THE KING IS BLIND have announced a brand new album!
The new album, titled We Are The Parasite, We Are The Cancer, is the sophomore effort from the rising British metallers and is scheduled to be released in October via the band’s own label Calva Records. The upcoming album was recorded with Tom Donovan at Tom Donovan Studio in Rowhedge, Essex, and was mixed and mastered by Dan Abela. Speaking about the upcoming album, THE KING IS BLIND‘s guitarist Lee James Appleton says, “I wanted the music to really move people physically and emotionally, and inject it with an overflowing of raw energy and power. We spent a lot of time experimenting with the core tones for the drums and guitars, but also meticulously digging into the concept of the record and locating and manipulating a variety of samples and atmospherics to act as a sixth member to give the material a much deeper, abstract dimension, in the same way that PINK FLOYD might have done. We made a promise to each other to show no mercy on this album, take ourselves to the edge of our capabilities and stay there until the job was done. Combining that inspiration with our integral influences of CELTIC FROST, CANDLEMASS, NAPALM DEATH, NEUROSIS et al made for an extremely satisfying creative process which has helped us produce the album of our lives!”
Vocalist Stephen John Tovey adds, “conceptually, WATPWATC HAD to work on multiple planes of comprehension to fully realize this complex vision we had for a complete album. On one hand it tells a linear story, continuing the “I/He”, “Satan/God” dynamic from the first album, but, and this was most important, this time it is wholly contemporary. The cosmetic arc shows “Satan” attempt to realize his intentions to utterly destroy God and claim dominion over mankind, to continue to draw power from our abuse of the sins in perpetuity, by sending down the Seven Princes of Hell to reinforce the prevalence of the Seven Deadly Sins. We live in twisted times. In the modern, Western world, man has freed himself from the shackles of his own interpretation and manipulated restrictions of organised religion, and in doing so has shunned God. New Jerusalem (modern day Earth) has failed. It is not a moral, just, spiritual, liberal or fair society we inhabit as “we” have rejected religion by exercising what we think of as free will. We have replaced morality and spirituality with Capitalism Commercialism, Consumerism; the modern politics of self-interest and corruption… the Seven Sins in extremis…We have turned from a moral centre due to our own inexplicable subversions of the basic tenets of spiritual faith and replaced God with Sin. The album is presented as an amalgam of “story” songs (which themselves discuss this amoral, anti-spiritual situation) and Seven “Plague” songs, which each examine how lust, gluttony, wrath etc manifest in a post-truth, fake-news present day; a present day where we are faced with a divided and divisive society, led by self-interested celebrity politicians. We have been manipulated and are trapped by a modern existence subsuming us with vice, apathy and immorality, one we’ve been cajoled into creating since entering the post-industrial revolution age… WATPWATC is a multi-faceted, angry and frustrated take on a world where, seemingly, free will has led us to a disturbing place where it appears we have actually have no choice but to accept things spiralling further into hate…”
We Are The Parasite, We Are The Cancer is set for release on October 13th via Calva Records. More details will be announced shortly!
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