With Krieg’s latest album now in stores, Decibel Magazine today premieres the first official video by the band for the song “Ruin Our Lives.” Transient, released September 2, is the seventh full length recording from the long-running black metal band. The 56-minute album was recorded earlier this year at Machines With Magnets Studios in Providence and features guest appearance from Thurston Moore and the band’s re-make of Amebix classic “Winter.”
Transient offers Krieg mastermind Neill (aka Imperial) Jameson a continued outlet for personal demons. Be it through his lyrics or the weaving of various sounds and genres, the music has always been an absolving muse for the musician. Last Rites calls it, “a disturbing look into Jameson’s psyche… Transient is fully put together.” Decibel Magazine notes, “Krieg exposes the human in all of us, and that’s horrifically evil.” The musician himself called the record, “the most black metal record I’ve done in almost ten years. At its core, it is the most miserable and anger-fueled thing I’ve ever put to tape.”
Krieg is enjoying a busy 2014 with several split recordings with Wolvhammer (Broken Limbs Records), Ramlord (Unholy Anarchy Records), Ominous Black (Anthropic Records), and Moloch (Depressive Illusions Records) plus the ten-year anniversary reissues of The Black House (cassette/Sol Y Nieve Records, vinyl/Foreign Sounds Records). The band, currently featuring guitarists A. Poole and D. Zdanavage, bassist D. Sykes, and drummer J. Dost with Jameson, is actively booking live engagements along the eastern seaboard with West Coast dates planned for early 2015. The band performed on Static Sessions TV in late July.
Dead Rhetoric conducted an interview with Jameson a week prior to the album’s release. The popular metal site discussed the record, his involvement with super group Twilight, the band’s uptick in activity, and more. When asked about his personal battle with mental illness, a subject that is often part of Krieg songs, Jameson shares, “I was on some fairly heavy medication for bipolar disorder when we wrote and recorded it (The Isolationist, 2010) and listening to it now it sounds cold, detached, uncomfortable. I don’t even know that person anymore besides memories and distant touches of emotion. I’ve been off medication now for almost four years, and off self-medication for around three.” To read the full interview click here.
Krieg will perform in Philadelphia on Saturday at Connie’s Ric Rac with Black Witchery, Nexul and Pissgrave. Upcoming shows include:
- 9/27 – Beaumont Warehouse, Philadelphia
- 10/21 – Millcreek Tavern, Philadelphia
- 11/07 – Sidebar, Baltimore
- 11/08 – Gorham Brothers Music, Syracuse NY
“One of the finest USBM offerings of 2014, and a breakthrough for Krieg.” – Stereogum
“Krieg remains one of the U.S.’s most interesting, challenging metal bands, and Jameson never seems content to just sit there and collect accolades.” – MeatMeadMetal.com
“Krieg are one of the most impressive and exciting black metal bands out there – long may they continue to experiment and shift their sound, particularly if this is an indication of things to come.” – Cvlt Nation