Swarm of Eyes vocalist Randy Carter and guitarist Derrik Albertelli appear on the previously unreleased Motokops 2000 track, “Unborn Sin.” Available for listening on ReverbNation, the song gives Swarmies a chance to hear Randy and Derrik in the now-defunct New England metal band in the years before Swarm of Eyes was formed.
That’s right, kids. Once upon a time, before the Swarm were ever a glint in a swarm of, uhh… eyes… There was the mighty, mighty Motokops 2000.
Known as “MK2K” to their legion of fans, the band was renowned for their high-energy live shows. These live performances featured a mix of brutally awesome original metal songs and unorthodox covers. (Have you ever heard hardcore versions of The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men” or Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon”?! Well!?!?! HAVE YOU!!?!?!)
Comprised of Randy Carter on vocals, Dave Novin on guitar, and a drum machine so damn good it made Neil Peart sound like Peter Criss, the band later expanded to include Derrik Albertelli on guitar, shredding things up alongside Novin’s powerful riffs.
MK2K eventually disbanded when Dave Novin was called to the West Coast to slay giants and train ninjas. Several years later, Swarm of Eyes arose from the ashes as a new metal force to be reckoned with.
As the saying goes, “everything old is new again.” While MK2K will not be reuniting any time soon, a long-awaited follow up to 2003’s … Only Pieces Remain is in the works. “Unborn Sin” is one of several previously unreleased tracks that will appear on the as-yet-untitled album with Producer/Engineer/Programmer/Guitarist Extraordinaire Dave Novin at the helm.
Online metal radio station, KosherMetal.com is doing their part to support underground metal with the release of Kosher Komp: Vol. 1, available for free download on September 10th, 2011. The compilation features 25 songs from 14 metal bands, including Threat Level, Ana Kefr, Mouth of the Serpent, and (of course) Swarm of Eyes.
Since Swarm of Eyes are twice as handsome as most metal bands, they will have not one, but two songs from their debut, Designing the Dystopia, included on the compilation. Future fans who have not yet had the pleasure of having heard Swarm of Eyes (or fans too cheap to purchase the insanely affordable album through the band’s website, iTunes or CD Baby) can experience the joy of having their ears bleed to the tune of “Ruins of My Last Salvation” and “Teeth of the Serpent” with the release of the Kosher Komp: Vol. 1 download.
A full track listing will be available on September 10th, 2011. Fans will be able to download the compilation for free at KosherMetal.com. For now, get a gander at all of the bands appearing on the download and brace yourself for extreme handsomeness at 0.31 on the video below:
Oy, vey! Swarm of Eyes have been declared “kosher” by online radio station, KosherMetal.com. No, they won’t be laying laying off the bacon in favor of gefilte fish any time soon. Rather, songs from the band’s debut, Designing the Dystopia, are now included in the station’s airplay rotation.
Named for the slang term for “genuine and authentic,” Kosher Metal’s rotation playlist pulls from all subgenres of metal, blasting listeners’ ears with offerings from more established metal acts alongside newer and/or unsigned bands. Listeners can tune in via smartphone (Blackberry, Android, iPhone/Pad/Pod Touch) using the TuneIn Radio/Radiotime apps (http://www.koshermetal.com/mobile) and on the web at www.koshermetal.com. To find out about upcoming interviews, contests, or to request a song, connect with Kosher Metal directly through their website, or via the Kosher Metal Facebook page.
Swarm of Eyes is thrilled to have received the Kosher Metal stamp of approval and hope to reach new fans via the site’s airwaves.