With a fresh lineup and a new musical direction, ATRIA’s new EP “Ground Zero” gets very personal to exorcise the darkness of the mind, the frustrations of life, and battling your inner demons. Lead lyrically by vocalist Tom Emmans, the EP is his personal outlet to express his observations of the world. He explains further:
“I find myself in a world that I barely believe in, I try to be hopeful when I can but at the end of the day, we’re all just a little broken. I am expressing the broken side so I can be healthy when I walk off stage. It’s therapeutic, cathartic, but it’s really hard. It comes from a real place and it’s not always fun. Musically, for this record, it’s definitely gotten more aggressive, we always wanted to blend a lot of melodies and an anthemic chorus’ with brutality. I feel like the fans will agree that on this new one, we’ve gotten much better at doing that.”
Teaming up once again with producer Jon Howard (Threat Signal), and a new lineup that features Jerad Sterling (Tortured Saint) on drums, Brody King on lead guitar, and bassist Joe Mullen to join founding members vocalist Tom Emmans (Odium, Deathpoint, Choices, Scaithe) and guitarist Tim Ross, “Ground Zero” is an anthemic five track jolt of crushing infectious metalcore.
From its award-winning single “Antiheroes” (“Best Metal”- 2023 Forest City London, ON Music Awards) that captivates with its riffs and simply impossible-to-forget chorus, it sinks in and does not let go as you flow from each track to the next and let the music guide to the messages the band is expressing. “Antiheroes” is about losing faith in government and media, “Dysmorphia” is about body dysmorphia and the way the media will sell you a dream that will never come true, to “Just a Number”, a song about knowing how hard you work every day and feeling you’re nothing more than a cog in a machine and it’s all pointless, to EP closer “The Brightest Lights’, a lullaby to an unborn dead child.
Recommended for fans of Avatar, Slipknot, Mudvayne, Soilwork, and Killswitch Engage, ATRIA‘s second EP “Ground Zero” is due out on August 18, 2023, and before it officially drops, the band has teamed up with MetalInsider for its full stream premiere HERE.
The EP is available for pre-order at https://atriaofficial.bandcamp.com.
Aug 17 – London, ON – Rum Runners (EP Release Party) w/ Solarus, We Are Human, Aquila
Aug 23 – Kingston, ON – The Broom Factory w/ Upon A Burning Body, As The Structure Fails, Exogen
1. Ground Zero – 5:58
2. Antiheroes – 5:05
3. Dysmorphia – 2:35
4. Just a Number – 5:37
5. The Brightest Lights – 6:09
EP Length: 25:27