Blanck Mass readies new album on Sacred Bones, doesn’t PDF his actual diary/journal

Blanck Mass readies new album on Sacred Bones, doesn't PDF his actual diary/journal
Photo: Mike Harrison Reid

Good news, fellow cogs-in-the-machine: Animated Violence Mild is the next album from Benjamin Power (a.k.a. Blanck Mass), and all signs point to it being an intense and occasionally growling response to any number of disconcerting events currently happening on a personal and global scale.

First, the final season of Game of Thrones was a tragic and monumental demonstration of how television writers are consistently mooching off of talented authors with a penchant for train conductor hats (although that’s a gripe that Power himself may or may not have).

And second, Power composed the new release as personal loss and an international plague of “blood-sucking” consumerism intervened in his thought process at varying stages during the recording. As official press puts it: “these eight tracks are the diary of a year of work steeped in honing craft, self-discovery, and grief…”

As you may recall, Blanck Mass’ preceding album World Eater also arrived as a partial reaction to political turmoil, both at home in the UK and internationally, and that album was his first solo effort to be mostly recorded in a dedicated studio just outside Edinburgh. Animated Violence Mild was also recorded there, and the track “House vs. House” suggests a continuation of the forceful beat + vocal sample combination that’s gradually being perfected here.

You can pre-order the new album ahead of its August 16 release date, here. His live show is increasingly brutalizing people as well…in a non-violent way! So be on the lookout for a tour announcement…in a non-paranoid way!


Animated Violence Mild tracklisting:

01. Intro
02. Death Drop
03. House vs. House
04. Hush Money
05. Love is a Parasite
06. Creature / West Fuqua
07. No Dice
08. Wings of Hate

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