Turbo Rules – In Memoriam

John “Turbo” Shatesky

01/25/1980 – 07/28/2023

TOMBS’ Savage Gold Available Today Track-By-Track Video Series Debuts on Heavy Blog is Heavy


“They’ve toe-dragged, head-faked, and slipped it five-hole on album number three, and done it with their most personalized stamp thus far”

-Decibel Magazine-


“An ecstatic, compelling synthesis of elements that, before, you’d barely noticed as being distinct.”



“Wherever Tombs travel, they create evocative metallic nightmares most of their contemporaries only dream of crafting”

-Revolver Magazine-


“A reviewers wet dream, or just anyone in particular who just wants to go on and on into detail about how cool a record is”

-New Noise Magazine-

The day has arrived and Brooklyn, New York’s TOMBS‘ have released their new album Savage Gold. Renowned tattooist Thomas Hooper who is responsible for the band’s previous album covers created the stunning artwork. Savage Gold is available to order HERE.  It can be ordered of iTunes HERE.  The album is also available in the following formats: Limited Edition Deluxe Gold Vinyl 2XLP (with expanded 12 page booklet featuring the graphic art of acclaimed artist and tattoo artist Thomas Hooper) Standard Black Vinyl 2XLP, CD and digital formats. 


Front man Mike Hill filmed a series of videos providing track-by-track commentary of Savage Gold.   In the videos, Mike Hill goes into in-depth detail about the inspiration behind the album.  This series of videos is being hosted exclusively by Heavy Blog is Heavy and the first installment can be viewed HERE.


The band recently completed work on a video for the song “Seance” which will be premiered next month. 


In support of Savage Gold, TOMBS will hit the road for a West Coast run supporting Pelican.  The shows kick off this Thursday June 12th in San Diego, CA and run through June 19th in Seattle, WA.  A complete list of dates can be found below.


Savage Gold focuses the awesome strength of TOMBS’ previous works into one brilliantly dark post-punk and extreme black-metal masterpiece.  Recorded and produced by Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore), Savage Gold both expands upon the moody post-punk foundations that TOMBS’ prior albums explored while also bringing out the band’s most traditionally metal moments yet.  Once every few years a record comes along that sets a new benchmark for what can be done in heavy music.  This is that moment and this is that record.      


Formed in 2007 by singer / guitarist Mike Hill (Anodyne, Versoma) in Brooklyn, NY, TOMBS blends a wide array of influences including Black Metal and dark industrial music. The band went through a number of line-up changes with Hill the only remaining original member. Former members included Domenic Seita (Storm of Light) and Carson Daniel James. The band’s prior Relapse output included a self-titled EP and a split 12-inch with like-minded, Germanic darkness weavers Planks. Both records were release on Hill’s now-defunct label Black Box Recordings. The band’s first two Relapse releases, 2009’s Winter Hours and 2011’s Path of Totality both received massive reception from the press with the latter being featured prominently on many critic’s year end metal lists including Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR and MetalSucks. The crowning achievement was securing the 2011 album of the year for Decibel Magazine. In addition to their critically acclaimed releases, TOMBS has become known for their captivating live performances and have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe with bands ranging from Isis, Pelican, Wolves in the Throne Room, The Secret and Kylesa.


Tombs Live W/Pelican

6/12: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

6/13: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

6/15: San Francisco, CA @ Slims

6/16: Sacramento, CA @ Midtown Barfly

6/17: Portland, OR @ Branx

6/18: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw

6/19: Seattle, WA @ Neumos

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