(Having been immersed deep in my own transcendence's wheel of time… and, of course, the Winter Olympics… (quick medal count: Germany leads with 7 Gold medals and 12 in total, Netherlands (the kings and queens of speed skating) are second with 5 Gold medals and unbelievable 17 medals in total, Norway stands firm third with 5 Gold and total 14 and SCORPION CHILD's home country (even Texas played its snowy part this year, I read) currently occupies seventh place on the medals table – and thank you, Ov Father, for finally recognising the hard work of one of your bests: Bode Miller) So, SCORPION CHILD, in cooperation with the talented director and award-winning stop-motion animator Jess Cope, released a new video for ‘Kings Highway’ (“a bluesy slow-burner”) off the band's eponymous debut LP out on Nuclear Blast Records since June 2013. Upon its release, ‘Scorpion Child’ entered German Media Control charts at number 84. SCORPION CHILD's nine, hook-filled chapters of heavy psych rock, produced and arranged by Grammy-nominated Chris “Frenchie” Smith using analog recording technology, got the metal press' big league excited (see below). To get exited yourselves, shop here (Nuclear Blast Europe store), or search for this wonder, available as CD, vinyl and digitally, on iTunes or Amazon:
“This eponymous debut from Texan quintet SCORPION CHILD surely ranks among the most head-scratching LPs of 2013, maybe the entire decade thus far. Why? Because it’s so damn hard to fathom what heavy metal category to file the band under: trad, retro, stoner, groove - heck, even '80s hair metal springs to mind, at times - like some kind of headbanger morality test, nagging one to distrust that gut feeling insisting everything will actually be just fine in the morning. Which is another way of saying you’ll probably need several listens to solve SCORPION CHILD's riddle; but given some effort, you’ll be glad you did,” [wrote Eduardo Rivadavia for Blabbermouth – more here]
It is fair to say that SCORPION CHILD come from lots of different places, not only logistically but musically as well, with influences as diversified as classic 80's thrash metal to the old school southern blues of Blind Willie Johnson, Lemon Jefferson and Willie McTell. In 2006, the musicians gathered in Austin, Texas to form a band and soon enough they found their own footing. After years of balancing full-time jobs at coffee shops and bars around the town, an experience they say forced them to be very disciplined, in 2010 SCORPION CHILD finally gained peer recognition and critical praise from local and regional press.
SCORPION CHILD features: Aryn Jonathan Black – vocals, Shaun Diettrick Avants – bass, Christopher Jay Cowart - lead guitar, Shawn Paul Alvear – drums and Tom “The Mole” Frank – rhythm guitar