Fear, Emptiness, Decibel: Stream the New Drugs of Faith Flexi Disc!
Before there were blogs there were these things called magazines, and the only metal magazine we still get excited about reading every month is Decibel. Here’s managing editor Andrew Bonazelli…
I was at last year’s Decibel Magazine Tour stop in Philly (duh, I live in this hellhole), and made a point of showing up early to catch Drugs of Faith. Corroded was one of my favorite albums of 2011, a catchy-as-fuck grind ‘n’ roll adventure that should’ve moved more units. During their set, I was wedged between two dudes in Cannibal longsleeves who didn’t shout their disapproval, per se, but muttered loudly enough between songs, “You fucking suck,” “Get off the stage,” “This is gay,” blah blah blah. Typical steakhead bullshit. But I couldn’t even get mad—Richard “The Grindfather” Johnson dresses more “chartered accountant” than “underground grind god,” so these idiots’ false alarms were understandably blaring. They probably hadn’t been to a Bethesda house show, like, ever—they just didn’t know any better. (We—and DOF—still appreciated their money, though!)
The good thing is, Drugs of Faith cannot be fucked with on wax, and we corralled them for the Flexi Series in the April issue. They take on old-school Canadian thrash heroes Sacrifice’s “Re-Animation,” an obvious highlight from 1987 full-length Forward to Termination. The cover was executed especially for us, a nice cherry on top to DOF’s excellent Architectural Failures EP, which came out late last year, and it features Jason Netherton of Misery Index on backups. This is actually going to be a rarity going forward; Johnson says that the prolific Netherton is dialing back on guest appearances, but had to say yes to a Sacrifice cover.
“We’ve had that Sacrifice cover in and out of our live set going back to our earliest shows,” Johnson adds. “I love Forward to Termination, and since that song rocks so much, it wasn’t hard to talk the rest of the band into doing it.”
Indeed, Drugs of Faith are in the earliest stages of writing their second full-length, as Johnson and bassist Taryn Wilkinson “have a pile of riffs and skeletons of a couple songs.” For now, fill the void via the Flexi Series below and order a copy of the April issue of Decibel containing the flexi here. As always, supplies are limited.