As many of you know I’m also a musician, taking inspiration from the great musical Magi of the past like Anton LaVey, Gurdjieff, Pythagoras and Zarathustra. Well I couldn’t be happier to announce the release of the latest offering from my band Asmodeus X – The Black Fire EP.
Now we’d been working on this new folkish body of work for the last year, and then as you all know the Coronapocalypse hit. Suddenly our right to free-assembly was overnight suspended by the forces of inertia and we had to stop working on everything overnight. It’s hard to work on recording a new album when you can’t meet in your studio. We started meeting weekly online via Skype to review the mixes we had and soon realized four of the songs were pretty much complete, and so the vision of the Black Fire EP was born!
Some are saying this is stylistic change for Asmodeus X – more folkish, even western with all the acoustic instrumentation. But we think it’s more like a Remanifestation of our essence, the the acoustic elements from Wolf Age and Morningstar reborn with a new vigor and enthusiasm.
See for yourself – You can check out and download the tracks at Band Camp, iTunes, Spotify!
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|Asmodeus XThe Black Fire EPWorldwide release: May 4, 2020Four great songs to lament the death of the old world and illuminate the apocalyptic timesbefore us.|
1. Farewell to the West
2. The Bright Ones (Slips Away Edit)
3. Riding Back from Hell
4. Black Fire
Album cover art by Komodokat
Asmodeus X is:Paul Fredric – Vox, Acoustic Guitar – Rhythm
Vasquez – Vox, Acoustic Guitar – Lead
Joel 313 – Vox, Acoustic Bass
All songs recorded between 2019 – 2020 at the Blue Room Studio on the South Side of Houston, Texas.
Produced by Paul Fredric
Riding Back From Hell
After the release of Dark Ides of Summer in July 2018, we had a little break. It wasn’t so much voluntary as necessary, as we all found life pulling us in different directions at the time, and I found myself ‘on the road’ pursuing other projects for about a year. One result of this was I started working on music by myself in an effort to stay engaged, and the best tool for this is the good old acoustic guitar. I busted out my Ovation, the same one I’d used for recording the acoustic tracks on Wolf Age (White Mountains) and on Morningstar (Morningstar Visionary Mix).
Some people don’t know this but most of Wolf Age was born out of Gary Lesikar (Frank Faust) and me sitting around jamming on our acoustics with copious amount of ‘Ice-Cold Budweiser’ and yes a few times it was even around a campfire.
I thought about those nights a lot as I sat around jamming by myself into the wee hours of Saturday night. The ghost of Gary always makes me wonder how things might have gone had he lived, and so maybe a part of me thought I could just pick up where we left off. A lot of the old Asmo songs even up into Sanctuary were originally composed on acoustic, so they were easy to revive. As I started to run out of old Asmo songs, I began a deep-dive into traditional Folkish, Western and Country music.
I studied the greats like Hank Williams, Walon Jennings and George Jones – Gary had turned me on to all of these in back in the day but only now could I grok it, only after so much chaos and ramblin’. I studied the innovators like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and then of course the dark lords of my generation like Death In June and the Marionettes. Then somewhere out of all this a few new songs started to emerge.
When the bands schedules started to come back around and we re-assumed our weekly Thursday night ‘clubhouse’ meetings at The Blue Room, I brought along my acoustic to show the guys the new songs I was working on, and what can I say…the guitar just never went away. It felt like the ghost of all the people who had been in and out of the group over the years was being evoked – all the Gary’s, Brad’s, Allison Skott’s, Tigs and Kali’s. Suddenly it seemed pretty miraculous that the three of us – Joel, Vas, and Paul – were even still alive let alone still standing around jamming together. It really did feel like we were Riding Back from Hell. We spent maybe six months jamming the songs unplugged before we even bothered to figure out some kind of rhythm.
We discovered a lot of those old Asmo Songs – like The Bright Ones – lend themselves really well to acoustic versions, and that in so doing new levels of depth and warmth are revealed in them. The albums-worth of new songs we were doing all had a pretty apocalyptic feel, maybe we had a premonition of the Coronapocalypse that was just around the corner, or maybe we were always just that Apocalyptic, but when the pandemic hit we knew it was time get some of these tracks out there to mark the occasion.
So here it is – the Black Fire EP. If it all goes well it will be followed up by a full length album will be called maybe Riding Back from Hell or maybe Farewell to the West, who knows?But for now here’s four great songs to lament the death of the older world and the illuminate the apocalyptic times before us. If you’ve followed us this far, we think you’ll appreciate the evolutionary change, which is as much a reiteration of our late-90’s neo-folk roots, as it is a natural process of maturation. But you have to remember – that old world is dead. Fortunately for you, these tunes are all perfect for humming while bidding a fond farewell to The West.
|The Houston Chronicle says: The new album fuses the group’s goth spirit with a folk sensibility.|