On May 7, Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) will release CRUCIFIED by M:Pire of Evil, the thrash metal project by former Venom members Mantas (guitar), Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan (vocals, bass), and ex-Throwdown drummer JXN.
CRUCIFIED bulldozes through eleven tracks (including nine Venom favorites from the PRIME EVIL era), opening with the driving “Temples of Ice” and not taking its foot off the gas through the closing beast, “Taking It All” (which includes the perfect anti- chant). The riffs are dense and mighty, rhythms propulsive, and the vocals relentlessly intense. The record takes on dystopian themes of destruction, evil, and corruption and in the case of pointed tracks like “Blackened Are The Priests,” all three.
In 1979, guitarist Jeff Dunn took on the name Mantas and created a musical entity that would inspire an entire subgenre of metal. Venom combined dark, heavy and loud with a proficiency that created history with two records, WELCOME TO HELL and BLACK METAL, that are considered the gold standard of thrash. Built on this foundation, M:Pire of Evil formed in the U.K. in 2010. Their debut record displayed musical integrity and prowess befitting of the legacy. CRUCIFIED, MoE’s second full-length record, continues that legacy.
CRUCIFIED TRACK LIST
- Temples of Ice
- Kissing the Beast
- Blackened Are The Priests
- Black Legions
- Need To Kill
- Wolverine (
- Taking It All
CRUCIFIED will be in stores and online retailers for MSRP of $14.98. The booklet includes art by Mantas, lyrics and band pics.