Exclusive Track Premiere: Everything Went Black, “Cult of Goliath”

  • Axl Rosenberg

Converse Rubber Tracks x MetalSucks 2015

Earlier this year, six unsigned bands visited a Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio in either Brooklyn, NY or Boston, MA, where they laid down some jams at one of Converse’s completely free, state-of-the-art facilities with producer Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Suicide Silence, Exhumed) or Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche), respectively. Bands signed up through an open application process on MetalSucks, then Axl and Vince worked with Will and Kurt to choose their favorites. We’ll be releasing the tracks all of the finalists recorded over the next two weeks! Today, we continue with Everything Went Black from St. Louis, MO.

We we first previewed Everything Went Black last month, we noted that the band’s brand of seething metallic hardcore is rooted in the cultural diversity — and tension — of their native St. Louis. As guitarist Chris Moore put it:

“For being a small Midwestern city, we have crammed about every ethnicity under the sun within our city limits. It’s amazing and eye opening. We are lucky to be so rich in culture but, unfortunately, it creates a lot of racial divide and that’s extremely sad.”

This is never more apparent — or relevant — than it is on the band’s new track, “Cult of Goliath.” All of the anger, confusion, uncertainty, and pain our country is currently feeling is on naked display in this song. Expertly oscillating between doomy sludge and detonative hardcore,  “Cult of Goliath” is more than just a piece of music — it’s a terrifying reflection of our species-wide tumult, a nightmarish moment in time trapped and caged within a metal song.

Unsurprisingly, producer/engineer Will Putney brought out the very best in Everything Went Black. The band have always written great songs — that’s why we chose to participate in this year’s CRTxMS to begin with! — but they’ve never sounded this monstrous. Putney’s skill for striking the perfect balance between chaos and control benefits Everything Went Black tremendously. “Cult of Goliath” easily represents the band’s finest work to date.

Check out “Cult of Goliath” for yourself below. I recommend you play it LOUD.

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