Beltfed Weapon Taps Morbid Angel’s Steve Tucker for Their Latest Single “Killing Machine”


Seattle thrash/speed/death metal supergroup Beltfed Weapon may have released their latest EP Darkened Demise last month, but they’re not letting you forget the sheer level of overwhelming power and brutality they’re dishing out. To keep their brand of brutality to the forefront, they released the third single from their EP, titled “Killing Machine.” And as you can guess from the title, it’s not a song about horses and rainbows.

No, this track is misanthropy in musical form. Its sound evokes a distinct sense that its creator felt at least some sense of malice toward the human race when they wrote about all the ways an unstoppable legion would strike down their foes as efficiently as possible.

Featuring Morbid Angel‘s vocalist Steve Tucker behind the mic, “Killing Machine” features the insane talents of rhythm guitarist Frank Hetzel, bassist Jason Viebrooks (Exhorder), drummer Bryan Newbury (Into Eternity), and lead guitarists Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy) and Kragen Lum (Heathen) filling out the rotation.

Hetzel, who serves as the outfit’s songwriter, said the song was about exactly what it sounds like: war, death, and how a more than decade old riff helped shape its composition.

“‘Killing Machine’ is about a soldier who is bred to kill and die with honor serving his country, 100% committed to his duty. Following his commanders orders with no question, he eats, sleeps and breathes to kill the enemy at any cost. His bullets and his gun are his life blood.

“The intro riff is something I’ve had laying around for 15 years and I finally found a place for it. I wanted to have a song that was brutally fast, with the thrash vibe, mixed with something slower – such as the chorus. The intro to the solo is also a riff that I’ve had floating around for 15 years. After structuring the music, I felt Steve Tucker would really like this one, and he definitely did, and took the time to work out the vocals. I couldn’t be happier with how this song turned out. I have had this concept in my head for many years and this song was perfect for inclusion in the Darkened Demise EP.”

You can check out the official lyric video below and get your hands on a copy of Darkened Demise wherever you get your music these days.

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