New Jersey thrash act Blood Feast will rise from a 28 year slumber with the release of the highly anticipated third full-length album, “The Future State Of Wicked.” The follow up to 1989’s “Chopping Block Blues” is set for international release on April 14th via Hells Headbangers.
Blood Feast fans old and new will not be disappointed by “The Future State of Wicked,” as the “holy trinity” of releases from the band’s early days – Kill For Pleasure (1987), the Face Fate EP (1988) and Chopping Block Blues (1990) – inform much of the new album. All the speed, brutality, and twists ‘n’ turns Blood Feast is known for are intact and in your face (nine of the 10 songs being written by original guitarist Adam Tranquilli), yet updated with modern production. Joining Adam are vocalist Chris Natalini and bassist Tom Lorenzo, along with some new blood in Joe Moore (drums) and CJ Scioscia (guitar).
Blood Feast was formed by Adam Tranquilli, Gary Markowich (vocals), Kevin Kuzma (drums), and Lou Starita (bass) in 1985 as Blood Lust. They quickly wrote and recorded the classic four-song demo, “The Suicidal Missions.” Shortly after, they became a five-piece with the addition of Michael Basden on guitar. The band was then approached by New Renaissance Records to contribute songs to the Thrash Metal Attack (“Menacing Thunder”) and Speed Metal Hell 3 (“The Suicidal Missions”). This prompted the name change to Blood Feast. New Renaissance then offered a record deal, which led to the recording of the classic “Kill For Pleasure” album and a US tour with Death Angel. The “Face Fate” EP quickly followed.
Shortly after writing and recording the proposed second album, Adam left the band. The remaining four members then re-recorded these songs, which became the album “Chopping Block Blues.” The band broke up shortly after the album’s release in early 1990.
The five-man Blood Feast reunited for an appearance at the NJ March Metal Meltdown in 1999, but further activity was not to be. A second reunion began in 2007, albeit only with original members Tranquilli and Kuzma. Both Lorenzo and Natalini came on board in 2010, just in time for the band’s first appearance at Headbangers Open Air in Germany (the band was invited back in 2013). During this stretch, Adam began writing new material, with the band even playing an early version of “INRI” at select shows.
The track list for the album is:
1. INRI (song streaming here)
2. Off With Their Heads
4. By The Slice
5. The Underling
6. Last Rites
7. Who Prays For the Devil
9. Remnants II
10. The Burn