Greyscale Records’ very own Deadlights have recently dropped a brand new single. The first release since their debut album, Mesma, “Bathed In Venom” is a gigantic sign that Brisbane’s Deadlights are about to take their music to the next level.
Mixed and mastered by Christopher Vernon (Better Half, Belle Haven) the song’s production levels seem to be a step up from Mesma. A haunting atmosphere dwells throughout the entire track, as the mesmerizing instrumentals and echoing harsh and clean vocals demand your entire listening attention.
“Bathed In Venom” opens up with deep echoing clean vocals and melancholic rolling guitars. Dreamlike and sending a shiver down your spine, the verses take over with bluntly passionate screaming vocals. Guitars flow through the background of the enormous sound that surrounds you, dwelling in the shadows and shimmering like a left behind spirit. A dark bass tone fleshes out the rest of the instrumentals and keeps everything moving along at a steady pace, supported by the array of constantly changing drum rhythms that are on display.
Emotive screams and nightmarish cleans make up the chorus and are backed up in doing so by the ever-flowing maniacal instrumentals. A near end of the song breakdown features gut-wrenching riffs, scraping screams, and some of the harshest sounding snare drum fills you will find. Seriously, every time I hear this I am simply unable to stop myself from audibly saying, “phwoar”. Wow.
“Bathed In Venom” is an enormous step-up for an already sensational Australian heavy band, so who knows what is to come next. A new album? Gee, I hope so. Deadlights have shown a level of musical and lyrical maturity with this song, and have shown how far they have come since Mesma. The world is their oyster, and I’m excited to see just how far they can go after this.
Check out the song and the video:
Killswitch Engage reveal “Unleashed”, set date for Atonement
Killswitch Engage’s new album is a reflection of perseverance
Massachusetts metalcore band Killswitch Engage have announced the release date for their upcoming 8th studio album. Titled Atonement, the album is due for release August 16th on Metal Blade Records, and is the follow-up to 2016’s Incarnate. To preview the album, the band have revealed the first single from the release, the opening track, “Unleashed”, which you can listen to below.
Regarding the new single, vocalist Jesse Leach has said about the song;
“Unleashed is about inner passion and rage coming up to the surface. We all have that wild within that often stays dormant until a tragic event triggers and awakens it. This song is about that awakening within”
The new album is the third album to feature Jesse Leach after his return in 2013’s terrific Disarm the Descent. Atonement’s most anticipated song perhaps (at least in our eyes), is the second track “Signal the Fire”, which features guest vocals from the man who voiced KsE for a decade, Howard Jones. We have fluctuated between preferring Leach at the vocals to Jones at the vocals all through the KsE discography- teased by how Leach songs sounded with Jones singing (“Fixation on the Darkness“) and how Jones songs sounded with Leach singing, but the thought of having them both sing together on one song………………
Atonement has been in the making since 2017, but was temporarily derailed after Leach had to undergo throat surgery. Killswitch Engage will hit the road across North America all through July before jetting off to Europe in October.
Listen to “Unleashed”:
Trivium cover Dead Kennedy’s “Kill The Poor”
All systems go to kill the poor tonight
Heavy metal band Trivium have been releasing bonus and unreleased tracks over the past few months. The songs have come from the recording sessions for their 2017 album The Sin and the Sentence. They’ve released a few unreleased originals and recently released a pretty faithful cover of the Type O Negative track “I Don’t Wanna Be Me“. The band have now released their similarly faithful cover of the Dead Kennedy’s 1980 single “Kill the Poor”.
The original was featured on the Dead Kennedy’s debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, released in September of 1980 on Cherry Red Records and Jello Biafra’s own Alternative Tentacles (the noted label’s first full length release). The album features noted DK tracks “California Über Alles” and “Holiday in Cambodia”.
Trivium’s cover is pretty spot on and doesn’t deviate from the original, but it doesn’t quite capture the wildly fluctuating vocal tone that Jello Biafra is known for. Still. A good cover nonetheless. Check it out above.