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Release info

Release date: 
November 10, 2015
Total songs: 
13
Genres: 
Rock/Pop, Alternative
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Pagan Holiday

At Alexisonfire’s reunion show at Riot Fest in Toronto this summer (probably the only place where they would headline over Weezer), guitarist/vocalist Wade MacNeil told fans that the band would "never leave you again", which made headlines on indie blogs across the world (and I can say firsthand that it received the most applause of the night). While they’ve since sent mixed messages about their future plans via social media, MacNeil has surprised fans by reviving his solo project Black Lungs. On Oct 30, he offered up a shelved full-length from about four years ago, Pagan Holiday, for free on his website for a short time. While bud/former bandmate Dallas Green used his side project City and Colour to show off his softer, more melodic side, Black Lungs has always been an opportunity for MacNeil to unleash his most hardcore tendencies, where his whiskey-soaked, cigarette-stained vox could be put to good use. With the exception of a notable cover (Gun Club’s “For the Love of Ivy”), all of the tracks clock under a three-minute running time, and are frenzied, foaming-at-the-mouth rabid, uninhibited punk. A sonic blast to listen to, in both meanings of the word. A physical release in the form of a limited edition black vinyl will be made available sometime in the first quarter of 2016 (and limited to 400 copies).

While there are no immediate plans for Alexis, MacNeil remains the lead singer of UK hardcore act Gallows and hosts a radio show on The Edge weeknights from 7PM to midnight.