Mysterious theatrical metalcore act Plagues release new sermon ‘Pledge’
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UK theatrical metalcore act Plagues have released their latest “Sermon”, in the form of a dark and emotional ballad titled ‘Pledge’. The mysterious masked group, lead by protagonist Osorio, open a new chapter with this release, in which they will showcase a more melodic and mellower sound.
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Osorio comments: “‘Pledge’ is a poignant and powerful ballad about the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of holding on to one’s dreams in the face of adversity. The lyrics, which chronicle a journey beset by challenges including depression and doubt, convey the narrator’s steadfast commitment to their goals despite the obstacles they encounter. The song’s introspective and introverted opening, with its subdued instrumental backing and softly sung top line, effectively captures the sense of weariness and fatigue that the narrator speaks of in the lyrics. As the song progresses, however, the music grows in intensity and the narrator’s vocals become more assertive, culminating in a triumphant and uplifting declaration that they will overcome any obstacle and be “the Light”. The soaring melody and driving beat of the song’s latter half effectively convey the message of unwavering devotion, making ‘Pledge’ a powerful and inspiring anthem of hope and perseverance. It serves as a reminder that even when the trials of life seem insurmountable, belief in oneself and unwavering commitment to one’s goals can lead to overcoming any challenge.”
Osorio has been live-streaming on TikTok regularly in recent times. During these streams, the character can be seen sitting on a throne in full costume, surrounded by candles, as he writes the names of his viewers, or “chosen ones“, in a large book while ominous music plays. These streams, along with his other content, have attracted the attention of many, and earned him hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform.
A large number of users have reacted negatively to his presence on TikTok, calling him “Satanic” or “The Devil”. Fake accounts impersonating Osorio also started appearing on TikTok and other platforms, privately messaging his followers and attempting to swindle money out of them.
A Facebook post in which a religious mother set out to warn other parents against Osorio recently went viral, gaining over 58K shares. This has brought even more attention to Osorio and Plagues‘ social channels, but has also grown the list of scam accounts. The band have made public a list of fake accounts they have come across, and continue to update it.
Plagues are an anonymous, masked, theatrical metal band established in 2020, based in the United Kingdom. The background of the band, due to their anonymity, is shrouded in mystery. It is unknown how many disciples are involved with Plagues at present. All music released by them has the unique label of “Sermons”. Focusing on mood and atmosphere, each track is promoted as a sermon to keep in line with the narrative and theatrical nature of Plagues. The promotion of the songs as sermons is to bolster the idea of a cult-like portrayal and depiction of Plagues.
With a heavy social media presence, Plagues have grown their fanbase into a unique experience which has become known as the “We Are The Cleansing Community” or “Sanctuarii” – the name appointed to the ever-expanding group who join the “Plagues Experience” as “Scholars of Light”. The Plaguesfan community can be found on Discord (7.2K members) and Facebook (5.1K members). The band is also active on TikTok, where they currently have over 500K followers, and continue pushing the mysterious, ambiguous lore of “The Light”.
Releasing their first track ‘Sentinel’ on June 26th 2020, the band have since harboured a rapidly increasing fan base which continues to grow on all major platforms. They are now set to release their new single, ‘Pledge’ on 23rd January 2023 which will showcase a more mellow and melodic side to Plagues, and begin their journey towards the release of their debut album set to release in 2023.