Homicide – Left For Dead (2020)
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“Heavy Thrash Speed Metal”
For fans of Slayer, Motorhead, Exodus, Death, Sodom
Album Title: Left for Dead
Release Date: August 21, 2020
“They specialize in Old School Crossover Thrash and returning nearly 25 years later with their sophomore album “Left For Dead” they clearly have some unfinished business.” – Metal Noise
Formed in Montreal in the extremely vibrant metal/hardcore/crossover music scene of the early
1990’s, Homicide was, at the time, an amalgamation of members from other heavy-hitting bands on the scene who had developed strong followings and solid reputations in their own right. Gab Morency of Corrupted Youth (guitar/vocals) and Bryan Donahue of Damaged (guitar) began writing together after discovering that they had similar heavy influences and interests such as Motorhead, Slayer and Venom.
Morency had been renting a room in an extensive apartment building that also housed the jam space of local heavyweights Lizard. This is where the raucous rhythm section of Greg Mcleary (bass) and Scotty MacCulloch (drums) of Lizard heard the riffs from Morency and Donahue and decided that they had to join in on the heaviness that was transpiring.
After a period of only a few weeks, Homicide had begun recording what would be their first album “Malice and Forethought”. This catapulted them into the scene, where they played alongside and held their own with the likes of Voivod, Death and Merciful Fate just to name a few. These performances granted Homicide a reputation for one of the best live bands performing on the scene with crowd pleasers such as “Bring Back the Rope” about lax capital punishment policies and “Death Train” giving a nod to the devastation of terrorism in the poison gassing of a Japanese subway line.
With a sound that can be coined as “Apocalyptic Thrash”, Homicide went underground for many years and it was presumed that the band was no longer. However, 2020 brought the band members together again they recorded a new album “Left For Dead” which compared to the first album will be like going from light beer to moonshine. Homicide is back and fully amped to be bringing fast, aggressive to new and old fans around the world.
Homicide’s “Left For Dead” is due out August 21, 2020.
The album as a whole explained by Gabriel Morency – Vocals / Guitar:
It has a very live feel to it. It was done somewhat live. There was a flatbed that was recorded live for this and then it was layered, but not a lot of layers. It’s funny cause we’re in Metal Works studios in Toronto and you know they have done the Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera, Alexisonfire, Guns n’ Roses. Use Your Illusion was done there. So you sort of figure obviously, we didn’t have the same producers, but you’re going to go there and it’s going to sound kind of packaged or get that kind of commercial sort of metal sound and to the credit the producer (Wayne Cochrane ) was anti. To be honest, I and Bryan, let’s add another layer and another layer. We wanted to get fancy and he was like keep it raw, keep it raw. We sort of found that balance of solid professional production and raw metal sound. Sometimes less is more. When we came in we had the amps cranked and he was like dear God! You guys have a lot of feedback and noise you don’t need. I and Bryan didn’t realize how much buzzing and humming we had. You start cranking pedals and Marshals there’s a lot of noise being made.
Track By Track explained:
1. Shot to Hell
A track about gambling addition leading to drinking and depression, it’s a powerhouse that points the finger and pity’s the fool while acting as a warning shot at the same time.
2. Point Blank Range
Increasing the tempo with “Point Blank Range”, which is a classic driving song of raw sounding old school riffs and some more solos. Who said the solo was dead? They lied. The lyrics maybe simple enough but they’re crowd fodder for chanting and will go down a storm in that regard.
3. Left For Dead
The title track is perhaps a reference to the band’s absence for the last 25 years with lyrical references to a phoenix rising from the ashes, it makes the best use of staccato riffs and jack hammer footwork to get its message across while the evil laughter in the fade will crack a smile on the face of even the most hardened of Metal Heads.
4. Enemy of The State
Taking the melodic atmospheric route before kicking in full throttle after a couple of minutes of build-up “Enemy Of The State” then goes full on Municipal Waste as Morency rants and raves about the Government making up conspiracy theories to cover up their actions. It’s a classic headbanger of a cut with short bursts of solo work to keep you on your toes.
5 Nightmares Of The Apocalypse
This is going to be a fast one and rips through like a tornado of destruction as it forewarns of a black future at breakneck speed. Who needs a neck? It’s an old school Corrupted Youth song. We were in a band Corrupted Youth before Homicide In the old station ten rising sun days. Playing with Fatal Illness before they were Grim Skunk, Fair Warning, and all those bands. This is a song we use to play that we just can’t get out of our system, so we had to record it again.
6. Scorched Earth
Sarcasm and tongue in cheek humor are dropped in favor of a frantic and frenetic riff attack. A tale of the end of days with Nuclear blasts and their fallout wiping out humanity, it’s a fierce rager
7. Scourge of God
This track gets things off to a fine start and is a reminder of just how good the storytelling style of Morency is as he delivers a tale of the wrath of God. Mid-tempo evil chugs keep things going nicely and the riffs pay homage to the Bay Area Thrash scene with a nostalgic tooth gap grin while that whammy bar drop is a nice touch. It’s one of those tracks that cut at a point when it could happily go on for another few minutes and that’s always the hall mark of quality.
Album Title: Left for Dead
Release Date: August 21, 2020
1. Shot to Hell (4:43)
2. Point Blank Range (4:15)
3. Left For Dead (4:15)
4. Enemy of The State (5:06)
5. Nightmares of The Apocalypse (2:28)
6. Scorched Earth (3:45)
7. Scourge of God (5:43)
Album Length: 30:18
– All songs performed by Homicide
– All songs written by Morency Donahue except Shot to Hell written by Morency Donahue Maculary, Enemy of the State written by Morency
– Produced by Wayne Cochrane and Homicide
– Mixed by Wayne Cochane
– Mastered by Chris Crerar
– Album artwork by Reisyaibrahim
– Member of Socan
Album and Live Line Up:
Gabriel Morency – Vocals / Guitar
Bryan Donahue – Guitar
Scotty Macculloch – Drums
Greg Maculary – Bass
2020: Left For Dead
1995 – Malice and Forethought
Shared Stage with:
Death, Mercyful Fate, Voivod, Killer Dwarfs, Anvil