Supreme Unbeing are a mysterious lot. Not content to let their angular, metal masks keep them anonymous, the band only existed as cartoons – think evil Gorillaz – until last month.
Now, they have emerged from their animated domain: where absurd characters, whose skin melted and shivered inside of thick-stroke contours, roamed distorted landscapes. Supreme Unbeing breathes. ‘Face Of Evil’ is their first song in this new flesh.
And what a rip-roaring rebirth. You could tie this song up and it wouldn’t stop thrashing. Aggressive riffs (D.Vine / D.Sciple), pounding, non-stop drums (Al Mytee) and a low, rumbling bass (UNKNOWN), amount to a sound that runs the listener down – then switches into reverse to make sure it’s done the job.
It’s a fantastic first release from the band’s upcoming, second, full-length album ‘Enduring Physicality’ (dropping on 22nd February 2022), and proves that Supreme Unbeing aren’t just a thrash-in-the-pan (somebody stop me).
Like the clicking, chain-lift that starts every rollercoaster, the track drags listeners up and up before exploding into the sick riffs and crunchy-guitar sounds that define thrash metal. The solos are surprisingly tuneful – following the success of bands like Ghost, whose tracks sometimes stray into being unabashedly pop-styled, it’s nice to see other bands stretch the style’s limits.
Lead singer Zac Red similarly sidesteps the angsty, brash delivery that was once commonplace in the genre. Sure, his lyrics speak to a nihilistic distrust of all human life, but that’s just par for the course when you’re making music this freakin’ loud. Growls are kept to a minimum. Politicians are put on blast.
Humans are dual in nature, says Zac, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, we all have a good side and an evil side, which side, and face, you decide to show at any given moment is yours to balance carefully on this grand stage. How do you want to be remembered?”
Well, these roaring techno-priests sure know how to rock. And who knows, now they’ve turned from toons into living, breathing beings, I think they’re eligible to be canonized someday.
Face Of Evil and accompanying music video will be released worldwide on 22nd October 2021
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