by Daniel Hill
St. Louis' Black Fast, which this publication named Best Metal Band in St. Louis in both 2011 and 2013, announced on Monday that it has signed a worldwide deal with eOne Music, home of top-tier metal acts including High On Fire, Overkill and Crowbar.
See also: The Ten Best St. Louis Metal Bands
From 2013's Best Of issue:
The members of Black Fast don't play games; they play metal. Blistering, bludgeoning, no-holds-barred metal. The band's latest, August's Starving Out the Light, nimbly hopscotches through subgenres while maintaining an impressive technicality throughout. The lightning-quick guitar work by axmen Trevor Johanson and Aaron Akin is particularly noteworthy, as is Akin's unique, scorched-earth vocals. This is the music that the metal nerd who spends every waking moment sitting on the edge of his bed with a guitar in his hands dreams of playing. Black Fast's hyperfocus on musicianship -- as opposed to petty nonsense like self-promotion -- is paying off: You can hear the 10,000 hours of practice in each expertly executed riff and fill.
In addition to its metal chops, eOne (formerly known as Koch Records) has been the home of acts ranging from Snoop Dogg and Master P to Fraggle Rock and Barney the Dinosaur. The label is said to have produced more Billboard-charting hits than any other independent label. In short, this announcement is a pretty damn big deal.
"We're thrilled to announce signing with our friends at eOne," says vocalist/guitarist Aaron Akin in the band's announcement video. "Our new family, sharing a roster with some of our favorite bands.... We can't wait to put this new record out for them in 2015 and come share it with you all on the road."
Watch the video and stream Black Fast's 2013 album Starving Out the Light below.
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