Body Prophecy, the second LP from Midwestern US industrial metal outfit BLACK MAGNET, is now streaming in its entirety, preceding its official release through 20 Buck Spin this Friday.
With the 2020 release of BLACK MAGNET’s debut album, Hallucination Scene, a new industrial metal power emerged from the unlikely landscape of Oklahoma City. After anxiously waiting out the pandemic, BLACK MAGNET returned to the road in late 2021 and now prepares to drop the second full-length burst of machine-driven mayhem and electronic deviance, Body Prophecy. Here, mastermind James Hammontree welds the frenetic vitality of post-punk and metal energy with driving synthetic club beats, factory force physicality, and alluringly stark melodic pulses. Tracks like “Floating In Nothing” and “Violent Mechanix” feature both intensely catchy hooks and hammering brutal noise. “Sold Me Sad” is a quietly deranged lullaby that takes an atmospheric turn. The throbbing drug-addled lurch of the Manson/Reznor-esque “Incubate” is, at the end of the album, treated to a completely re-imagined and extended club style remix by scene legend Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Zonal, Jesu).
Performed by James Hammontree, Body Prophecy was engineered and mixed by Sanford Parker at Hypercube Studios (Youth Code, Statiqbloom, Bloodyminded), mastered by Colin Jordan at the Boiler Room (Ministry, Pigface, Eyehategod), and completed with artwork by Jesse Draxler (Nine Inch Nails, Ghostmane, H09909) and photos by Johnny Bohlen. Live, Hammontree is joined by Ryne Bratcher on guitar and Eric Goreman on synth.
For all its harsher, scraping atmospheres and pummeling aggression, Body Prophecy always remains an eminently tight, memorable album molded for the stage and constructed to keep bodies in motion and listeners transfixed.
Revolver Magazine just featured BLACK MAGNET in their new installment of 5 Artists You Need To Know, dubbing Body Prophecy, “…an uncompromising force of heavily metallic machine music… amidst the clanging atmosphere and clattering beats are gnashing guitars with the destructive capacity of an electric fence built from razor wire.” Treble’s Album Of The Week review proclaims, “If nostalgia does play a role here, it’s a fleeting impulse in what’s otherwise a commitment to further exploration of a potently dystopian sound through complementary contradictions of decadence and destruction. At its loudest, Body Prophecy is the most direct kind of noise therapy, but when a rift opens within its field of distortion, an even more bewitching kind of tension remains.”
With the advance stream of the album, Hammontree offers, “Body Prophecy deals with the evaluation of the human body we occupy in this world. The expansion of my consciousness, personal growth, and extra physical experience have been the main contributors to the creation of Body Prophecy and have extended in ways even beyond the music itself. Having a definite picture of my clear purpose and allowing it to infiltrate my subconscious mind was at the forefront of its creation.”
BLACK MAGNET is prime listening for fans of Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Godflesh, Front Line Assembly, Nine Inch Nails, Code Orange, Pitch Shifter, Head Of David, Killing Joke, Author And Punisher, Ghostmane, H09909, and Youth Code.
Hear BLACK MAGNET’s crushing Body Prophecy in its entirety early through YouTube at THIS LOCATION.
20 Buck Spin will release Body Prophecy on LP, CD, and digital platforms Friday, July 29th. Find digital preorders at Bandcamp HERE and physical preorders at the label webshop HERE. Also watch the videos for “Floating In Nothing” HERE and “Hemetix” HERE.
BLACK MAGNET continues to announce regional shows in support of Body Prophecy, including a show in Tulsa with Un Hombre Solo and Strangers In Mirrors on August 24th, and a show supporting KEN Mode in Oklahoma City on October 27th. Watch for more widespread dates to be announced over the months ahead.
BLACK MAGNET Live:
8/24/2022 Whittier Bar – Tulsa, OK w/ Un Hombre Solo, Strangers In Mirrors.
10/27/2022 89th St. Collective – Oklahoma City, OK w/ KEN Mode