Seattle-based BELTFED WEAPON was founded in 1999 by rhythm guitarist/song writer Frank Hetzel. After writing songs and securing members, a self-titled six-song demo was released in 2003, followed by an EP, “Peacekeeper” in 2009. The latter was recorded, engineered, mastered and co-produced by Aaron Smith (7 Horns, 7 Eyes) at Envisage Studios and featured a guest solo by Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Conquering Dystopia, ex-Nevermore).
During this time, BELTFED WEAPON played with many national acts including OVERKILL, METAL CHURCH, CRYPTOPSY, NILE, KREATOR, SADUS, NEVERMORE, OBITUARY and TESTAMENT to name a few, garnering fans and a good amount of support with their frenetic, go-for-the-throat aggressive precision and gritty themes.
Hetzel put the band into hiatus in 2009 after various line up changes. In 2014, Hetzel began focusing on new songs and decided to re-launch the Beltfed assault by reaching out to professional friends and peers in the industry with the aim of recording and releasing an EP. The resulting six-song effort, “Raining Plague,” has recently been completed and was once again co-produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Aaron Smith at Envisage Studios.
“Raining Plague” will be released October 31, 2015 and features Hetzel along with the recording lineup of Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, Sadus) on bass, Fredrik Vidigs (Marduk) on drums, Dean Sternberg (Where Evil Follows, Ashes Of Ares, ex-Into Eternity touring singer) on lead vocals and Andy Beech on lead guitar. Jeff Loomis returns for a guest solo along with Matt Wicklund (Ghost Ship Ocatvius, God Forbid, Warrel Dane, Himsa).
Sonically, the EP expands BELTFED WEAPON’S sound with increased speed, precision and additional melody while retaining and accentuating the aggression fans have come to expect.