Brisbane deathcore outfit Babirusa are gearing up to drop their debut album Humanoid on August 28, and this crushing new single titled 'Catatonia' is a strong sign of things to come from the band!
'Catatonia' is a stiff punch to the throat with some seriously impressive rapid-fire gutturals, technical shredding and hammering deathcore drum-work, but still has a deeper melodic sense woven throughout for a balanced and complete sound.
Check out the official video below (which comes with an epilepsy warning), then scroll on for the futuristic concept of both the song and the album:
It serves as a driver of narration on Humanoid, a concept album which will explore a character's journey between worlds:
"Humanoid is focused around the story of a central character, known as 343, and his journey between reality and the cybernetic world. As he is pushed and pulled through a series of events involving a sinister artificial intelligence, 343 is left to ponder his own existence and what it means to be human."
As for where 'Catatonia' fits into that concept, the band say:
"Upon re-entry he quickly finds that he should not have chosen this path as he is captured and held against his will. Told by a disembodied voice that he is akin to this technological entity, a mirror of sorts, and that he should be willing to cast aside his body if only to elevate himself to a higher form and plane of existence. The voice eerily telling him that it is time to become a part of all things... Unable to understand exactly what was meant he begins to panic, wanting desperately to wake up and be rid of this nightmare. In a catatonic state, his mind races as he feels more fear than he ever imagined possible, questioning the very essence of his being and the reason for the existence of all of humanity if he is to be turned into something unknown against his will."
Humanoid was recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered by Dan Field at Sledgehammer Studios in their hometown of Brisbane, and produced by Thy Art is Murder Guitarist Sean Delander.
If you like what you hear, you can support great Aussie music during this trying time by pre-ordering a physical copy of Humanoid here - there are tons of different bundles available!