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Black Absinthe

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Black Absinthe Posts "Now" Video

Toronto, ON heavy metal trio Black Absinthe surfaced from the basement to unleash debut album "Early Signs of Denial" last month. Today the band is proud to premiere a video for "Now," which can be seen below.

Black Absinthe comments on the video: "The main idea behind ‘Now’ is about taking advantage of a moment you’ve anticipated for so long, of choosing action over caution. Within the track there’s a shift between the softer more contemplative chorus and the upfront in your face verses.

"The structure of the song aims to build on that theme of anticipation and impending action. This build ultimately boils over into a killer solo section that sounds like you’re behind the wheel during a high speed car chase. For the video we enlisted the help of Frank Gryner (who had done the mixing and mastering of the album) who came through with a great product.

"There’s an almost found footage vibe to a lot of the band shots we were really digging. The close-ups of Jack’s fretboard have this really interesting vibe to them. Rather than the smooth movement you get from a modern camera it looks like certain frames have been removed making it look like you’re flipping through a piece of animation. Having those shots of the road and oncoming traffic at night with all the lights speeding towards you captures the theme of the song. Here’s a light, a moment, speeding by you and it’s gone so soon. Contrast that with the shots of the band with that single light on the floor playing the song. ‘Now’ is a moment in time for Black Absinthe, another step on our journey as musicians. The next hurdle is always around the corner so meet it face on!" More...

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Black Absinthe Streams Full New Album

After giving us a great pit story about a crowd turning on the hardore kid, Toronto's Black Absinthe is surfacing to stream the entire "Early Signs of Denial" album.

"Early Signs Of Denial" was produced by Dave Baksh (Cross Dog, The Mahones) plus mixed and mastered by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie- Hillbilly Deluxe) and is set for release on May 13th, 2016. Listen in below. More...

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Pit Stories: Crowd Turns On The Hardcore Kid

Ready for a new bout of pit mayhem today, metal heads? This week pit story comes courtesy of Ontario-based outfit Black Absinthe.

We've all seen the hardcore kids throwing the windmills and fighting invisible ninja, which the more casual show-goers generally don't care for. They might be obnoxious, but you can't fault their enthusiasm at a live show.

Black Absinthe shares this tale of one such individual who unfortunately reaps what he sows... but soldiers on anyway:

The first few formative years of the band, we played a lot at a place called 751. Located on 751 Queen St. in Toronto this was our preferred and beloved dive bar for many years. Cheap beer 'n shot combos combined with dirty metal shows in the basement made it an ideal spot to start playing.

Our bass player Kyle Scarlett was working there as a bartender and privy to a front row seat of the bloodbath that occurred before we had a chance to grace the stage. It was the second band of a four four bill, good and crowded in the basement. Given that the capacity down there was something like 50 people max we had a good crowd of about 70 throughout the night.

The earlier bands were more on the hardcore end. And with hardcore you're gonna have some motherfucker throwing down. I'm all for getting worked up to the music and givin' 'er (windmilling at shows with dreads has led to some altercations) but the dude was just pushing everyone out the way that wasn't about to do Super Saiyan back at him. You could feel the crowd feeling the same thing like, "fuck can someone just give the dude a decent elbow and we can all get back to watching the show without guarding from a random clock in the face?”

So the vibe against the kid is turning, sitting behind the bar I can just feel it. Then eventually BAM! He finally gets a hit that launches him over to the wall (which I should mention was fairly stuccoed. If I had to give it a description I’d say...coarse?). Seeing the kid after I immediately take back whatever past feeling I felt about hoping he 'gets it' because this kid got it hard.

As I get a look at his face I see this front pepperoni slice sliver of his nose is hanging straight off the bottom of where it should be. Straight up figure 8 of fucked up face. Dangling, asking to be ripped off like a ticket from a skeeball machine. The open bit is gushing plenty of blood to clear out the room until the next band sound checked but I will credit the kid with being hard. He wanted to stay for the whole show. Pained me to tell him go to the hospital, stitch the front of your fucking nose back on, and that we'd be back another time.

Black Absinthe's upcoming album "Early Signs Of Denial" was produced by Dave Baksh (Cross Dog, The Mahones) and mixed and mastered by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie- Hillbilly Deluxe). Set for release on May 13th, 2016, the album is the band's first professional recording and follows three self recorded EPs. More...

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Black Absinthe Posts "Now" Single

Toronto, ON heavy metal trio Black Absinthe is surfacing from the basement to unleash new tunes from debut album "Early Signs of Denial." Check out the "Now" single below.

Bassist Kyle Scarlett comments on the new track: "'Now' is one of our favorites to play of the new songs. We wanted to build a song around a solid open chug you hear in a lot of NWOBHM. The chorus veers off from the old school metal vibe and comes back full force with some screams.

"The solo section was a lot of fun to work on in the studio, did a lot of layers and got it sounding mean. All in all a solid rager that gives ya little sections to breathe! To add, the lyrics are about the philosophy of time, thinking of what you want, but at the cost of what you have to do to get it."

"Early Signs Of Denial" was produced by Dave Baksh (Cross Dog, The Mahones) plus mixed and mastered by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie- Hillbilly Deluxe). Set for release on May 13th, 2016, the album is the band's first professional recording and follows three self recorded EPs. More...

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Black Absinthe Streams "Winter" Track

Toronto's Black Absinthe just released another track from "Early Signs Of Denial," produced by Dave Baksh (Cross Dog, The Mahones) plus mixed and mastered by Frank Gryne.

Set for release on May 13th, 2016, the album is the band's first professional recording to follow three self-recorded EPs "Live At Coalition" (2014), "Noise Complaint" (2014), and "Augusta" (2012).

Check out the new track "Winter" below. Vocalist / guitarist Jack Cerre comments: “‘Winter’ is one of our favourite tracks to play live, and the experimentation during production surprised us! The song is about a family crossing the frozen St. Lawrence River during the settlement of Canada.

"There are French and English lyrics about a struggle against time and nature. While recording, the song exploded with harmony. (Producer) Dave Baksh and I worked out a lot of interesting guitar work, really just ear candy for true metal fans. It’s an epic, so let the wind wash over you and take you to a cold dark place.” More...

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Black Absinthe Streaming "The Wild"

Toronto, ON heavy metal trio Black Absinthe is surfacing from the basement to unleash new tunes from debut album "Early Signs of Denial." The album was produced by Dave Baksh (Cross Dog, The Mahones) & mixed and mastered by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie- Hillbilly Deluxe).

Set for release on May 13th, 2016, the album is the band's first professional recording and follows three self-recorded EPs "Live At Coalition" (2014), "Noise Complaint" (2014) and "Augusta" (2012). Vocalist / guitarist Jack Cerre comments:

"This was our first foray into recording in a studio environment plus working with a producer and mixer. Having a team of people around us helped us produce better songs at a higher quality to give our fans the chance to hear what we’re truly about without the barrier of poor recordings. It’s our jump from the basement to the studio, the raw energy is still there, but there’s an added level of detail to each track. We wanted to make a significant jump forward in quality and songwriting plus for fans who have been following us, we think they’ll be pleasantly surprised."

Check out first single "The Wild" below. Black Absinthe had this to say about the newly released track: "'The Wild' is the first song from a culmination of two years of work, our blasting out of the gate declaration of freedom. Don't overthink it, ROCK OUT! It's about taking your life into the heat of the fire, crashing and burning at the feet of desire."

1. The Wild (3:50)
2. Is This Life (4:42)
3. Berj Khalifa (3:19)
4. Pigs (4:03)
5. NOW (3:58)
6. Winter (6:23 More...

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Black Absinthe Releases New EP

As the band gears up for Summer touring, Toronto outfit Black Absinthe has now released new EP "Noise Complaint."

Pick up your copy at Bandcamp, or you can stream all the songs below. The "Noise Complaint" track listing is:

1. Sloppy Jaloppy 03:15
2. Creatures of Queen Street 03:02
3. Orchid 04:53
4. Tyranized 05:52
5. Ascendere Et Postremo 06:38
6. Faithful Descendant 02:56 More...

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