Jessica Pimentel may be best known for playing the role of Maria Ruiz in all seven seasons of Orange Is the New Black, but she has metal cred to spare. A lifelong metalhead, she starred in Slayer's Repentless Killogy film, toured as a backing vocalist with Brujeria and fronts her own hard-hitting band, Brooklyn's Alekhine's Gun. It's been since years since the group's last release, 2014's ...And Things Will Fall EP, but that drought is about to end. Alekhine's Gun have a long-overdue follow-up EP, Year of the Lazarus, due out tomorrow (September 25th), and today, they've teamed with Revolver to premiere standout cut "Ngepar Chiwa," the title of which translates to "Certain Death." Blast the gnarly, black-metal-inflected ripper above.
"Death is the one common denominator that pervades all existence," the band comments on the song in a joint statement. "As most of us get bogged down with all the worldly goals, desires and fears of human life, how often do we sit and contemplate our own Death? In Tibetan Buddhism we focus, meditate on and practice our own death on a daily basis. Nothing in this world is yours. Even your own body will betray you. At the moment of death you will lose everything. This moment can come at any time. Constantly reminding yourself of your impermanence causes a radical shift in one's mind stream freeing you from attachments, hatred, greed and fear which cause daily suffering and helps you reevaluate what is truly important. By becoming friends with death we are able to live a more perfect life. By eliminating the fear of the unknown we can have a peaceful death, which not only benefits ourselves by helping us to easily reach our next plane of existence properly but helps ease the minds and suffering that we cause by our departure from those who love us."