BLACK MAGNET: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Hegemon” By Industrial Metal Entity; Hallucination Scene Debut LP Nears September Release Through 20 Buck Spin

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Industrial metal outfit BLACK MAGNET will release its debut LP, Hallucination Scene, through 20 Buck Spin in early September. With the record closing in, the new single “Hegemon” is now streaming exclusively at Cvlt Nation.

With all vocals, guitars, synthesizers, drum programming, and samples written and performed by BLACK MAGNET’s sole member James Hammontree, Hallucination Scene was recorded at Decade Studio in Chicago, Illinois by Sanford Parker (EyeHateGod, Darkthrone, Spirit Adrift), mixed by Parker at the Hypercube, mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room, and completed with cover imagery by James Ventura. The sonic magnitude of industrial metal and post-punk muscularity, heavy synth textures, and rhythmic militance imbue BLACK MAGNET’s Hallucination Scene with a frenetic pulse acutely attuned to the head on collision of alternate dystopian timelines that is 2020.

Hammontree offers of the new single, “‘Hegemon’ is the most haunting and esoteric song on the album. We enjoy opening the set with it as it sets an atmospheric precedent for the rest of the show. Lyrically the song deals with Thelemite principles involving awareness and consciousness. The chorus “a god unknown, free of flesh and bone” is a reference to man’s ability to have direct communication with his consciousness through focus and intuition. Deeper layers of consciousness are there and available whether you know it or not.”

Cvlt Nation writes with the song’s premiere, “I’ve just plugged my brain into the industrial soundscapes of BLACK MAGNET’s Hallucination Scene, and the fury of this record is running havoc through my body… this record will take you back to the 90’s while pushing your skull into the future!”

Stream BLACK MAGNET’s “Hegemon” at Cvlt Nation RIGHT HERE.

20 Buck Spin will release Hallucination Scene September 4th on LP, CD, and all digital formats. Fans of Godflesh, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Front Line Assembly, Pitch Shifter, Killing Joke, and Statiqbloom should not miss this record.

Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp where “Divination Equipment” and “Punishment Map” are also streaming HERE.

While birthed in the late 1980s, it was in the 1990s that the “industrial metal” genre came to full fruition with the likes of Godflesh, Ministry, Pitch Shifter, Fear Factory, Front Line Assembly, and even Nine Inch Nails carving out (or in some cases sampling) metal inspired riffing over a backbone of electronic malevolence and brutal machine driven percussion. In that tradition, BLACK MAGNET offers the haunted pummeling synthesis that is their debut album, Hallucination Scene.

From the initial battering of opener “Divination Equipment,” it is clear BLACK MAGNET plays heavy guitar focused music with equal devotion to industrial rhythms and electronic machine thunder. Throughout the punishing lurch a dark melodic sense throbs with uniform attention paid to the club floor as much as the mosh pit. All the while BLACK MAGNET progenitor James Hammontree guides the hallucinatory torment and ecstasy with his acerbic delivery. Live, Hammontree is joined by a full lineup. BLACK MAGNET is prepared to tour heavily if the current biblical plague ever ends.

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