As you can see from the photo above, Randy Blythe has been a fan of North Carolina sludgers Sourvein for quite a while. So, when they asked him to contribute vocals to their new album, he was all about it.
Blythe is a busy man. He just finished his memoir, he's prepping for a photo exhibition and working on new material for Lamb of God. I guess he had a few hours free because he decided to help these dudes out too.
Blythe made the announcement, as he makes most announcements, via his Instagram:
Amongst reading the page proofs of my book & getting the final edit and design version of that approved, getting all the photos ready for my gallery show, dealing with my band on the creative end & all the endless crap that comes with that, and doing press for my book, photo show, and upcoming band tours, I decided I needed a break. Where does an overloaded writer/photographer/musician/creative type go when he needs a break? To the studio to work on SOMEBODY ELSE'S project, of course! Here's my buddy T-Roy of Cape Fear, NC's infamous Sourvein tracking vocals for their new record, Aquatic Occult, which will be coming out later this year on @MetalBladeRecords. I love the lines in this photo! I went down to Raleigh, NC where Sourvein were tracking & added a little Randy into the mix- the record will have guest vocals by me on a song, a spoken word bit on another, a creepy organ part I wrote on another, and some samples I collected where ever T-Roy decides to put 'em. I have deep roots in the Cape Fear, so when it calls, I answer. It was good to hang with my homie, & I'm looking forward to @sourveinofficials new album when it drops- bringing the Southern heavy vibe to Metal Blade! Plus, it gave me a chance to work with Sourvein's producer for this album, who is a PUNK ROCK LEGEND & has been a HUGE influence on me as a vocalist since I was in high school…
This wild man is Mike Dean, bassist of Raleigh, NC's Corrosion of Conformity. MD is producing the new @sourveinofficials "Aquatic Occult" for Metal Blade Recs, & I was SUPER-STOKED to have him tracking me while I did guest vocals for the record. In a way, Mike & his drummer Reed Mullin are responsible for me being a singer. In 1985, COC put out their groundbreaking album, "Animosity"- Mike & Reed did vocals on it. I was in high school then, and I loved, loved, LOVED that record, & I still do to this day- it is a PERFECT ALBUM. Back then, the punk/hc scene was much more regional (& in so many ways, I miss that aspect of those days- there are other aspects I don't miss AT ALL, like having to be ready to fight the entire rest of the world as soon as you walked out your door just because you looked different- that SUCKED- but I do miss the regional aspect- scenes were much stronger & tighter knit then, & as such had unique identities- this has been LOST in the Internet age), & as a VA/NC boy, I was extra-stoked on COC- they were from the region. One day I was in a car with some older dudes headed out to go skateboarding in downtown Wilmington, NC- I guess I was 14 or 15 years old?- & the driver put "Animosity" on in the TAPE DECK. I was screaming along in the back seat & the driver said "Whoa! Damn dude- you can do that- you should be in a band, man!" I always remembered that. THIRTY YEARS LATER, Mike Dean is tracking my vocals. That's CRAZY to me. He's a mad scientist, & it was an honor to work with him. So watch out for Sourvein's "Aquatic Occult" out later this year on @MetalBladeRecords- good times with the NC crew!
It's awesome that Blythe still remains a fan after all these years in the business. Him getting excited about Mike Reed tracking his vocals is getting me excited.
Aquatic Occult comes out later this year!