Published Dec 19, 2013Guitarist Mitch Harris has been riffing steadily with classic grinders Napalm Death for over 20 years, but he's about to put the focus on a new side-project called Menace, who will release their debut LP Impact Velocity in 2014.
Season of Mist will issue the LP in North America on March 18, with the overseas edition arriving earlier on March 14. A press statement from Harris has the metal musician noting that the record "is the result of [his] life's work," though the album was primarily put together over the course of the last two years.
Early on, the plan was to team up with Soulfly's Max Cavalera and Mastodon's Brann Dailor for the project, the latter even recording a pair of songs with Harris, but conflicting schedules had Harris ultimately looking elsewhere. Included on the LP are his Napalm Death bandmate Shane Embury on bass, drummer Derek Roddy, bassist Fred Leclercq, violin/cello/viola player Nicola Manzan and producer Russ Russell. Harris himself delivers synths, guitars and vocals on the LP.
Neither a tracklisting nor sound samples have been given up at present, but Harris noted that "those familiar with my previous work will be in for a surprise and should expect the unexpected."
"To me, Menace is the old meeting the new; heavy and melodic, descriptive and adventurous, epic and futuristic, carnal and primitive, and so on," he explained. "Menace brings unrealized dreams closer to fruition. It is about overcoming loss and hardship, and a combination of many interests, including spiritual philosophy, psychology, science, physics, theatrics, the supernatural, the paranormal, film, poetry, photography, art, sculpture and video; the things I've focused all my energy on over the last twenty years. It's an organic meets technological approach to exploration and self discovery through a direction I term audio-installationism (A.I.)."