Phil Collins is set to release an album of previously unheard material made up of songs classified as being from the extreme subgenre of heavy metal music.
The Grammy award winning artist confirmed that the collection of songs were written around the summer of 1980, when he was in the process of separating from his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli. The album will be titled, Revulsion in the Air.
Mr. Collins, now aged 67, admitted in a recent interview with The Rochdale Herald that he had channelled “all of the hate and heartache” he was feeling at the time into the music.
‘It was a difficult time for me,’ says the Genesis frontman. ‘I was in the midst of a bitter separation, Peter Sellers had recently passed away, and the pre-decimal sixpence coin was finally withdrawn from circulation. I was this close to having a fine, mint collection of tanners.
‘I remember grabbing an electric guitar, turning the amp up to six, and thrashing furiously away on it. It was like therapy, as if taking out my anger on an instrument was actually more beneficial than simply beating my wife to death with it. Before I knew it, there were twelve songs written.
‘I knew they were not particularly commercial, and I made sure to write more pleasing material alongside, that I knew my fans would prefer. That body of work ended up becoming the album, Face Value.’
And are there any favourites from the forthcoming release, Mr. Collins?
‘My personal favourite is Lace Abhorence. The track runs at just six seconds long.’
We were lucky enough to listen to several of the songs from the upcoming album, including Lace Abhorence. It was a catchy tune, sure enough, and although we could not made out all of the lyrics we were sure we heard the words ‘Die’ and ‘Bitch’ repeated a number of times. It is important to remember that the genre of Death Metal did not really emerge until the very early 1980’s, proving once again what a true innovator of music Collins is.
Lace Abhorence is set for release in the UK on June 8th.