BLACK ABSINTHE Release Video For “On Earth Or In Hell”

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BLACK ABSINTHE have unleashed the first single from their upcoming album On Earth Or In Hell, set for release early 2024. The riff-fuelled title track, ‘On Earth or In Hell’, condemns the sordid history of Canada’s residential school system. Sonic rage and disgust fuel the track’s fire with hope that the crimes of church and country are never forgotten. 


“The largest, loudest expression of BLACK ABSINTHE’s upcoming album, “On Earth Or in Hell”, sets a more serious tone, casting the good time party anthems aside, for our latest release. 

Our blend of thrash and N.W.O.B.H.M. came together for this song. A distinct black and death metal twin vocal attack, of Jack Cerre (lead vocals / guitar) and Fernando Villalobos (drums / vocals) drive the aggressive melody. 

The video portrays us in a fiery hellscape, thrashing and screaming, with the intensity of the flames matching the ferocity of the song and the impending fate of the damned. The collaboration with the video’s director, ‘Michael Jari Davidson’, came from Davidson attending one of our live shows and him wanting to capture the chaotic energy. His visionary work brought the song to life and the video is a reflection of our progressing intensity, and fury.”

Michael’s ever-growing portfolio includes ALICE IN CHAINS, ESCUELA GRIND, and WAKE.

This album is unique in character in large part due to our new line up, with a visionary team of producers and artists, all working in collaboration.” BLACK ABSINTHE’s latest single is available through bandcamp, with proceeds donated to the IRSSS (Indian Residential School Survivors Society).”

BLACK ABSINTHE will be celebrating the release of the On Earth Or In Hell video with a show on November 11th at The Bovine Sex Club in Toronto. 

Formed in the underground dungeons and dives of Toronto’s metal scene, BLACK ABSINTHE is a Canadian contemporary heavy metal band. Since 2011, BLACK ABSINTHE has performed, recorded, and reached new fans all over Canada. Presenting a mix of thrashing mosh pits and riff heavy anthems, their growing presence in the diverse heavy music scene, unifies classic metal grandeur, speed-demon rhythm sections, soaring solos, with modern technicality. Over the course of three EP’s and one LP, Early Signs of Denial (2016), BLACK ABSINTHE has continued to grow and experiment on its NWOBHM influences while maintaining the intensity of the contemporary heavy metal genre. The band draw influences from the likes of GOJIRA, MASTODON, SLAYER, and MOTÖRHEAD, to name a few. 

In 2019, founders Jack Cerre and Kyle Scarlett proudly welcomed Fernando Villalobos (Ex-SLUDGEHAMMER) into the fold. BLACK ABSINTHE continues to carve their own path with performances across Canada and have brought new material to fans in Montreal, Newfoundland, and Toronto. Most recently opening for TOWER, FIREBREATHER, and WITCHROT. 

In 2020, the band began laying the groundwork for their latest album On Earth or In Hell. In 2021 the band began pre-production demos with JC Sandoval (THE CROOKED, WE THE CROOKED). As producer, he oversaw the entire project, also engineering vocals and bass. In February 2022, the band engaged Juno-nominated producer Tyler Williams of Monolithic Productions (LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT, LUTHARO, SLUDGEHAMMER) to co-produce, engineer drums and guitar, and mix the album. The album is slated for an early 2024 release.  

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Jack Cerre (Vocals/Guitar)
Kyle Scarlett (Bass)
Fernando Villalobos (Drums/Vocals/Lyrics)

Single Credits: 
Performed by: BLACK ABSINTHE
Produced by: J.C. Sandoval 
Co-Produced by: Tyler Williams
Mixed by: Tyler Williams at Monolithic Productions (
Drums and Guitar Engineered by: Tyler Williams
Bass and Vocals Engineered by: J.C. Sandoval
Mastered by: Lasse Lammert at LSD-Studio (
Single Artwork: Darrin Crosgrove
Photography: Michael Jari Davidson

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