L-R – AITTALA – Gary ‘Smith’ Zeus (Drums), Eric Aittala (Guitar/Vox), Ali Lugo (Bass)
Photo Credit – Formont Photography
In 2011, modern doomsters Aittalareleased a track entitled “Juliet”, which was featured on the “Haunt Your Flesh” album along with a music video, and then re-recorded the song to be showcased on their latest album “Live to Regret” released during November 2022 via Exitus Strategem Records.
Today, the band presents a new video version of “Juliet” as frontman Eric Aittala explains in further detail:
“The original version of the song came out on the Haunt Your Flesh album in 2011; the video came out that year as well. The original version of the song was all keys, synths, and programmed drums… more industrial-type sound. Aittala started playing live in 2012 with a backtrack, but with real drums and I added guitar. I’ve always liked how it sounded live so this is a ‘reimagined’ version of the song that was added as a bonus on Live to Regret that included live drums, drums, and bass. The video has been updated with the new audio as well as added performances from our drummer Gary ‘Smith’ Zeus’ and bassist Ali Lugo since they played on it.”
Watch and listen to “Juliet” at https://youtu.be/wOvJOR_vBo0
Aittala‘s latest album “Live to Regret” has eleven tracks, each defying the limits of genre rules. There is the thrash-inspired track “Cannibals” that confronts the tightening grip of governmental monitoring and control. The sludgy “Big Brother” – is about the devolution/zombification of the human race due to technology. The smoky stoner infused “Never Forget” talks about dealing with a toxic person along with many more.
Band founder Eric Aittala adds:
“I wrote this album during a chaotic time in my life. Not only was it during the height of the lockdowns of the pandemic, but I was also in a very chaotic relationship. That chaos fueled my creativity both musically and lyrically. I was constantly walking on an uncertain tightrope and I never knew was going to break. We hope the fans feel the same pleasure, pain, chaos, and passion that I was going through and infused into the songs when they listen to the album and singles.”
Fans can expect more music in the works, and there are no plans to stop writing and releasing new material. An eclectic mix of metal, “Live to Regret”is recommended for fans of Baroness, Crowbar, and Katatonia.
“Live to Regret” was released (Nov 7, 2022) by Exitus Stratagem Records and was produced by Eric Aittala and John E. Wooten IV, who also mixed the record along with mastering by Dave Harris at Studio B Mastering. Album artwork by Mariano Pugliese.
Album order: https://hypeddit.com/aittala/livetoregret
Music Video – War of Attrition – https://youtu.be/-QX5Tvspq2U
Music Video – Collateral Damage – https://youtu.be/Foh__WSHD4o
June 2 – Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero – info
June 3 – Duluth, GA – Sweet Water – info
June 24 – Creedmoor, NC – Jamestock
June 27 – Wilmington, NC – Reggies 42nd St. w/ EYEHATEGOD
July 28 – Wilmington, NC – Reggies 42nd St.
July 29 – Fayetteville, NC – White Rabbit
1. Live to Regret – 2:49
2. Collateral Damage – 3:22
3. War of Attrition – 3:18
4. Saint – 3:35
5. Cannibals – 3:56
6. Betrayed – 3:26
7. Big Brother – 4:45
8. Dancing with Disaster – 3:35
9. Never Forget – 3:36
10. Well Enough Alone – 5:03
11. Juliet (2022) – 5:24
Album Length: 42:56
“Aittala Offer Powerful Pandemic Post-Mortem on ‘Live to Regret’… Stick it on a playlist with Apostle of Solitude, Crowbar, Famyne, and Paradise Lost, with a dash of Slayer for good measure.” – Doomed and Stoned
“One of the best albums for 2022” – 666MrDoom YouYube Channel
“This platter is heavy melodic ear candy that drips with deep and mesmeric face-melting tones and grinding rhythms.” (Live to Regret) – The Metal Gods Meltdown
“The band’s sound is difficult to pigeonhole because they incorporate a variety of styles. The common element in all the songs is the potent groove. On tracks like “Black Coffin” and “Afterthought” stoner/doom is at the forefront, while songs such as “Disowned” have a more traditional metal vibe. There are progressive influences on “How Much Longer,” while the closer “Debt” is a piano based ballad. Even with so many disparate styles, Aittala bring everything together into a cohesive whole.” – Heavy Music Headquarters
“I would describe them as an eclectic Doom Metal band, although their sound is a bit tough to define. That’s ultimately a good thing though, and I enjoy the refreshment of something different. My only major complaint is that on some songs, the vocals and lyrics are so drawn out that they become a little boring and you end up waiting a bit for something cool to happen. The good news is something cool usually does end up happening” – Metal-Temple
“In the metal world, bands can start to sound the same and Aittala steps outside of the box. With clear crisp vocals, grinding rhythms and well executed leads, this band is definitely in a league of their own.” – The Metal Channel