A couple years back, San Diego veteran Justin Pearson — best known for noisy punk bands like Dead Cross, the Locust and Retox — started making dark experimental music under the name Satanic Planet with producer Luke Henshaw and Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves. Now, the trio has expanded to include none other than ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, who found himself able to contribute to weird-ass studio projects like this in the absence of his usual touring obligations.
Today (May 26th), we're proud to be premiering the band's self-titled debut album, which is a spine-tingling amalgamation of doom, industrial and blackened ambient music that's probably unlike anything else you've ever heard.
Some of the record sounds like satanic hymns set to music while other portions veer into screechy industrial noise and downright terrifying atmospheric doom. Interestingly, Lombardo was also a co-producer on the record, and the minimalist percussion on these songs doesn't sound like the type of work he's done in bands like Slayer, Misfits and Mr. Bungle. It's one of the weirdest, most out-there things he's ever been a part of — and it's cool as hell.
Outside of the four main members, the album features a litany of guests including Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan, Nomi Abadi, Silent's Jung Sing, Hexa's Carrie Feller and many others. Take a listen to all 13 creepy cuts below.
What's more, the music comes with a message:
"These dark musical soundscapes serve as a vessel to share the important messages that The Satanic Temple stands for, including religious freedom, highlighting the hypocrisy in dominant organized religions, and the horrific consequences of pseudoscience and malpractice still being utilized today in America," Satanic Planet shared in a statement.
Satanic Planet will be officially released on May 28th via Three One G Records. Pre-orders are available here.