It's Friday, Friday, got to get your fresh metal fix on Friday. That's right Maniacs it is finally Friday which means it is time to kick off the weekend with some Friday Fire.
With so many new metal releases dropping every week, it can be hard to know what to listen to, so we've taken it upon ourselves to do the heavy lifting, sorting the 'hell yeah' from the 'hell meh' you don't have to. Now, let's light up the Friday Fire!
Friday Fire: Five Tracks We're Feeling This Friday 29th July
Lamb Of God - Omens
Lamb Of God have shared the video for the storming new single Omens. The lead single from their upcoming full-length of the same name, Omens is Lamb Of God at their stomping best, with Randy Blythe's trademark hellacious vocal delivery cutting over a thunderous groove. The video is a circus arts filled treat too, with 'omens' of all kind on display.
Speaking about the lyrical inspiration behind Omens, Blythe shares
"I think a lot of the messes human beings find ourselves in could be very easily prevented simply by paying attention to obvious repeating patterns, both in our personal lives and in a broader sociohistorical context. What some call 'omens' are really just manifestations of the fact that there is nothing new under the sun. It's foolish to ignore this, but we all do it."
Behemoth - The Deathless Sun
Behemoth dropped this rather lengthy single yesterday, serving up not one, but two videos, both of which maintain the bands infamous anti-Christian stance. Every second of the song and the two videos is a quintessentially Behemoth experience.
Infamous band leader Nergal shared the following statement with The Deathless Sun rollout.
"Behemoth has been hating Christ in different ways since 1991, and we still manage to reinvent the wheel! We're very proud to present our latest offering to that cause, The Deathless Sun, from our upcoming new record." "This track showcases aspects that many Behemoth fans love about our music, plenty of aggression and melody. That contrast is the reason we decided to release TWO amazing videos to accompany this single release. One is very shocking…so shocking that we had to create a whole new video to release alongside it! Choose carefully! As always, I look forward to seeing your reaction, Legions. Enjoy the ride!"
Opvs Contra Natvram, Behemoth's most thought-provoking and arresting collection of songs to date will be released on September 16th via Nuclear Blast.
Lorna Shore - Cursed To Die
The latest preview of their forthcoming full-length Pain Remains, Cursed To Die sees Lorna Shore embrace melodic death vibes that give the track a distinct anthemic quality. As always with Lorna Shore though, everything on Cursed To Die moves at a blistering pace, with the only respite from the onslaught a massive breakdown. The sweeping solo that kicks in around the four minute mark adds further to the melo death elements, differentiating it from previous singles Sun//Eater and Into The Earth.
Counterparts - Whispers Of Your Death
Counterparts have shared the second single from their forthcoming full-length A Eulogy For Those Still Here. Whispers of Your Death is a towering blast of intricate riffs and crushing drums that wastes no time in introducing many of the harrowing themes of A Eulogy For Those Still Here. That they pair the intensity of the song with a video literally consisting of a very fluffy cat, just vibing out to it on a couch, is the perfect example of why this band means so much to so many people. They aren't afraid to be themselves and show themselves.
Vocalist Brendan Murphy discussed the new song saying:
"I feel like anyone who has been following the band/me pre-pandemic knew this was coming, but this song is about my cat Kuma. My ex and I rescued him just under 2 years ago and he is hands down the sole reason I stuck around long enough to even make this record. Shortly after he was rescued, we developed a special bond and now I can’t imagine my life without him. Unfortunately in the first few months we had him, he became very sick and almost died due to complications of a blood parasite while being FIV positive. Nobody believed he would make it… but luckily he is still here with us and currently doing great. Being his dad is hands down the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life and also what I am most proud of. I love him more than anything in the world and this song is my tribute to him for quite literally giving me a reason to live. 07/26/2020."
PhaseOne x Polaris - Icarus
Polaris and PhaseOne have teamed up to drop the scorching new metal club banger Icarus. The absolute rager of a cross-genre collab blends the best bits of PhaseOnes's hard-hitting electro styling and infuses it with some of Polaris globe-conquering metalcore mastery. The result is a genuine floor-filler. Dummer Daniel Furnari explains that for Polaris, the collaborative effort with PhaseOne was a new experience.
"Collaborating with other artists is still fairly foreign territory to us, but when PhaseOne hit us up and invited us to work on a track together we were instantly excited to explore what we could do together." “He's worked with a lot of artists we love, but most importantly he has an incredible knack for combining elements from a whole variety of electronic styles with really killer metal parts, in a way that straddles the line not only between genres but also between digital and traditional approaches to production. The whole thing is already such a hybrid in its own way, and that makes his music really fun to put ourselves into.”