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U.S. outfit Genocya has checked in with the following update about the band's lack of activity lately:
"For those wondering whats been going on with us lately, and why we had to drop off all of our December shows, here's the story: awhile back, we decided that not only was this group of guys the definitive/best line up we've ever had, but also the LAST line up we will ever have.
"Which means... no man gets left behind. We either move forward together, or we don't move forward. That being said, we have members that need to focus on work and their families right now. So for the time being, we are in a holding pattern. No shows in the near future. Even recording plans are on hold.
"We apologize to everyone that was looking forward to jamming with us or seeing us in December, but as we all know... life happens sometimes. Unfortunately, we are unable to give you a timeline right now, on how long we'll be in hibernation, but rest assured... we WILL be back!
"Thanks to everyone for sticking with us, all these years. You have definitely helped make our hobby/passion an extremely enjoyable one." More...
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week, I am exploring the Michigan metal scene. With this column, I am not only discussing a brief history of each band and the sounds they create, I will also show links between the three bands. Just like the death metal that emerged from Stockholm, Sweden, the thrash from California’s northern bay area and the hardcore from New York City, Michigan’s death and black metal scene is one of interchangeable members.
On an international level, Michigan’s largest city has a reputation as “Detroit Rock City” or “Motown.” The city has produced a large number of Rock And Rock Hall of Fame members. In reference to the more extreme rock styles of black and death metal, though, the mid-southern region near the capital of Lansing has better soil for producing the Devil’s music.
Lansing’s Summon is one of the earliest black metal bands in the U.S. Although the group formed in 1991, it didn’t take off until 1995. From 1992-1994 former Lucifer’s Hammer guitarist Sean “Xaphan” Peters (guitar, vocals) joined with Chas “Necromodeus” Schoals (bass, vocals), Mark Hague (drummer) and Jeff “Tchort” Elrod (R.I.P.) in the black-doom band Masochist (another important underground USBM act). In ’95, Peters, Schoals and Hague left Masochist for Summon, while Elrod formed another black metal group, Wind of the Black Mountains.
Summon made its first recording, “Fire Turns Everything…Black” demo, as the three piece. This demo served as a blue print for the next couple of recordings. Released originally as a cassette tape, the group re-released it in CD format. Later Summon recordings featured revisions of tracks featured on the demo. The hellish screaming chorus of Schoals and Peters, catchy tremolo picking, chugging thrash breaks and whammy bar solos make hitting the stop button difficult on this recording. More...