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Strung Out and their Songs of Armor and Devotion

Long-running Simi Valley punks Strung Out have announced a new album titled Songs of Armor and Devotion and have debuted a new track.

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Long-running Simi Valley punks Strung Out have announced a new album and have debuted the new track “Daggers”. Titled Songs of Armor and Devotion, the album will be the band’s 9th studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s Transmission.Alpha.Delta.

Produced by Cameron Webb (Social Distortion, Motorhead), Songs of Armor and Devotion is due out August 9th and will be released by the band’s long-term home Fat Wreck. You can pre-order the new album here and you can check out the new song “Daggers” below.

What of “Daggers”? One of the most enduring qualities of Strung Out is their consistency, in both quality and output. You can listen to Blackhawks of Over Los Angeles, or Agents of the Underground, or dive deep into their much-lauded catalog from the 90s (Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted by Design are forever classics) and see that while so many bands tend to wither away over the years, Strung Out have just gotten stronger. Coated in melodies and Jason Cruz’s unmistakable vocals, the song continues the band’s unrelenting, guitar-driven fury.

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“Talking Heads” is one of Northlane’s darkest and heaviest songs yet

Northlane have given fans the latest taste of Alien, with their newest single, “Talking Heads.”

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Having been one of Australia’s largest rising heavy acts over the last few years, Northlane’s upcoming album, Alien, understandably has an incredible amount of hype surrounding it. Having been described as their rawest and harshest piece yet, it appears to be a newer and more personal look at Northlane themselves.

The first single, “Bloodline”, showed this effectively through its powerful lyrics, its angrier vocal tones, and its darker sounding instrumentals. Moving on from that, Northlane have given fans the latest taste of Alien, with their newest single, “Talking Heads”.

Having witnessed this song being played live already at Good Things Festival 2018, I was buzzing to wrap my ears around it yet again. Opening with dark digital effects and leading into bouncy deep verses, this nu-metalesque sound is a healthy change for Northlane. Touched on and hinted at in “Bloodline”, “Talking Heads” sees them take this ball and run with it, as the rough husky guitar and bass tones relentlessly grind in the background. This combines with the tough scream vocals and the technical drums to make for a destructive atmosphere filled with power and aggression. 

Inconsistent pacing and a constant shift in tone make for a sense of uncertainty. This supports the mood that the lyrics set, as the frustrated vocals tell a story of isolation, anguish, and torment. The speaker behind the words is trapped in a seemingly never-ending battle with their own mind, they try everything they can to fend them off, but the voices wear them down. The “Talking Heads” run wild on their insides, and shut them down completely as they win the war.

“Talking Heads” is one of Northlane’s darkest and heaviest songs yet, check it out ASAP:

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