Black Fast Enters the Studio with Erik Rutan!

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Guys, guys, guys, I can barely contain my excitement! Black Fast, a St. Louis death/thrash metal band that I’ve been enjoying for years now announced on January 20th that they’ll be entering Mana Studios in St. Petersburg, FL. Their producer? Some dude named Erik Rutan! Taken from the official press release:

“I am very excited to work with Black Fast,” Rutan says himself. “They have a very unique style with a ton of energy, creativity, and a certain aggressiveness and fire rarely seen in this day and age of music.”

So of course this is great news for St. Louis residents who know the members of the band and have been supporting them for years, but you should care too. In 2013 they were voted “Best Metal Band in St. Louis” by the Riverfront Times. I nominated Black Fast for Best Unsigned Band In the U.S., and many of you dug them; but they became ineligible as eOne Music signed them shortly afterwards. Also, Erik Fvcking Rutan. Judge for yourself, here’s one of my favorite songs “Obelisk” from their debut full-length Starving Out the Light:

I dunno about you, but the first band that comes to mind is the mighty Death. It’s not uncommon for the folks in Black Fast to include lengthy instrumental passages in each track, in a similar fashion to Vektor (with whom they’ve toured before). The riffs are airtight, the solos are speedy yet melodic, and the screamy/raspy vocals should position them among the death metal elite in 2015. They’re hard working, talented, and incredibly nice guys to boot.

Aw heck, since you’re already here, have another great song – “Starve”:

If you ever get the chance to see them live near you, TAKE IT. Or if you ever want to venture to see them in beautiful St. Louis (LOL); I’ll be happy to buy you an ice cold Brodweiser and provide a couch on which to surf. Also make sure to check out their debut full-length album on Bandcamp, the entire thing is available for streaming.

TL;DR:  Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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  • Wrath of God

    What does Abbath do first thing in the morning?

    He has Blackfast

    *audience groans*

    • The Bestest Tapir

      ..

    • Like Slimfast? or

      GL

      • Wrath of God

        Lol he should.

        • But really, what do you mean? I am pissed I cannot figure it out….

          🙂

          GL

          • Wrath of God

            Oh! Black fast is the band in the article and put together it sounds like the black metal equivalent of breakfast

            Breakfast = Blackfast

            Abbath = in a black metal band

            Ergo, Abbath eats Blackfast

          • It’s way more funny with the explanation jajajajajaja

          • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

            BLVKKFVST

          • Wrath of God

            #TOOKVLT4ME

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            #TOOLKVLT4ME

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Abbath eats Eggo Blackfast

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            Leggo my Eggo!

    • Hubert, Goat ov/of D00M

      After that he has BRVNCH……

    • JWG

      I suspect the first thing he actually does in order to buck expectations (and puns) is have a shower…

    • Glad to have you back

      • Wrath of God

        Glad to be back! My daily routine didn’t feel the same without visiting here.

  • Hubert, Goat ov/of D00M

    Hey, that guy in the middle is wearing a Vektor shirt, I think he likes Vektor.

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    Not my usual cup of tea, but this is pretty damn good. Still will not go to St. Louis / 10

    • 0 blames / 10

    • Howard Dean

      Go to East St. Louis, Illinois instead. It’s beautiful in all seasons.

      http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6282/2506/1600/esl28.jpg

      • YourLogicIsFlushed

        Ha, my high school football team was one game away from going to State, and I am actually glad we lost because our opponent would have been East St. Louis. I probably would have been killed.

        • Howard Dean

          Yeah, they usually have a badass football team. Getting shot on the way back to the bus or shanked in a pile on the field is a likely end scenario, I assume.

      • East St. Louis BBQ>>>>>>>>>>>>> St. Louis BBQ

        • Howard Dean

          Byah! Wasn’t aware of that. Should I ever end up in East St. Louis, I know how I will spend the 45 minutes before I am murdered. Ribs, motherfuckers!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            I want ribs. Maybe I’ll go get some ribs.

          • Howard Dean

            You would.

            I would, too, actually.

        • i dunno, there are some great new(ish) places: Bogart’s, Sugarfire, and the Shaved Duck!

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            Goddarnit Jimbob, this band rylz fyr realz! Also, I’d eat at a place called Shaved Duck anyday (maybe at Sugarfire too)

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            This article was so good!

          • thanks d00d, though calling it an “article” is generous. i prefer news!

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

            You’re welcome.

          • more beer

            It`s always cool when a local band you`ve supported for a long time does well.

      • tertius_decimus

        Exactly what you see in Ukraine these days.

        • 🙁

        • Howard Dean

          There’s more of this urban decay in the U.S. than people think. It’s just hid away in undesirable cities and areas of the country that people avoid like the plague.

          • tertius_decimus

            This is very sad, actually.

      • more beer

        A regular vacation paradise. I will have to put that on my itinerary. .

  • Hubert, Goat ov/of D00M

    This is some good shit McNulty! Thank you for the recommendation.

  • DDubya.

    Black Fast: Toilet approved!

  • Tyree

    I can’t stand Erik Rutan’s production. Bye.

    • Wrath of God

      D:

    • AGREED. Good for these dudes on getting signed and all that but Rutan is pretty lolbuttz most of the time.

      • I don’t think I’ve listened a Rutan’s production. But I’ve readed sometimes that he overproduce and saturates too much the bands he record…

        • Gurptitude

          If you listened to Cannibal Corpse’s Kill, Evisceration Plague or Torture, you heard his production.

          • Ohhhhh……

          • Gurptitude

            (personally, I like them)

          • CT-12

            Yeah, I don’t really mind his production. I personally like rawer, grimier production anyhow, but I think Rutan does a good job of making digital, clean sounding records whilst preserving the organic flair of the instruments within a recording.

    • Howard Dean

      Haha, I feel the same for the most part. As soon as I saw Erik Rutan, I did a google image search for “Erik Rutan meme.” Didn’t find anything good, which was a shame.

    • I think it sounds pretty boss. So there.

      GL

    • Hubert, Goat ov/of D00M

      He did the drum production for Illum Divinum Insanus. If that’s not an accomplishment, I don’t know what is.

      • and Nile’s At the Gate of Sethu

        • Wrath of God

          Which I loved!

          • DDubya.

            I would have liked that album more, but the production sounded like butt to me.

          • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

            Was it a good butt?

          • Wrath of God

            All butt is good butt.

            …except swamp ass.

          • and pancake butt.

          • Wrath of God

            All pancake but needs is syrup and butter of course

            *cue porno music*

          • swampass, an endemic species of the… SWAMPHEEEELHGJHGHGJHGJ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYb23prbnuo

          • I need to revisit this band. I remember not liking them several years ago but based upon this song, my preferences seem to have evolved.

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            PERKELEPERKELEPERKELE! HELEVETTIHELEVETTIHELEVETTI HEI!

          • jajajajajajajajaja… <3 I love that song.. and the solo.. and the traduced lyrics of mr. Bear

          • The Bestest Tapir

            Älä vittu kiroa!

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            Enhämmie vittu koskaan

          • I loved their last album <3

          • Wrath of God

            Production doesn’t bother me too much as long as it doesn’t sound like it was recorded in someone’s basement with a fisherprice microphone. But I do agree with the fact that production can enhance the listening experience.

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            I don’t usually hate on Rutan, but ATGOS would have sounded better recorded at a basement with a fisherprice microphone.

          • Tyree

            Rutan dose not know what a good drum sound is. He’s awful at producing drums.

    • MoshOff

      I’m glad I’m not the only one. All his albums sound exactly the same, it’s like he adapts every band to his “sound” instead of the other way around like he should. I mean, I don’t have enough knowledge to be talking here, but just listen to the latest Belphegor, the Rivers of Nihil record and any of the Cannibal Corpse albums he did and tell me that they sound distinct.

      And yes, the man does not know how to mix drums properly, especially the bass drum. Sheesh.

      • Tyree

        Well said! I totally agree about his produced albums sounding exactly the same. The dude has no range. It’s all over the top.

        • MoshOff

          It literally takes me two seconds to identify his production even if I’ve never heard the band before, and that’s just not right.

          • Tyree

            Yup. Dumb!

  • JWG

    Blackfast followed me on Twitter for a few hours (I was probably a “recommendation” at the time because I was on a binge following things recommended by Grim Kim) .. which is really the only reason I can say I knew (of) them even prior to mention in the Best Band competition.

    Definitely way up there on my short list of at-the-time-indie discoveries, though.

  • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

    It’s natural these guys would get signed right after being entered in an unsigned competition. They would have won you see.

    • They were my early pick to take the entire thing.

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        Speaking of which, Grandmaster of all things porcelain, how will the the contest proceed once the best band of each respective state has been selected and introduced in the Toilet?

        (I know it’ll be 2017 by then, but I’d still like to know 😉 )

        • HA! I’m going to put together a March Madness style bracket and have y’all vote on each state in head-to-head competition.

      • Lacertilian

        they definitely trash and kill!

  • PhoenixKing Leonhart

    Despite the large amount of praise and constant comparisons to Vektor, I’ve never checked out this band until now.

    Now I am no longer blind to how good these guys are.

    • Lacertilian

      I agree, I think they have something over Vektor though, maybe a darker atmosphere?
      Not sure, but I like it.

  • Tyree
    • Tyree

      FUCKING AWFUL!

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        It doesn’t sound THAT bad.

        • Tyree

          Huh?

    • Ugh this album sounds like ass.

      • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

        I wish mine sounded like this too. Now I truly envy you.

        • Hubert, Goat ov/of SATAN!!!!!

          My ass doesn’t sound nearly as full and richly textured.

          • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

            I would be honored to act as the Trumpet Ov Doomdom that this is far closer to.

      • saturated as fvck, just for the sake of have a “brutal” sound…

        • Tyree

          It’s WAY over the top. No need for that. My headphones can’t even handle this trainwreck.

          • Lacertilian

            I think he did a bit better with Rivers Of Nihil’s debut but I think it still could have been tweaked or untweaked, depending on the situation.

      • same with Phoenix From the Ashes.

        • Tyree

          WOAH!

          • sh*t hits the fan got reinterpretated as sh*t goes out the fan in that video. I laughed a lot on the windmill tail

      • Scrimm

        They all do.

    • Jesus Christ, those fucking bass drums overpower everything. I admittedly have only listened to Rutan’s work with Cannibal Corpse as far as his repertoire goes. I hope that he won’t do that to Black Fast’s new album.

  • KJM
    • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

      From where can I get one!!!!!!!!!

      ( Now for No.3 The… Larch)

      • Lacertilian

        ..the Larch!

  • I saw them post about this the other day. I’ve followed them since I saw them advertised on the site that we shan’t name. One of my favorite death metal bands in a long time. Their full-length is the first album I ever bought on BandCamp.

  • Wrath of God

    Oh my Me. Carach Angren leaked a new song. Side note, now I’m leaking because of it.

    • Nordling Rites ov Kahlua

      So bad?

  • BLXKKBEXRD

    I like dis, but dat bass sound is pretty bad.

    • BLXKKBEXRD

      I also wish they had signed to a better label.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I like this article @James_Jimmy_McNulty:disqus.

  • Stanley

    Sign me up. That’s another 10 bucks down the Toilet. Nice one, Jimmy.

  • Janitor Jim Dvggan Svre Wovld

    News for the lifelovers: Alien Ant Farm is going to my area. I’m going because my cousin is the singer.

  • KJM

    Flowin’ straight from the survival scrolls…

  • Lacertilian

    This is fucking tops @James_Jimmy_McNulty:disqus mah bwoy.
    You have pleased me greatly this day.
    I will consider forgiving you for slurs against Zeppelin.

    • KJM

      “slurs against Zeppelin”

      Damned kids need to get off my lawn.

  • Zing Once A Day…
    • Howard Dean

      This was awesome. Hahahaha.

  • Shit, dude…this stuff is pretty good. Never heard them before.

  • Sight Vnseen

    Fuck yes. Starving out the light was incredible.Thanks for the news Jimmy. Guess this takes them out of the running for best unsigned band.