Reign of Vengeance's Marshall "F*cking" Beck vs. New Times (Again)
From Up on the Sun's "Fire Marshall Beck" rant in 2007 to praise of his project Staren Black in 2010, the relationship between the New Times and local metal figure Marshall "Fucking" Beck has always been, um, "complicated."
Certain members of the New Times staff -- past and present -- think he's pompous and hotheaded or just plain full of shit. For his part, he makes no bones about it: He definitely thinks New Times is full of shit and inefficiently covers the local metal scene.
"The New Times has been, to me, like a psychotic girlfriend that I hate but still love to fuck," explains Beck.
But whether you hate him and love us or hate us and love him (or hate both him and us), the back-and-forth between Beck and the press has always been entertaining. Even when it hasn't focused on the music -- and by the way, Beck's latest release, The Final Solution: The Final Rebellion, released on March 19 by his band Reign of Vengeance, is a great slab of heavy metal. The record deserves as much attention as Beck as garnered in the 10 years he's served as a force to be reckoned with in the local metal scene, hosting and promoting numerous Valley shows, working as the lead singer in several metal bands (notably, Rebirth -- focused on the '90s groove metal sound -- and Reign of Vengeance, whose howling, in-your-face metal has been labeled everything from misogynistic to mythological).
Depending on whom you ask in the metal scene, Beck's reputation is either that of a passionate diehard or that of a cantankerous loudmouth. He's known for having vocal opinions on . . . just about everything, and he's rarely one to bite his tongue.
"The local metal scene is pathetic. It's bullshit. It's profane," Beck says. "I hope that it dies out completely. Only after complete and total death can something be reborn or reforged."
Still, with The Final Solution: The Final Rebellion, he's more content to make a musical statement that a metal-scene one. It's a concept album, rendered in a horror-oriented death metal format, inspired by his interest in the "systems and studies of the 'Illumed.'" A press release states:
"With the age of Osiris and Isis ended, the New World Age (Order) of Horus shall bring forth a world of peace that shall last throughout the remaining Aeons of time. The second form of Atlantis shall rise forth and bring with it ONLY the enlightened and illuminated individuals. However, with every revolution there is always ascension. Therefore, in order for ITS quest for world peace to be completed there must first be a massive internment and conflagration/decontamination of the flesh from those that refuse its faith. Reign of Vengeance's The Final Solution: The Final Rebellion focuses on the cause and unraveling of this conflict . . . But, do not worry common civilians; this EP is all just a work of fiction . . . Sleep well."
The album consists of just six songs with titles like "Fuck the Recession: Kill Those Who Caused It," "Amassing Towards Truth," and "The Grand Hetacomb." It comprises metal anthems that are aggressive, domineering, and hopeful all at the same time. Since the album was recorded using musicians at different locations throughout the country (including Tim Gibson, who has done guitar works for artists like Brad Paisley and Kelly Clarkson), it took longer than Beck wanted to get the album out, about a year.
"Between all of us file bouncing and idea-trading for the music, the process became very tedious," Beck says. "Next time, we will definitely all meet up in person and write/record/grind it out in a week or two."