BELTFED WEAPON Premieres “Killing Machine”

Darkened Demise EP (Released June 25, 2023) cover art by Sidjimbe Art

“Seattle thrash/speed/death metal supergroup Beltfed Weapon may have released their latest EP Darkened Demise last month, but they’re not letting you forget the sheer level of overwhelming power and brutality they’re dishing out. To keep their brand of brutality to the forefront, they released the third single from their EP, titled “Killing Machine.” And as you can guess from the title, it’s not a song about horses and rainbows.” – Metal Sucks

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Frank Hetzel – rhythm guitar 

Steve Tucker – vocals 

Jason Viebrooks – bass 

Jeff Loomis -lead guitar 

Kragen Lum – lead guitar

Bryan Newbury – drums 

Frank Hetzel explains, “‘Killing Machine’ is about a soldier who is bred to kill and die with honor serving his country, 100% committed to his duty. Following his commanders orders with no question, he eats, sleeps and breathes to kill the enemy at any cost. His bullets and his gun are his life blood.

The intro riff is something I’ve had laying around for 15 years and I finally found a place for it. I wanted to have a song that was brutally fast, with the thrash vibe, mixed with something slower – such as the chorus. The intro to the solo is also a riff that I’ve had floating around for 15 years. After structuring the music, I felt Steve Tucker would really like this one, and he definitely did, and took the time to work out the vocals. I couldn’t be happier with how this song turned out. I have had this concept in my head for many years and this song was perfect for inclusion in the Darkened Demise EP”

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Beltfed Weapon hails from Seattle and was founded in 1999 by guitarist/songwriter Frank Hetzel.   For more than 20 years, Frank Hetzel has been a staple of the Seattle metal scene. He first established himself in the music business by booking national and international touring bands. On the side – at least at first – he was the guitarist and main songwriter for Beltfed Weapon, a Pacific Northwest band influenced by speed, thrash, and death metal.

Over the years, the group released three critically-acclaimed EPs, and along the way, Beltfed Weapon played shows with metal luminaries including Testament, Over-Kill. Death Angel, Nevermore, Mushroomhead, Nile, God Forbid, Nuclear Assault, Cryptopsy, and Agnostic Front. More recently, Hetzel teamed with ex- Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe to release the single and video “P.O.W.” Proceeds helped cover medical expenses for Munroe’s wife and manager, who was battling cancer.

Beltfed Weapon has released three EPs  Beltfed Weapon (2001), Peacekeeper (2009), and Raining Plague (2015). Beltfed Weapon recordings  have featured special guests Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, Sadus) [Bass]; Fredrik Vidigs (Marduk) [Drums]; Dean Sternberg (Where Evil Follows, Ashes Of Ares, ex-Into Eternity touring singer) [Vocals]; and Andy Beech [Lead Guitar]. Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Sanctuary) and Matt Wicklund (Ghost Ship Ocatvius, God Forbid, Warrel Dane, HIMSA) and more.

Beltfed Weapon have returned with their best, most ambitious, and most creative offering. Hetzel spent years writing five new songs and tracking them with an all-star lineup that includes members of Morbid Angel, Control Denied, Arch Enemy, Black Label Society, Exhorder, Into Eternity, and Heathen which comprise the Darkened Demise EP, released June 25, 2023.

Beltfed Weapon’s EP Darkened Demise, mixed by Juan Urtega,  features Steve Tucker (Morbid Angel), Jason Viebrooks (Exhorder/Grip Inc),  JD DeServio (Black Label Society), Tim Aymar (Control Denied), Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy), Kragen Lum (Heathen). Bryan Newbury (Into Eternity) and Dagna Silesia (Ghost Ship Octavius).

Combining four or more styles of metal into a single batch of songs is no small accomplishment. And Darkened Demise is packed with abrupt tempo shifts, staggered rhythms, extended middle-eights, and other musical hairpin turns that keep the music exciting and unpredictable.



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