Bent Sea is the grindcore brainchild of renowned metal drummer Dirk Verbeuren, best known for his crushing skin skills for Soilwork. Verbeuren not only handles the stick work in Bent Sea, but the guitars as well. Helping Dirk on Bent Sea‘s 11-track debut EP, Noistalgia, are Devin Townsend and Sven de Caluwé (Aborted, System Divide). Townsend plays bass and helms production for the EP, while de Caluwé gets his growl on.
Verbeuren talks about the passion that led to the Bent Sea project:
“I’m a musician at heart. I play drums because music is what I love. It’s my life, my expression and my outlet. I work hard day in and out on so many projects that I’m completely proud of and then at night, or while I’m driving in my car I’m listening to what got me here and where it all began. Grindcore is what planted the seed. Sure, I listen to many styles of music but if I had to choose what music I identify with most, it’s grindcore. So I started to listen to what was brewing inside of me and it came out in the form of Bent Sea. I wrote the whole album and recorded each instrument in under six weeks. It was just seeping from my pores. I had to get it out.
This is my baby. I’m very proud of Bent Sea and I’m passionate about it. Every musician has something they do when they’re at home, isolated in their thoughts and this is mine. I’m excited to share this side of my work with my fans.”
Go to www.bentsea.com to learn more and pick up your copy for only $5.50. Those who act quickly will get a free bonus Extreme Noise Terror cover, “Bullshit Propaganda”.
1. Noistalgia | 2. Digital Disaster | 3. Blast Beat Barrage | 4. A Common Affliction | 5. In One Word | 6. Grind Control | 7. Tripwire Target | 8. Sustained Idiocy | 9. Dead Meat | 10. Truth Will Out | 11. Fool For Life
In other news, Aborted will release its newest album Global Flatline (Century Media Records) in January featuring ex-Abigail Williams drummer Ken Bedine. This is the follow-up to 2010’s EP Coronary Reconstruction for which Verbeuren played drums.
Meanwhile Devin Townsend sees his box set Contain Us released this month (November 29th) which d features the Devin Townsend Project albums: Ki, Addicted, Ghost and Deconstruction plus two bonus DVDs and CDs. The DVDs have one featuring live performances and all the Devin Townsend Project promotional videos while the other has audio commentary for all four albums, live audio tracks, song stems for remixing and more. One of the audio CDs features all the bonus tracks from the Devin Townsend Project sessions with the other having the Devin Townsend Project session demos. “Ghost” and “Deconstruction”were both remastered just for this set. Learn more at http://www.hevydevy.com/.