89: Jacob Bannon (Converge) on Umbra Vitae Band and Debut Album

Ghost Cult was honored to chat with musician and artist Jacob Bannon of Converge, Wear Your Wounds, and his new band Umbra Vitae. That group just released their debut album, Shadow of Life, (read our review here), a brutal, OSDM flavored album created by Jacob and a group of master musicians and friends such as Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, WYW) and Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex Hatebreed, WYW) Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex) and Jon Rice (Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Job For A Cowboy). In a frank discussion with our editor Keefy, Jacob discussed the impact coronavirus has had on the music world and more specifically his bands and his label Deathwish Inc., what are the Death Metal inspirations of the group, how Umbra Vitae came together, how this is a full band and not side-project, the poem that inspired the band name and the entire album, an update on new Converge and WYW music, and much more. Jacob is working to stay focused and creative during the pandemic to keep his bands and Deathwish Inc. alive in all of this and if you can, please support his music, art activities at these links.

Buy the album here https://orcd.co/umbravitae

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ALBUM REVIEW: Umbra Vitae – Shadow of Life

Converge is one of the lucky Hardcore/Punk bands that has seen notable success over the years. Though they have flirted with the metal genre on some of their albums like The Poacher Diaries (Relapse Records) and You Fail Me (Epitaph Records), frontman Jason Bannon has been itching to make something heavier. This veteran vocalist loves his celebrated children Converge and Wear Your Wounds, but is now really exposing his heart for ferocity with his new Death Metal project, Umbra Vitae. Along with some other experienced and eager members, Bannon has just released the band’s debut LP, Shadows of Life on his own label, Deathwish Inc.

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Death Metal Supergroup Umbra Vitae Unites Members of Converge, The Red Chord, Twitching Tongues, and Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats

New Death Metal supergroup Umbra Vitae brings together guitarists Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, Ex-Hatebreed) and Mike Mckenzie (The Red Chord, Stomach Earth), bassist Greg Weeks (The Red Chord) and drummer Jon Rice (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Ex-Job For A Cowboy). The name comes from a poem by Georg Heym, first published in 1912. Umbra Vitae’s debut album, Shadow Of Life, will be released on May 1 via Bannon’s own Deathwish Inc. label. Check out the first single, ‘Return To Zero’!

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Twitching Tongues Streams Celtic Frost Cover – “Necromantical Screams”

Twitching Tongues has shared a brand new single, a cover of Celtic Frost’s classic ‘Necromantical Screams’, from their album To Mega Therion. The song is streaming on Bandcamp and released from the bands’ archives “for those under quarantine”. Please support this awesome band with your wallet or purse and jam this cover now! Continue reading

November 2nd 2018 New Music Releases

 

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Twitching Tongues Surprise Releases New Album “Disharmony Zero”

Twitching Tongues have dropped a surprise release today dubbed Disharmony Zero via Metal Blade. The release includes two previously unreleased demos: ‘Insatiable Sin Zero’ and ‘Asylum Ave Zero’. Recorded, mixed and mastered at The Pit in Van Nuys, CA by Taylor Young in March 2015, this recording features the band’s Colin Young on vocals and drums, and Taylor Young on guitar, bass, and vocals. Previous studio versions of the two tracks were on 2015’s Disharmony. Buy and stream it below. Continue reading

One King Down, Ten Yard Fight, E.Town Concrete, Eighteen Visions, Sick Of It All Booked for This Is Hardcore 2018

This Is Harcore Festival has announced its partial 2018 lineup so far. The long-running beacon of hardcore and metal takes place at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA from July 27th-29th and has announced One King Down, Ten Yard Fight, E.Town Concrete, Eighteen Visions, Sick Of It All to the bill. Other notables All Out War, Merauder, District 9, Knocked Loose, Twitching Tongues, Wisdom In Chains, Jesus Piece, Sworn Enemy, Queensway, Lionheart, and many more. Tickets go on sale on April 2nd and the full lineup so far and ticket link can be found below. Continue reading

Twitching Tongues – Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred

The best way to describe Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred (Metal Blade), is that Twitching Tongues wants to try on lots of new hats. Songs will switch back and forth between crunchy Hardcore, speedy Thrash and straight up balladry, while the lyrics vary from personal loss (‘Forgive and Remember’) to political strife (‘T.F.R.’). And that’s not to say that this multi-pronged approach can’t work or there aren’t memorable moments to be had here. It’s all a matter of consistency. Continue reading

Twitching Tongues Premiere “Gaining Purpose” Video

Twitching Tongues‘ new album, Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred, will be hitting stores on Friday via Metal Blade Records, and we have another preview of the new record for you today. Continue reading