America’s newest neo-classic riff masters BLACK FAST will release their all new LP Terms Of Surrender on August 7, 2015 via eOne Music. Ripping pages from Death’s technical death metal guidebook, the St. Louis foursome conjures the spirit of the late, great Chuck Schuldiner while channeling the viciousness of Megadeth’s young-and-hungry Dave Mustaine and blistering aggression of Kreator’s Mille Petrozza.
The band tapped veteran producer Erik Rutan for the effort on their debut LP for eOne Music. Known for his work with HATE ETERNAL, SIX FEET UNDER, GOATWHORE and CANNIBAL CORPSE, Rutan was an easy choice. “We can’t wait to work with Erik Rutan! Erik is a legend.” says front man Aaron Akin. “Excited doesn’t even do justice to the mind frame we are in. I’ve followed his work for over a decade, and he’s been at it for way longer than that. I mean, it’s f***ing Erik Rutan!”
“Black Fast has an amazing blend of heaviness and melody,” says Rutan. “Their aggressive and raw style has a very unique approach and an immense energy to it. Black Fast has an interesting range of influences in their music, making it impossible to stereotype or pigeon hole. I think the recording process went fantastic and feel this is an album metal fans will truly appreciate.”
Terms of Surrender will be the band’s followup to their highly buzzed about self-released Starving Out The Light. As seen on the “Unsigned and Unholy” Metalsucks feature, BLACK FAST has a short but concentrated history. Started in 2010 by fellow music students Aaron Akin, Trevor Johanson, Ryan Thompson and Ross Burnett, the band has bulldozed on an upward trajectory ever since. Their soundtrack to society’s collapse is relentless. Possessed by unbridled energy and a palpable desperation, the band has a fierce vitality that will not go unnoticed.
Creating a modern twist on the energetic riffs of metal’s glory days, BLACK FAST harness the spirit of their metal forefathers, whether exploring hand-cramp-inducing riffs or blazing through straightforward thrash. BLACK FAST songs have a hungry ferocity reminiscent of the Bay Area thrash scene, the likes of which haven’t been this raw or hyper-charged in decades.
Black Fast is: Aaron Akin, Ryan Thompson, Trevor Johanson and Ross Burnett.