Fear, Emptiness, Decibel: Stream the New Lock Up 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’m pleased to report that, upon punching “Lock Up band wiki” into Google, the multinational grindcore supergroup has top-of-the-page honors, beating out Tom Morello’s pre-Rage Against the Machine band. And not for nothing, but holy shit, the Morello Lock Up sucks. I mean, I know it was 1989, but I don’t think this sort of thing would’ve passed muster on, like, the Encino Man soundtrack.
Anyway, back to the good Lock Up. We last heard from them in the summer of 2011, upon the release of long-awaited third album Necropolis Transparent. Of course, the delay was due not only to the considerable responsibilities of members Shane Embury (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth), Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates) and Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram), but the tragic passing of guitarist Jesse Pintado (Terrorizer, Napalm Death) in 2006. In our September 2011 feature on the reconvened band, Tompa explains, “There’s a lot more of what we call old-school, death-thrash stuff … Dark Angel-ish stuff here and there. Anton started coming up with that … but then we all got into this death metal mode a bit.”
That awesomely reliable approach still applies on “Infinite in Its Nothingness,” which Lock Up recorded exclusively for the Decibel Flexi Series.
Their rare and exceptional contribution arrives on maroon on white plastic. There are an extremely limited number of copies available now in the Decibel webstore. Indulge in this one, folks. It may take these dudes another nine years for the next record—you never know.
The April 2013 issue of Decibel also features Clutch, Metallica, Rigor Mortis, and Steve Stevens, and can be ordered here. But why not just get a full subscription to ensure that you never miss an issue?