The laserpunk duo RAINBOWLICKER, consisting of Johan (ex-BEASTMILKco-founder/songwriter) and Peps (ex-CREEPY CRAWLIE), has for quite some time aroused attention with their live performances, but until now, the twosome hasn’t been successfully persuaded to enter the studio. Svart Records forced the duo to record an album, titled I Saw The Light But Turned It Off, to be released in January 2017.
Today, the band unleashes the music video for the first single off the album, “Highscore.” Directed by Teemu Niukkanen and produced by Teko Films, the video is a revealing look into the music business and its shadowy workings. Awkwardly humorous, the video perfectly illustrates the band’s worldview in all the shades of grey.
RAINBOWLICKER draws inspiration from the fury of punk rock and riot grrrl subculture and drowns them in electronic pulsating waves of sound. The eclectic electric group has been difficult to pin down, and their music has shaken the walls of art galleries as well as rat-infested Russian squats. “In life, things get often so embarrassing that one just can’t do anything about it or especially say it aloud, but sometimes you just have to,” Johan describes the band’s modus operandi.
Finland’s BEASTMILK have been extremely busy these days. First, they have parted ways with co-founding guitarist Johan “goatspeed” Snell. Thus, the remaining members felt the need to change the band’s name to GRAVE PLEASURES moving forward.
ORANSSI PAZUZU guitarist Juho Vanhanen also joins the ranks for live/studio purposes. The band will have two guitarists now, including Linnea Olsson (THE OATH, SONIC RITUAL).
Additionally, GRAVE PLEASURES are working on their major label deal debut.
To satisfy the rabid demand for BEASTMILK‘s first releases, White Stains on Black Wax and Use Your Deluge, Magic Bullet Records will bring them to the U.S. on October 14, 2014.
Initially issued as a self-released cassette in 2010, which Fenriz of DARKTHRONE praised in his Band Of The Week features, several hundred copies of the White Stains on Black Tape demo tape sold out immediately. The strength of the material on White Stains on Black Tape garnered the attention and appreciation of Finland’s Svart Records, who issued the songs on vinyl in 2011. In the years to follow, the 7” and tape became cult favorites amongst rabid underground music fans.
Use Your Deluge was originally issued as a four-song 7” in 2012. Early discoverers of the EP were treated to the apocalyptic post punk brilliance that the rest of the world would come to clamor for a year later with the band’s Climax LP.
The Finnish gods of post apocalyptic death rock, BEASTMILK, have posted videos of their journey from New York to Salem, Massachusetts to record their monumental record, Climax. Check out the two videos that they’ve posted so far.
Once again, another fruitful year in extreme music draws to a close. We saw some long awaited comebacks by legends, three quarters of the original SABBATH line up, VOIVOD and CARCASS. The godfathers of U.S. death metal had a healthy year with strong releases by SUFFOCATION, DEICIDE, and IMMOLATION. We also saw young superstars, GHOST B.C. and KVELERTAK, release good sophomore albums. Perhaps the most polarizing and criticized album is SATYRICON‘s self-titled album, which was roasted by the majority of the media and fans.
Among the mountains of releases, there is one album that we’ll gush about again and again, and that’s CARCASS‘ comeback album, Surgical Steel. There are always good and interesting albums coming out all the time, and then there are the untouchable albums that only the legendary bands could create. Surgical Steel scorches everything in its path and clearly shows that in the pantheon of active bands, they are at the top.
Let it be declared that BEASTMILK are destined for stardom. In addition to their songwriting skills, charisma, and musicianship, these Finns have that special intangible that separates the stars from the merely “really cool” bands.
While a long list of bands and labels, such as JOY DIVISION, BAUHAUS, SISTERS OF MERCY,DANZIG, post-punk meets gothic rock, etc., could be used to describe their sound, the band describe themselves as “Apocalyptic death rock from Finland.”
From the first seconds of album opener “Death Reflects Us,” you are overcome with the instant classic feel of it all. The huge chorus just sweeps over you and nirvana ensues. The uber catchy songs don’t stop coming as Climax pushes forward. And it’s not just about the hooks, BEASTMILK create a dark, haunting atmosphere that lends to their charisma.
The closer you listen to Climax, the more it’s clear how much each band member holds up their end. Great musicianship all around.
BEASTMILK‘s debut full length, Climax, is an instant classic – one of those albums that you’ll be spinning nonstop and telling all your friends about. Greatness is here. (Magic Bullet Records/Svart Records)