BL’AST! guitarist Mike Neider was recently interviewed by New Noise magazine, where he talked about the band’s long-awaited new album, which he states is “getting brutal”, and their involvement with Rise Records, whose founder Craig Ericson is a fan of the band. He states:
“Craig attended Bl’ast! parties before we even had a release out. He’s always been a Bl’ast! fan and wanted to release some stuff with us. Rise Records will have three releases out with Bl’ast! by the end of 2016!”
Neider also talked about a possible reissue of their last album to date, 1989’s Take the Manic Ride, which, unlike BL’AST!’s first two records, has not received a reissue treatment. He states, “We wanted to release that more than anything else and improve on the quality of the mix. We cannot find the original tapes for a remix, and remastering it wouldn’t be satisfying enough. We considered a re-recording of it, but I didn’t want to offend the sign of the times. I’m still pondering on what to do with that record.”
Last month, BL’AST! released a 7″ split with Eyehategod on Rise Records. They also released a two-song EP For Those Who’ve Graced the Fire! last October, which was the first new material of any kind the band had released in over 25 years. Their 2013 release Blood! was a previously-unreleased album recorded in the 1980’s and remixed by Dave Grohl.
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