Signs of the Swarm release new single featuring Alex Erian of Despised Icon
Absolvere album out 24th September via Unique Leader
‘Hollow Prison’ video streaming now
US modern deathcore heavyweights Signs of the Swarm have unveiled new single / video ‘Hollow Prison’ featuring a guest performance from Alex Erian of Despised Icon. The single is taken from their forthcoming album, Absolvere, out 24th September 2021 via Unique Leader.
Watch the video to ‘Hollow Prison’ here: https://youtu.be/yVPU2yhmd7k
Pre-order/save Absolvere here: https://orcd.co/absolvere
‘Hollow Prison’ concisely showcases Signs of the Swarm‘s talent for inventive brutality and infectious hooks, and serves as the perfect taster for Absolvere.
Vocalist David Simonich commented: “‘Hollow Prison’ is one of our collective favourites on the album. It brings together all the key elements of Signs of the Swarm, while expanding to complement Alex Erian’s vocal style and delivery. That’s not to say this is Despised Icon worship, though all deathcore kind of is in a way, rather we siphon that through what makes us who we are. It’s one of the moshiest songs we have.
“Lyrically, it talks about being captive in our mortal shell, awaiting the inevitability of death as repetition slowly eats us away. Add the cycle of despair to ‘death and taxes.’ It’s a challenge to everyone to break that cycle and transcend disillusionment.”
Alex Erian of Despised Icon commented: “I said yes as soon as I heard the song, and I don’t agree to features often – especially these days. Despised Icon was on a break due to lockdown, things at work were also on hold, and I was spending way too much time home alone. Collaborating on this track with David and the boys was my outlet. I hope you dig it. Signs of the Swarm are the future of deathcore in my book.”
On fourth LP Absolvere, Signs of the Swarm are bleak without being blackened, smashing without being slam, and downtempo as a choice rather than a stylistic confine. They contrast that with some of the most brutal moments in their seven-year career, with riffs more punishing than pensive and a rhythm section that frames them in creatively cacophonic ways. Above it all, they’re utilising vocalist David Simonich‘s monstrous range in a much fuller capacity than on his debut, 2019’s Vital Deprivation. That transitional album found the band experimenting to re-find their footing. Though the addition of guitarist Jeff Russo could suggest growing pains, they sound more confident than ever with Simonich’s former Improvidence bandmate sliding right in.
Simonich roars about the real (loved ones struggling with addiction, submitting one’s self wholly to art despite negativity swirling about) and the surreal; he or his characters beg for the release of death only to be denied. The album’s finishing touch is Ben Duerr (Shadow of Intent) and Alex Erian (Despised Icon) joining the band for guest vocals.
On the album, Bobby Crow continues: “Absolvere makes good on the musicality we were striving for on Vital Deprivation and combines it with the eerie atmosphere and brutality on our first two albums. We added a myriad of new sounds, techniques and vocal styles as we collectively composed each song from the ground-up.”
Proven as a major force on the stage, Signs of the Swarm have toured with the likes of Aborted, Lorna Shore, Shadow of Intent, Brand of Sacrifice, Ingested, Disentomb, Traitors and more. US and European tours soon to be announced, more news soon.
01 – Hymns ov Invocation
02 – Boundless Manifestations
03 – Dreaming Desecration
04 – Totem
05 – Nameless
07 – Revelations ov a Silent King
08 – Hollow Prison ft. Alex Erian
09 – Blood Seal ft. Ben Duerr
10 – Death Whistle