Toilet Exclusive World Premiere: Winds of Leng

Have you heard of Wings of Leng? No? That’s because this Arizona-based death metal band is brand-spanking new, and over this summer I thought it would be fun to fly out to meet the guise in the band and see their studio. After telling you about the trip, I’m going to premiere for you the band’s first publicly-released song (and don’t forget which heavy metal blog brought you to their attention).

Confession time: local Disqus commenter (who happens to be one cool guy on Facebook) Scrimm has been letting me listen to Winds of Leng’s demos for almost two years now, collecting whatever honest criticisms I have been providing him regarding the music (99.9% of it was positive, you can trust me on that). Well, one evening we joked about me visiting their studio and giving them the following feedback: “NOPE”, and forcing Scrimm to listen to the entire discography of Van Halen. After the conversation I gave it some serious consideration: I could plan in advance, save some money and actually go visit them. Really! So in July 0f 2016 I flew out to Phoenix to do exactly that, and though we didn’t end up doing exactly that, it ended up being a fantastic weekend full of death metal and good times (which included watching the movie Phantasm).

After the flight to Phoenix and a short drive to the “homebase”, I was greeted by Scrimm himself who said “hey, we’re just a couple of nerds.” To which I responded, “then I should fit right in.” He introduced me to their sound guy: a tall and mellow metalhead wearing a King Diamond shirt whom I shall call Deckard (he chose to remain anonymous and that name sounds cool). The DIY studio about which I previously spoke was located in Deckard’s house, and any modesty displayed by the band members was quickly dashed away once they started detailing to me how each part of the overall process worked…

rack

(This rack of equipment: all kits, including modules with each resistor and potentiometer hand-soldered.)

amps

(Amps are located in the next room over.)

Winds of Leng has been a project of sorts for around 10 years; a project that the band members do consider a band, but whose fate is still being determined as we speak. There has not yet been a live performance, nor a debut album release; but the latter is definitely in the works. The upcoming weekend would entail a private listen of the band’s recorded material thus far and the chance to witness some vocal tracks being laid down for the final product.

After hearing all about the band’s history (including lineup tweaks over the years) and learning about all their gear, it was time for my private listening session. They played for me all the material recorded thus far with a sort of musicians’ commentary running alongside the music, offering quips such as “our drummer wrote this whole song by himself” or “it took months to know how to end this track.” It felt spectacular to be sitting right next to the creators who had poured so much work and effort into the thing.

gee-tar

scrimm_vocals_masked

These HM-2 drenched riffs contain mostly death metal DNA, but you will also hear a little black metal influence (at least the modern and melodic variation). Scrimm’s guitar is a is an LTD M330RFM, a more limited version of the M330R. Pickups are the ESP designed version of the popular EMG 81/85 pickup combo. Floyd rose special bridge. While all of the riffs are rather evil and fast, melodic tendencies that approach the realm of “catchy” will be persistent throughout the entire record. Now let’s discuss the vocals, laborious shrieks that could slice through a crowd of deathcore nerds (inspiration come from Jens Ryden, Nocturno Culto, Martin van Drunen and Dan Swano.) His agonizing screams caused me to feel a slight pain in my own throat, just imagining the torture it should be putting on one’s vocal chords. It is an exasperated death rattle delivered with one’s final breath. They’re intense!

It’s difficult to describe what sub-genre Winds of Leng fit into, and it’s going to invoke different emotions for each listener. I see them appealing to fans of classic Swedish death metal like Entombed, some of the camo shorts-wearing moshers, a good portion of melodic death metal rockers, and a fan or two who “Stays Tech“. The music doesn’t slow down, the listener isn’t granted time to help a fellow mosher back up in the pit, and there certainly are no ballads.

It is remarkable what a couple of passionate metalheads can accomplish with talent, drive, and an impressive DIY attitude. You will not be disappointed in the final album, and I will certainly keep you updated as more information becomes available. But for now, please enjoy “Audrey”:

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Published on: November 15, 2016

Filled Under: Metal, New Music Premier, New Stuff

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  • Lacertilian

    YEP!

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Scrimm

    Holy shit

    • Your vocals rip, bro.

      10/10

      GL

      • Scrimm

        My opinion of them depends on my mood

  • Scrimm

    Here’s a BC link to the track as well https://windsofleng.bandcamp.com/track/audrey-test-mix

    • RJA

      This is really good! And not, I have to lie to a friend good – actually pretty sweet. good work man.

      • Scrimm

        Thanks man. Glad oyu don’t have to lie too

  • Jack Rabbit

    That was awesome, nice work!

    • Scrimm

      Thanks man!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Rarely have my feelings been this torn? Considering the man, I hath myself asked thousandfold thusly: To Nope, or not to Nope?

    • Scrimm

      What would I do?

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    OH HELL YES!!!
    SCRIMM>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Scrimm

      You guys are the best

  • Jom Pootersan

    FINALLY!!!!

  • Woah, reminds me of Desolate Shrine. Fucking ferocious sounding dude.

    • Scrimm

      Thank you man, really respect your opinion.

    • sweetooth0

      was about to post the same thing!

  • Eliza

    Reading this post was like witnessing the birth of something beautiful. I am overwhelmed with emotion. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1b4e27c60b77f4b7e98db072bbf90e9e62fe20a8b1d72b1d834ea406cc14de11.jpg

    • Scrimm

      Wow man. me too. been waiting too long to do this

      • Eliza

        The wait certainty paid off, the song here sounds great. Continue working like this, I’m sure it’ll lead to awesome stuff.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe

    Riff of the week starts at 1:02

    • Scrimm

      That song has ssome of my favorite riffs in it. Our drummer is a talented due on the guitar too. He was writing that damn thing even while he was tracking it.

  • Brock Samson

    Fucking rad Scrimm. Please play some shows in the near future, this fellow Phoenician will be there

    • Scrimm

      If we can get a full line up I would really like to

      • Brock Samson

        What do you need still?

        • Scrimm

          Bass and likely another guitar. I can pull double duty on guitar vox fr 90% of the stuff and I’m sure I could get the rest, but it would be nice to just concentrate on one.

          • Brock Samson

            I play guitar and am looking to join a band again. I can talk to my buddy who is a bass player and see if he is interested as well.

          • You all are going to have to change your name to The Fellas of Toilet of Hell, if that happens.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain
          • RJA

            I smell a calendar in the works!

          • Scrimm

            That would be badass

          • Scrimm

            worth looking into man!! Regardless the studio is going well, if you ever have anything you want to lay down the guy is looking for people to record.

          • Brock Samson

            I feel you’re interested, just let me know the best way to contact you

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Telepathic brain waves.

          • Psychic warfare is real.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            You better believe me brother!

          • Scrimm

            Probably just through our FB page, or mine if youre in the group there. We still have a little ways to go. Have to work on getting a new rehearsal space, it’s been forever since we’ve jammed.

          • I have an array of west coast contacts if you want to play out of city/state

          • Scrimm

            Awesome!

    • Eliza

      Phoenician? Is that how someone who lives in Phoenix is called? Because it’s the same as an acient civilisation called Phoenicians.

  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    Shit rips Scrimm, bravo.

    • Scrimm

      Thanks a lot man, really. This is just the start.

      • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

        Well, keep that shit going. You’ve got a hell of a good start.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    BRVTAL. Great writeup and music sounds badass.

    • Scrimm

      Thanks man. We’re shopping around for someone to mix and master it right now. that track was mixed by an aquaintance who was teaching my friend about mixing.

    • Scrimm

      Much appreciated.

  • SCRIMM!!

    GL

    • Scrimm

      GL!!!!!!

  • I inserted a a major typo. Guess I had Aubrey Plaza on the brain…

    • Scrimm

      Hahahahaha I saw that!!

    • I know this feeling far too well.

    • Eliza

      ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • W.

      I got u

    • Scrimm

      Thanks again man.

      • Np..thanks for having me. That weekend will go down in history as some of the most fun I’ve ever had

        • Scrimm

          Same man, no joke

          • Chim Richolds

            Same here as well man. Good times.

      • Howard Dean

        Good shit Scrimm. Your band is brutal as fuck!

        • Scrimm

          I was really hoping you would dig it.

          • Howard Dean

            Yeah dude, it rips. Huge sound. The black metal-ly melodic riffs really shine amidst the brutality of the rest of the music. The two types of vocals sound great together, too (I’m a sucker for a screech/guttural combo).

            A whole album of this sound would be massive. I definitely think it could draw some attention from the metal-sphere.

          • I to am a sucker for a screech/guttural combo.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVKy2Va7Ds0

          • Howard Dean

            Glen was a man possessed on those early records. Always really liked this track. Love the manic chorus where he just repeatedly shrieks “DEAD BY DAMN!!”

          • Scrimm

            Wow man ty. I actually never figured out how to do the lows until we started tracking. That’s the thing Im most happy with. I’m blown away when people listen, much less if we got any real attention.

    • Scrimm

      I like her to so def. excused, but this song aint about no woman

  • Scrimm

    I should point out that this track was written completely by the drummer, and he recorded all the instruments. I just did the vox on this one.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
  • I paused Atlantean Kodex for this.

    It was worth it.

    This sounds great Scrimm!

    • Scrimm

      I’m getting a little teary eyed. All joking with you aside man I really value your opinion.

      • Despite the track being a test mix apparently, it sounds great. The guitars are loud as fuck, the way it’s supposed to be!

        Also dig the melodic sections, but that’s obvious because it’s me we’re talking about

        • Scrimm

          Yeah the guy did a retty good job I think. We’re looking for someone to do the whole thing now.

  • At work can’t listen fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    k

    • Scrimm

      It will be here.

  • nbm02ss

    Sounds great, Scrimm. Hope to hear more in the near future.

    • Scrimm

      TY!! Very soon

  • W.

    Scrimm >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> pancakes >>>>>>>>>>>>>> most things

  • Abradolf Lincler

    i dig it

  • Óðinn
    • Well this is fucking awesome.

    • Scrimm

      Love this picture. Saw one once where t was Michael Myers hlding the ball instead of Scrimm. Didn’t make a ton of sense but still cool.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        I saw one with Thing from Addams family holding the ball and The Munsters were in the reflection. Someone is doing these wrong.

        • Scrimm

          I don’t think I saw that one

  • Óðinn
    • Scrimm

      Oh fuck that’s awesome!

  • HOT DAMN, at this rate, we’ll get that full-length by 2020!

  • That haunting melody at 1:57 is so freaking good. And Scrimm’s vocals are so freaking brutal.

    This freaking record will freaking rule the Earth.

    “A good portion of melodic death metal rockers” likes Winds of Leng! 😀

    Great job at the writing, Mañulti. And thanks a lot to Scrimm for sharing their job with all of us. I will deeply enjoy the record when it’s out!

    • Scrimm

      LINK>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    Very good. MIYH4 would be honored to tour with you guys

    • Stanley

      Sounds like a good show to turn up late to.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Stanley plz! Mr. In Your House 4 isnt going to be coming back

        • Stanley

          Upvoted!

    • Scrimm

      Thank you JJD!!

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        You’re welcome. Maybe if MIYH4 doesn’t end up reuniting I could get my current project to be an opener. I’m working on a heavier sound for my next Volume 4.Toast album.

        • Scrimm

          Keep at it

  • Óðinn
  • Nipples ‘n’ Such

    This makes me happy

  • Stanley

    Excellent stuff, Scrimm (and the mysterious other dude). The pressure is certainly on now and the weight of the Toilet is upon you!

    PS. Now I know why it’s taken so long to complete the album: that DAMN Floyd Rose!

    • Scrimm

      Ask Mcnulty about the trouble I had with it when he was there. Precious hours wasted, I was pissed.

      • Stanley

        Burn it to the ground.

    • Chim Richolds

      Thanks man.
      Signed,
      Mysterious Other Dude.

  • Waynecro

    God fucking damn, Scrimm. This song both rips and crushes my nards. My Zune needs this album. If I lived in Arizona, I’d give you monies and perform acts of violence on your enemies until you let me join the band.

    • Scrimm

      Wow man TY. I can’t say that enough to everyone here

  • Waynecro

    Thanks to McNulty for sharing this awesomeness!

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    This is some mighty ripsnorting stuff!

  • SavageMessiah

    This is good stuff, looking forward to the full album. Moneys will be dispensed without fail.

  • Óðinn
    • Scrimm

      Yep! Saw it and P5 in theatres. I cried.

  • sweetooth0

    I’m gonna say this has more than a little black metal influence. This sounds like a 50/50 split black/death. And it fucking rules!

    • Scrimm

      Thank you man!! Originally had more BM but (mostly me) drifted away from it at the time most of this material was written. Defnitely an important part of our sound

      • sweetooth0

        As long as you keep making it sound EVIL like this, then I’m down!

  • J.R.™

    MY FLESH
    IT IS GONE
    Killer music there fellas

    • Scrimm

      Thanks, more soon!

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™
  • Missed this cause I was working and i passed out after work since im not used to the schedule, but @joshuathackston:disqus this fucking rules!

    • Scrimm

      Thanks man I am glad you caught it!