Independent hard rock band Awaken debuted its latest single and its companion video this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Fall Break Rise’ and its lyric video Monday. The song is featured in the band’s recently released self-titled album. The record was released in February through The Label Group.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Fall Break Rise’ is a heavy, melodic rock composition. The arrangement’s production gives the collective instrumentation and vocals such a power and richness. The whole gives the song a sound and stylistic approach that lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Breaking Benjamin.
According to comments from front man Chad Griffin, the song’s lyrical theme delivers a message of hope.
“Our single,“Fall/ Break/ Rise”from our album Monsters & Machinesis a story of redemption. It is about a person who has hit rock bottom and come to what they feel is their end… only to be found in a new light. It follows the process of what it is to be human and fail time and time again, right before we come to our breaking point. It can end up being the exact moment that makes us new… to live again for a better purpose.”
The song’s lyric video is presented in black and white and features imagery, such as a forest filled with fog, a fire burning, and the sun shining above that fog-filled scene. The visuals are meant to help translate the noted message and in the song’s lyrical theme and musical arrangement, using the noted scenes as metaphors of sorts for the thoughts and emotions that people feel in the noted situations.
Independent hard rock band Awaken released its latest studio recording late last month. The record – Monsters & Machines – is a presentation that the genre’s fans will find worth hearing at least once. That is proven through the musical and lyrical content that makes up the body of the 12-song record. The musical arrangements hold their own against works from a variety of the band’s more well-known counterparts, such as Spineshank, Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed. Even with those influences, the record’s musical arrangements boast their own unique identities, giving audiences reason enough to hear the album. The record’s lyrical themes are themselves accessible, making for even more engagement and entertainment. ‘Behemoth’ and ‘The Veil’ are just two of the examples of how that musical and lyrical content comes together to make the record work. They will be addressed momentarily. ‘Graveyards,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another key example of what makes the album successful. When it and the other noted songs are considered along with the rest of the album’s works, the record in whole shows itself as a work that audiences will agree is worth hearing at least once.
Awaken’s latest record Monsters & Machines – the band’s fourth album – is a presentation that audiences will find worth hearing at least once. Its collective musical and lyrical content supports that statement easily. One of the songs that serves to show the impact of the record’s collective content comes early in its sequence in the form of ‘Behemoth.’ The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy work that incorporates electronics and heavy guitars, drums and bass for a sound that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Spineshank, 10 years, and Chevelle. The fire in the song’s arrangement pairs well with the work’s lyrical theme.
The lyrical theme in question hints at someone who sees how the world is dealing with its inner demons. As the song’s subject is seeing this reality, he/she is also seemingly reaching out himself/herself, asking for help, which is what people need to do any time they are dealing with their own inner struggles. That will make the song even more accessible for audiences. The inference can be made right from the song’s outset as the lead verse and chorus state, “It feels like a monster growing inside/Trying to claw its way out/It seems like somewhere we’ve lost our minds/Fighting through the webs of our doubts/By ourselves we’ll crash, burn, and sever/But you are there to put our ashes back together/Reach in me/I can feel it caving in/Breathe in me/I can feel a fade within/Grab hold of me/It keeps pulling underneath /God, help me/Rise within my own defeat.” The song’s second verse continues that inference as it states, “It feels like temptation magnetized/Keeping hearts from finding ways around/It seems like any time we try to take flight/The gravity keeps forcing to the ground.” The song’s third and final verse certifies the statement even more as it states, “Confused on where my thoughts align
/I know you’re there to cauterize the thriving of the beast inside.” The overall message will resonate loudly with listeners. When it is considered along with the power in the song’s musical arrangement, the lyrical content’s impact increases even more, making the whole song that much more accessible. It is just one of the songs that shows the album’s strength. ‘The Veil,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another example of how much the record has to offer.
‘The Veil’ presents a musical arrangement that crosses the band’s familiar electronic leanings with a more melodic hard rock sound to make its whole a unique work in its own right. The subtle string arrangement that opens the song makes for a notable juxtaposition to again, the very Spineshank/Breaking Benjamin style approach that follows soon after. The steady time keeping and low-end work with the keyboards and guitars to make the song’s musical arrangement solid throughout its four-minute run time. The energy in the song’s arrangement does well to help heighten the impact of the song’s lyrical theme.
According to a statement released by the band, the lyrical theme featured in ‘The Veil’ is a song about the facades put on by our society, our leaders, and sometimes even ourselves. How people can go about on a daily basis keeping people in the dark of their true intentions. It’s like putting your hand over other people’s eyes while creating a cover story to buy time, knowing that it won’t last forever. The light will eventually turn on and the truth will be revealed.”‘ That statement is illustrated well in the song’s lead verse, which states, “There is a shield that keeps us from seeing what’s around us/Like a veil that covers over our eyes/So we start to lose our way/We’ve pursued conflictions and got caught in life’s deceptions/Casting shadows on our face that guides our vision astray/I know there’s more to life than this/Now we can open the door/To find out what our eyes have missed/While we were blinded before.” The statement continues in the song’s second verse as the song’s subject notes, “We keep flowing in this pattern of blocking out the sun/In contradiction to the path we want walk on/How is it we manage to hide what’s truly felt?/There’s so much more to what we are inside these dying shells.” The final accent is put on the statement in the song’s third and final verse, which states, “Why is it so hard for us to share what we feel?/Why is it so hard for us to find something real?/Nothing can ever take your sight from what you know as truth/A vision’s value can be too precious to turn away the view.” Noting the simple way in which the message was delivered, even in its metaphorical language, the theme is still relatively easily understood. To that end the lyrical theme shows even more why the album’s lyrical theme is important to its presentation. When it is paired with the song’s radio ready musical arrangement, the two elements collectively show even more why the album deserves its own share of attention. It is just one more of the album’s most notable entries. ‘Graveyards,’ which comes even later in the album’s run, is another way in which the album’s musical and lyrical content stand out.
‘Graveyards’ is just as radio ready as the other songs addressed here. That is exhibited inn part through its heavy, melodic hard rock stylistic approach and sound. Once again, the comparison is easily made to Breaking Benjamin through the combination of the vocals, bass, guitar, and drums. That is a tribute to the album’s production. That infectious, heavy arrangement works with the song’s lyrical theme to make for even more interest.
The lyrical theme featured in ‘Graveyards’ comes across as a statement about humans’ obsession with the past and our struggle to move past our own pasts. That is inferred especially through the song’s chorus, which states, “Is nothing what it seems?/We keep repeating history/In reverence we dance in vain on the graves of our mistakes/In severance we separate from the pasts we can’t remain.” The chorus adds in its refrain, “In remembrance we keep building walls from all our shattered dreams/In deliverance we build this bridge for all the lives to redeem.” So while the song warns listeners about our tendency to hold on to the past, it reminds us that we can learn from our pasts and move past them. The song’s verses add even more to the theme here, what with its notes of having “broken from the chains/But we can’t seem to open up this cage” and how “We change the picture in this frame/But get lost in the cycles of the same.” It is a strong starting point on a topic that is accessible. When it is considered along with the song’s equally impressive musical arrangement, that whole makes even clearer why audiences will find the album appealing. When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, the whole of that content makes the album overall a presentation that does deserve to be heard at least once.
Awaken’s latest album, Monsters & Machines is a presentation from the established hard rock act that is deserving of as much attention as works from the band’s more well-known counterparts. That is proven through its musical and lyrical content alike. The songs examined here serve to support the noted statements. When they and the rest of the album’s works are considered together, they make the recording its own successful offering that is worth hearing at least once. The album is available now. More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/awakenofficial.
Independent hard rock band Awaken debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.
The band debuted the lyric video for its latest single, ‘The Veil‘ Saturday. The song and its video are the band’s third from its forthcoming album Monsters & Machines, which the band is planning for release in 2021. It follows the debut of the album’s singles ‘Stained Glass‘ and ‘Behemoth.’
The lyric video for ‘The Veil’ places the song’s lyrics over a series of ever-changing backdrops, such as a globe, a subtle skull visual, and an open door as the song plays over the visuals. Speaking of the song’s musical content, it crosses the band’s familiar electronic leanings with a more melodic hard rock sound to make its whole.
A prepared statement from the band states that the lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement presents a familiar social commentary.
“‘The Veil’ is a song about the facades put on by our society, our leaders, and sometimes even ourselves,” the statement reads. “How people can go about on a daily basis keeping people in the dark of their true intentions. It’s like putting your hand over other people’s eyes while creating a cover story to buy time, knowing that it won’t last forever. The light will eventually turn on and the truth will be revealed.”‘
‘The Veil’ is available to stream and download here.
Independent hard rock band Awaken debuted the video for its latest single this month.
The band debuted the video for its latest single ‘Stained Glass‘ Oct. 8 through Sofa King Cool Magazine. The video’s debut comes five months after the band debuted its then latest single, ‘Behemoth.’ Both songs tentatively scheduled for inclusion in the band’s long-awaited new album Monsters & Machines which is expected or release in 2021 through INgrooves and The Label Group.
The ‘Stained Glass’ video features the band in what is meant to reflect a live setting, what with its lights and brick wall backdrop. That footage is coupled with imagery of people walking past a homeless person on the street who is holding a sign that states, “Please help.” The video presents a somewhat surprise ending, which will be left for audiences to see for themselves.
The imagery used in the video is meant to help illustrate the message delivered through the song’s lyrical content, which the band addressed in a prepared statement.
‘”Stained Glass” is a song for the overlooked,” the statement reads. “It’s a song that speaks for those who have been prejudged, counted out, or taken for granted without their situations being understood. It’s about how people can look at another through a stained glass lens and never really see who they are. This was actually one of the first songs written for the record, musically and lyrically. It’s always been one that stood out to us throughout the recording process.”‘
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Stained Glass’ is a heavy melodic metal composition. Its instrumentation and vocal delivery style join to make the song an appealing work for fans of bands, such as Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.
‘Stained Glass’ is available to stream and download here.
Independent hard rock band Awaken’s long awaited new album Monsters & Machines may finally see the light of day.
Originally planned for release in July, the album’s initial release date was pushed back due to unforeseen circumstances. The band made the announcement in July on its official Facebook page. This week though, The Label group announced the band has signed a deal with the company that also features a distribution deal through INgrooves.
While the new deal was announced by the company Tuesday, a new released date for the album was not revealed. That information is under consideration.
As audiences await word on the new official release date for Monsters & Machines, they can take in the band’s latest single ‘Behemoth’ and its companion lyric video. The video debuted in May. It features the band’s lyrics alongside a cyborg type creature as the song plays over the visuals.
The song’s musical arrangement is a heavy work that incorporates electronics and heavy guitars, drums and bass for a sound that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Spineshank, 10 years, and Chevelle. That sound couples with the song’s equally strong lyrical theme to add to its appeal.
The song’s lyrical content, which is provided in print with the song’s lyric video, hints at someone who is dealing with his/her own inner demons. As the song’s subject is dealing with that inner battle, he/she is also seeming to reach out, asking for help, which is what people need to do any time they are dealing with their own inner struggles. That will make the song even more accessible for audiences.
‘Behemoth’ is available to stream and download here.
As I Lay Dying is a busy band this year. The band has officially debuted the lead single off of its upcoming new album, “Awakened” as it prepares to take aprt in this Summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Fans can check out the new single, ‘Cauterize’ now on liquidmetal.com. The band’s brand new album, “Awakened” is currently schedule to be released September 25th via Metal Blade Records.
Audiences who come and check out the band this Summer will get the opportunity to pre-order “Awakened.” The band will make available special limited edition laminated that will allow fans to pre-order the new album right at the band’s merchandise booth at each of its stops on the tour. The laminates will each have a special code that can be entered online at http://www.metalblade.com/awakened. Fans simply need enter the code to pre-order the album and have it hand delivered to their door. The code must be redemmed by no later than November 1st , 2012. The laminates are available only at the band’s stops on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, and this offer is only available in the United States.