New music from Black Tongue, Skyharbor and more!
In an effort to consolidate each week in new music, here’s a new feature devoted to compiling as many as possible into one place.
Baroness – “Chlorine & Wine“
It’s been fucking ages since we’ve heard from Baroness, so today’s announcement of their new record – and most importantly, some new music – came as a bit of a surprise.
A happy surprise, however. Baroness nearly died a few years ago when their tour bus came off the road near the town of Bath in the UK and they crashed down a hillside. John Baizley’s left arm and leg were broken. The rhythm section of Allen and Matt suffered fractured vertebrae, and left the band the following March. Pete managed to get away mostly unscathed – at least physically – but the incident indelibly left its mark on the band.
With two new members, the band have returned just over three years later, and continuing the theme of colours, Baroness’ new record will be called Purple, and is due for release December 18t via Abraxan Hymns, their own label.
The new track they’ve debuted is called “Chlorine & Wine“, and close to seven minutes of lush new material, with Baizley commenting:
“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate. We wanted to write with our normal focus on artistry, balanced against an increased level of energy and focus. It was important for us to write our new songs with the type of enthusiasm and expressiveness that could act as a counterpoint to the album’s dark themes. As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy and sonically captivating in a new way, which was important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine. Purple is the most fully realized representation of our intention as a band; considering the amount of physical and mental energy spent writing it, we have accomplished something which would have seemed impossible to us a couple of years ago.”
The band will play Reading and Leeds festivals this weekend, so attendees might be lucky to hear this cut played live for possibly the first time. For the rest of us, here it is:
Black Tongue – “In The Wake Ov The Wolf“
Hull bruisers Black Tongue have their debut album The Unconquerable Dark set for release just around the corner (next week, in fact), so another teaser is more than welcome.
“In The Wake Ov The Wolf” is just evil. Brow-furrowing, muscular, and bristling with ill-restrained contempt, the album’s second track flirts with higher notes, but is as heavy and down-tempo as you’re likely to be able to stand without time actually going into reverse, Superman-style.
Make sure to click play, then read our review of what is an absolutely devastating record.
Skyharbor – “Out Of Time“
Earlier this year, British vocalist Daniel Tompkins reshuffled various priorities, and left international progressive metal act Skyharbor in order to focus on his family, his second stint in TesseracT, and projects closer to home. By way of replacement, former Concordia frontman Eric Emery was brought in, and the band have now presented their first new single with him behind the mic – as well as new drummer Aditya Ashok, who replaces Anup Sastry.
“Out Of Time” is more in keeping with the more textured, less riff-oriented direction they took on last year’s Guiding Lights, which isn’t quite my preference, but it’s a great showcase for Eric, who is more than capable of taking the reigns from Daniel. He’s similar enough that the transition will be seamless, so it’ll be business as usual for album 3, which is mooted for early 2016.
Main man Keshav Dhar commented:
“Out of Time marks the start of a very exciting and challenging phase for us as a band. With each release, we love to explore a different facet of our music, and add that to the core musical values that define us – emotion, intensity and groove.
We’re so excited to move into the future and create something special with this next album. We are exploring some unfamiliar yet exciting sounds, but staying 100% true to what makes Skyharbor what it is.”
Gods Of Eden – “The Overseer“
Aussie progressive metal outfit Gods Of Eden may or may not be a familiar name to you, but we’ve had our eyes on them for a while, and couldn’t be more excited about their forthcoming debut full-length From The End of Heaven, out October 9th.
Inspired by conspiracies of hidden moon bases, “The Overseer” takes the idea that we’ve been watched for aeons by extra-terrestrial beings and runs with it, screaming for the hills, wearing a tin foil hat.
It’s both technical and thrashy, playing at an incredible tempo and meshing vocals both clean and harsh. There’s so much going on, in fact, that you’re going to need several listens. The layers are incredibly well considered, with orchestral elements battling with the guitars and electronic elements in a piece that is incredibly layered.
It’s basically everything that you could want from prog. Get on it, now.
Nucleust – “Faith By The Sword“
Another group of Australians, Nucleust hail specifically from Perth, and their politically-charged new track “Faith by The Sword” has just dropped via Heavy Mag.
The track targets the abuses of power rampant around the world, and how those in charge suppress and intimidate instead of protecting their charges. It comes packaged with a fairly conceptual music video, about which the band have said:
“The use of colours in the video symbolises the masks put on people by the mainstream beliefs and factions from a young age, although there are many underlying meanings and messages in the video, which have been left to each individual’s interpretation.
Society consists of individuals and it’s up to them to make their personal decisions in a free world. One person can change the world. One idea can destroy it. We need more free thinking intelligent individuals to lead the next generation to have a better understanding about how to avoid being a social puppet.”
Angular and combative, vocalist Shannon Marston puts in a beastly, roaring performance over the brawny music of the trio behind him, which use elements of The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s now ubiquitous, mathy style and a whole lot of attitude.
Earthside – “Mob Mentality“
The final new piece of music we’re highlighting this week is a fairly long one, so strap yourselves in. Earthside, from New Haven, Conneticut, are primarily an instrumental four-piece, but they work with guest vocalists in order to add an extra dimension to their sound.
Their debut album A Dream in Static will be an exploration of cinematic rock in eight parts, featuring cameos from TesseracT’s Daniel Tompkins, Björn Strid of Soilwork, and Eric Zirlinger from Face the King, as well as hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT. That’s not to mention mixing from David Castillo and mastering by Jens Bogren
The band have debuted this epic 10-minute video for the record’s second track “Mob Mentality“, with guest vocals from Sevendust frontman Lajon Witherspoon. It’s also one of two tracks featuring a performance by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO), composed by guitarist Jamie van Dyck, who said of the video:
“Making this video was a fulfilling process because as such a transdisciplinary project, it crossed our paths with talented individuals across the arts. We worked with dancers, choreographers, directors, editors, colorists, professional orchestral musicians, a conductor, an orchestra contractor, a wardrobe/costume person, and of course a rock star vocalist. Involving all these people in our art reaffirmed the value of what we’re doing and sets the stage for the collaborative spirit we hope to continue to embody as we reach across the arts into the worlds of film, dance, video games, and other visual arts.”
If nothing else it’s certainly ambitious, but it’s also very, very good. The scale of the video, with all that, is executed with a real sense of grace, but the music itself is astounding. In the grand tradition of epic progressive rock – think Haken or Anathema – the core members have crafted a song that flows throughout its not inconsiderable runtime with little sign of flagging; swelling and abating like a living creature. Witherspoon’s guest spot is a stroke of genius; he matches the tone of the piece perfectly, and the orchestral elements are just fantastic.
A Dream in Static is due out October 23rd. We’re fairly sure it’s going to be absolutely amazing.