Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of “Anger Denial Acceptance”, the long-awaited fourth album from the reactivated original lineup of SPINESHANK — featuring Jonny Santos (vocals), Tommy Decker (drums), Mike Sarkisyan (guitar) and Rob Garcia (bass) — can be seen below.
“Anger Denial Acceptance” was released on June 19 (one day earlier internationally) via Century Media Records. The CD was produced by Sarkisyan and Decker and mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (PAPA ROACH, BUCKCHERRY).
Commented guitarist Mike Sarkisyan, “It was very important to us, as artists, to make this record. We felt like we had something to say as a band.” Their message was urgent and unambiguous, a sonic exorcism of sorts. “Some of us were going through divorces, others lost people very close to them and that’s what basically surrounded us during the creative process.”
“Anger Denial Acceptance” track listing:
01. After The End
02. Nothing Left For Me
03. Anger Denial Acceptance
04. I Want You To Know
05. Murder Suicide
06. The Endless Disconnect
07. I Am Damage
08. Ploratio Morbus (interlude)
09. Everything Everyone Everywhere Ends
10. The Reckoning
11. God Complex (Anger)
12. Motive Method Opportunity (Denial)
13. Exit Wound (Acceptance)
In a recent interview with FrontRowRock.com, Decker stated about “Anger Denial Acceptance”, “It’s three of the stages of grieving, rearranged a bit. I think it’s something a lot of people can relate to; things ending, relationships, people. Members of this band have been through a lot in the last few years and it all came out in this record. This is the most personal record we’ve ever done. Everything you hear is real. The pain, anger and sadness come from a real place. It was not a fun record to make.”
When asked about the recording process for the new CD, Decker said, “The recording process was a lot different this time. It was the first record where we didn’t have an outside producer come in, we did it completely on our own. We also did it in different sessions. We’d write three or four songs and then go record them. Write three or four more and record them in a different studio. We actually took our Pro Tools rig to a cabin in Big Bear and did a lot of the vocals there. We were totally isolated from the outside world; we were able to fully focus and concentrate on the songs. It was a really cool way to record.”
SPINESHANK‘s third and last album, “Self-Destructive Pattern”, was released on September 9, 2003. The album’s lead single, “Smothered”, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Metal Performance”.
Following his departure from SPINESHANK, Santos formed SILENT CIVILIAN, which released its debut album, “Rebirth of the Temple”, in May 2006. A follow-up effort, “Ghost Stories”, came out in May 2010 via Mediaskare/Century Media.
“Nothing Left For Me” video: