Reign of Vengeance's Marshall "F*cking" Beck vs. New Times (Again)

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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.

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-Reign of Vengeance Frontman Marshall Beck on Joe Arpaio, Mormons and Misogyny

"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."


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chris1967
chris1967

Marshal Beck in no way can call STAREN BLACK his project......He was hired in to do vocals on the Ep The Cause of The Affect in 2010...So having this article say that it was His project is completely in accurate.....just wanting to put the truth out there so people know..... I'm sure Marshal has awesome things going on,but NONE of it has to do with STAREN BLACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mrslipknot1
mrslipknot1

i am glad marshall is this way passionate about real metal not this crap that has been plaguing the airways of local stations and even just the local scene has been terrible. most of the places that you could go to a metal show are all closing down and the ones that are left are not all that great anyways plus he was great at AZ Scream Park!!! 


marshallbeck
marshallbeck

The lesser and common cry babies have already gathered, to post all of their bullshit.

Brady Humbert
Brady Humbert

Dude, there's a Jurassic Park 3D ad right next to this post. Who's gonna go fuckin' see that shit? I'm gonna go fuckin' see that shit.

Nate Garrett
Nate Garrett

He must have paid y'all a shit ton of money if you're saying that record is good. Either that or you didn't even listen to it.

David Rodgers
David Rodgers

This guy is the reason people make fun of metal.

Mein Vater
Mein Vater

haha! I love the writers at Phx Newtimes

marshallbeck
marshallbeck

The guy that has an article written about him.  Can you not read?

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