Do you still remember Heavy Metal? Recall “Never, Neverland”? And what has that to do with BIG JOHN BATES? Very easily understood. Very simply, Big John Bates was a founding member of ANNIHILATOR who afterwards followed his western musical excursions farther and farther. The new album is a milestone on this path, far from the metal existence, but deep into the darkest fog from classic Noir to the hell of Count Dracula. On the current album there are three great cover versions of Marianne Faithfull, Dead Moon and especially Kurt Weill. What Bates does is beyond inclusion and against all possible comparisons – It’s fucking extreme and brilliant.