BLOOD FEAST has inked a deal with Hells Headbangers for the release of the band's third full-length album, "The Future State Of Wicked".
Fans old and new will not be disappointed, as much of the new effort is reminiscent of the "holy trinity" of releases from the band's early days — "Kill For Pleasure" (1987), the " Face Fate" EP (1988) and "Chopping Block Blues" (1990). All the speed, brutality, and twists 'n' turns BLOOD FEAST is known for are intact and in your face — nine of the 10 songs being written by original guitarist Adam Tranquilli — yet updated with modern production. Joining Adam are vocalist Chris Natalini and bassist Tom Lorenzo, along with some new blood in Joe Moore (drums) and CJ Scioscia (guitar).
BLOOD FEAST was formed by Adam Tranquilli, Gary Markowich (vocals), Kevin Kuzma (drums), and Lou Starita (bass) in 1985 as BLOOD LUST. They quickly wrote and recorded their classic four-song demo, "The Suicidal Missions". Shortly after, they became a five-piece with the addition of Michael Basden on guitar. The band was then approached by New Renaissance Records to contribute songs to their "Thrash Metal Attack" ("Menacing Thunder") and "Speed Metal Hell 3" ("The Suicidal Missions") compilations. This prompted the name change to BLOOD FEAST. New Renaissance then offered the band a record deal, which led to the recording of the classic "Kill For Pleasure" album and a U.S. tour with DEATH ANGEL. The "Face Fate" EP quickly followed.
Shortly after writing and recording their proposed second album, Adam left the band. The remaining four members then re-recorded these songs, which became the album "Chopping Block Blues". The band broke up shortly after the album's release in early 1990.
The five-man BLOOD FEAST reunited for an appearance at the New Jersey March Metal Meltdown in 1999, but further activity was not to be. A second reunion began in 2007, albeit only with original members Tranquilli and Kuzma. Both Lorenzo and Natalini came on board in 2010, just in time for the band's first appearance at Headbangers Open Air in Germany (they were invited back in 2013). During this stretch, Adam began writing new material, with the band even playing an early version of "INRI" at select shows.
The current incarnation of BLOOD FEAST began to take shape in March of 2014, with the addition of guitarist CJ Scioscia. When drummer Joe Moore joined a few months later, the unit was complete and immediately set to work on Adam's stockpile of new material. Two of these songs ("Off With Their Heads" and "The Burn") have become staples of the current live set. Such performances have become more frequent, culminating with an appearance at the True Thrash Fest 2015 in Osaka, Japan with EXCITER, HOBB'S ANGEL OF DEATH, and GAME OVER and, most recently, Hells Headbangers' Hells Headbash 2 in Cleveland, Ohio.
BLOOD FEAST is currently finishing up "The Future State Of Wicked" at LCBW Recording in Watchung, New Jersey. A release is expected next year through Hells Headbangers.
BLOOD FEAST is:
Adam Tranquilli - guitar
Chris Natalini - vocals
Tom Lorenzo - bass guitar
Joe Moore - drums
CJ Scioscia - guitar