Balor to release new album “Born Astride the Grave” on December 4th
“In Irish mythology, Balor was a leader of the Fomorians, a group of malevolent supernatural beings. He is often described as a giant with a large eye that wreaks destruction when opened.” Now that’s fucking metal!
Balor the perfect name for a metal band that provides a destructive soundtrack, to this image you now have branded on your skull. Balor will be releasing their debut album digitally on December 4th, with the first single “Low. Rent. Behavior” already puncturing eardrums all over the world. Here is nothing but the harsh truth, in his own words. The why, where and when with former 357 Justice/Built For Battle vocalist Todd Farrell. As Balor “Born Astride The Grave” will wreak its own fatal destruction all over the world on December 4, 2020 – “Balor began when I got a call from Ian Reilly asking if I would be interested in fronting The Killing Condition after Greg “Tiny” Kennedy (Wasteform/Straight Jacket) had stepped down. As interested as I was in the notion , I still wanted to reach out to Tiny to gain his blessing before accepting the spot. Low and behold, he wasn’t very receptive to the idea of someone else performing his parts. So, I went to the band (Ian Reilly, Phil Shannon, Rhandy Smith and, at that time, Eric Riberty) with the idea of starting over. New approach, new name and direction. With that on the table we just began moving forward with the sound you can hear on our debut record, Born Astride the Grave, available on 12/4/2020.”
“To me Balor is all the genres of heavy music that I love to listen to all at work and all at the same time. Yeah there’s grind, there’s breakdown mosh parts, thrash, groove and death metal all in one bag. The way these guys make all of that sound like one piece of music is 100% beauty to me. It gives me a blank canvas to paint on that I have never really had in prior projects. It’s a challenge at times but always welcomed. For me, it has matured my approach and strengthens the possibilities of where I can go lyrically and vocally.”
“The recording process was rather smooth, actually. We booked time with Tom Case in September and October of 2019 and recorded the record in roughly 4 or 5 sessions of approximately 5 to 6 hours at a time. With this COVID nonsense we ended up sitting on the recording for over a year because we just weren’t sure where all this was going to take us. So, roughly 15 months after the recording was finished, we are gunning to release it digitally at first, and soon after we will have hard copies for sale. We chose to do so simply because we are tired of just sitting on it and want to get it out there for people to hear. No release show, no shows to promote, no problem… LOL. Just get it out there and continue to work on the second record, which is about a quarter finished as far as writing and ideas are concerned. Let’s end 2020 with some good vibes and jump to 2021 on a moving train.”