CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER End Reunion Bid, Change Name To BELOW

Reformed speedcore pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER have officially changed their name to BELOW following the departure of vocalist Bill Treadway (formerly Bill Crooks).

"Initially, we were planning on reforming the band with three of the four original members including myself, [bassist] Rob [Nicholson], and Bill," guitarist Les Evans told Belgium's Pull The Chain. "Brian Lehfeldt (WEHRMACHT) was enlisted to play drums before I had ever even talked to the other guys about doing a reunion. As it turned out, Bill decided that he was not really up for it after all and it just wasn't something that he could fit into his present life. So, with Bill gone I didn't really think we could call the band CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, although we did still want to pursue it in some form. Rob, who had been playing bass for ROB ZOMBIE's band, suddenly found himself out of a job when Zombie called it quits. So he's working now with Page Hamilton (HELMET). As you can see, things change fast in the music biz. Pressing on, Brian and I decided to get the craziest guy we knew to do vocals, Chris Merrow (VILLAGE IDIOT) and we are working on material now. The song posted on the [CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER] website 'Cataract' (mp3) is Brian on drums, Chris on vox, and myself on guitar and bass. Obviously, the bass player slot is still open, and I'd love to have Rob involved, but with his new gig and the fact that he lives a thousand miles away will make it difficult.

"The reason we changed the name is that it really is a new band and we don't want to mislead people. CRYPTIC still has a real core following that dates all the way back to the mid 80's and those fans identify CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER as being Rob, Bill, Scott, and Les, PERIOD. And I love that people are that hardcore and dedicated.

"What people have to understand about the new line-up is that I've known these guys forever. CRYPTIC and WEHRMACHT played together for the first time in 1986, two weeks before 'Convicted' was released and there was a real bond between the two bands (as well as a friendly competition that pushed us to try and outdo one another). In addition to being a great friend, Brian was always one of our biggest fans and one of the most brilliant drummers I've ever seen. Chris Merrow was also part of the scene back in the 80's. He did a great fanzine that was far more entertaining and intuitive than most. In 1989, he moved to Portland about six months after I did, and started making music shortly afterwards.

"What we're going after now is that same energy and vibe from the early days. Don't expect it to sound exactly like [1987's] 'Money Talks' because it won't. But we want to recapture that same feeling of urgency and intensity. What I can promise you is that it will be fast, brutal, and angry. And when we're ready to play live, we will definitely bust out some early CRYPTIC songs. Without a doubt." Read more.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).