INTERVIEW Weapon delivers chakra bending black metal

Today was a beautiful sunny day, a great day for black metal. Tonight I will see Marduk, 1349, Withered and Weapon at Sonar at the first stop on their Serpent Sermon World tour.

Weapon, from Edmonton, Alberta was visiting Black Mess Records in Baltimore, Md., so I thought I would stop in and find out a little more about this group, which I knew next to nothing about until last week. (Thanks to Hasan Ali for alerting me to their greatness!)

Weapon is a four-piece blackened death metal band that includes Vetis Monarch (guitar, vocals), The Disciple (drums), Kha Tumos (bass) and newest member Rom Surtr (lead guitar.  They are signed to Relapse Records and say they plan to put out a new recording with this current line up by the fall or early next year.

Since its inception in about 2003, Weapon has released a demo, two-EPs and two full-length recordings. I picked up their 2010 From The Devil’s Tomb (with the previous lead guitarist), and so far have really liked every track. My favorite song is “Sardonyx.” The music is highly infused with East Asian soundscapes,  influenced by Vetis Monarch’s Bangladeshi roots. Where else could you expect to  hear an electric sitar and tabla drums in black or death metal? Weapon delivers many surprises! 
At the bottom of this post, check out this brief interview that I did with Weapon today, and take time to check them out when they come through town. Visit their Facebook page here
After tonight, remaining tour dates include:

June 02 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
June 03 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
June 04 – Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques
June 05 – Toronto, ON – Wreck Room
June 06 – Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
June 07 – Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
June 08 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
June 09 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4
June 10 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
June 11 – Regina, SK – The Exchange
June 12 – Calgary, AB – Distillery
June 14 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
June 15 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
June 16 – Portland, OR – Bossanova
June 17 – San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
June 18 – Fullerton, CA – Slidebar
June 19 – Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
June 20 – San Diego, CA – Ruby Room

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