New Zealand hard rock outfit Like A Storm released its latest single this week.
The band released the song ‘Pure Evil’ this week. The song is a brand new offering from the band. Guitarist Matt Brooks explained the religious and political commentary contained within the song in a recent interview. He said it takes on the contrary nature of so many of the world’s political and religious leaders.
“Those members of our society who are supposed to be a shining example of morality are so often revealed to be corrupt, immoral and even dangerous,” Brooks said. “The cover-ups, scandals and exploitation that pervade the highest levels of church and government are just sickening. So ‘Pure Evil’ seemed like the perfect way to sum up this absolute hypocrisy – these people appear so righteous, but at their core they are the worst of the worst.”
Brooks said the inspiration for the hard-edged approach to the song’s arrangement came from the band’s time on the road.
“After playing festivals to crowds like Download and Graspop, we started approaching music in terms of what we could envision seas of people rocking out to in unison,” he said.
He added the band’s current tour of Europe played a part in its new approach to songwriting, too.
“From all of our touring here we got turned onto a lot of heavier music coming out of Europe/Scandanavia like Dimmu Borgir and Gojira. We’ve always loved writing music that’s layered and epic, and wanted to keep pushing that.”
Brooks said the band was especially excited to perform live in Europe.
“From the very first time we came over, we knew that this was a special part of the world to come and play,” he said. “Rock and metal are definitely not dead here! People wear their hearts on their sleeves. We’ve never had a bad show here, so we’re very stoked to be back.”
Like A Storm’s new sound has not gone unnoticed. Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti, who recently shared time on stage with Like A Storm, had high praise for the band and its new single.
“‘Pure Evil’ is totally killer!,” said Tremonti. “This song will be so badass live!”
Tremonti’s band mate, Myles Kennedy, praised the band’s work ethic. He said the band has earned its success.
“They’re hardcore,” he said. “I see them show up on stage every night and give it 10,000 percent. They definitely have proved that they deserve every bit of success that they have coming to them.”
The band recently filmed a video to accompany its new song. The video will be unveiled later this month. The video, filmed in an abandoned church, required the band to hire armed security for the shoot, said Brooks. He said the security was necessary because of the reputation of the unnamed city where the video was shot.
“We actually filmed in a place considered to be one of America’s most dangerous cities,” Brooks said. “We had to hire armed police officers as security – that was a different experience, coming from New Zealand!”
Like A Storm’s current European tour schedule is noted below.
LIKE A STORM – Europe/UK Tour with Alter Bridge & Special Guests
Nov. 8th – Paris, FRANCE @ Zenith
Nov. 9th – Brussels, BELGIUM @ AB
Nov. 10th – Amsterdam, HOLLAND @ HMH
Nov. 13th – Berlin, GERMANY @ Columbiahalle
Nov. 14th – Vienna, AUSTRIA @ Gasometer
Nov. 16th – Katowice, POLAND @ Spodek
Nov. 18th – Stockholm, SWEDEN @ Annexet
Nov. 20th – Oslo, NORWAY @ Sentrum Scene
Nov. 21st – Copenhagen, DENMARK @Falconer Theatre
Nov. 23rd – Manchester, ENGLAND @ Manchester Arena
Nov. 24th – London, ENGLAND @ O2 Arena
Nov. 26th – Nottingham, ENGLAND @ Motorpoint Arena
Nov. 27th – Birmingham, ENGLAND @ Genting Arena
Nov. 28th – Cardiff, WALES @ Motorpoint Arena
Dec. 1st – Glasgow, SCOTLAND @ Hydro
Dec. 2nd – Leeds, ENGLAND @ First Direct Arena
Dec. 4th – Frankfurt, GERMANY @ Jahrhunderthalle
Dec. 5th – Cologne, GERMANY @ Palladium
Dec. 6th – Hamburg, GERMANY @ Mehrl Theater
Dec. 9th – Bologna, ITALY @ Unipol Arena
Dec. 10th – Munich, GERMANY @ Zenith
Dec. 11th – Basel, SWITZERLAND @ St Jakobshalle
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