ALPHA WOLF: new single AKUDAMA against the foes of the scene, sophomore album A QUITE PLACE TO DIE out September 25th.
Aussie metalcore bruisers ALPHA WOLF (Lochie Keogh, John Arnold, Scottie Simpson, Mitch Fogart, Sabian Lynch) shared the details surrounding their sophomore album a quiet place to die set to be released on September 25th, 2020 via SharpTone Records and Greyscale Records. After a couple of EPs, the band of debuted on the scene in July 2017 with first full-length MONO out via Greyscale Records. After signing with SharpTone Records in 2019, Alpha Wolf dropped FAULT EP in April.
To give the world a taste of their highly-anticipated effort, the Melbourne fivesome unleashed angst-ridden lead single AKUDAMA out via an official video. The song was debuted live in Australia on the most recent run of shows headlined by Polaris. It’s a bombshell of a track, a solid assault of sharp-razor riffing and vocal savagery firing on all cylinders. During these unprecedented times, Alpha Wolf go unfiltered with the single, blasting on the experience of being one of the fastest rising metalcore acts in Australia and the negative aspects that come with it, in the music industry, the live scene and those musicians who act as antagonists. Indeed, the Japanese meaning of the word “Akudama” is villain, baddie. The video is a brilliant mix of fantasy and reality. It combines footage and visuals with a Japanese flair and contributions spanning from anime and urban scenarios to graphic animations and videogames. You can read the lyrics below.
Vocalist Lochie Keogh opened up on the single as follows:
“While there’s no singular antagonist in this song, it is a very targeted response. It’s a pissed off anthem for me to point the middle finger directly at those who don’t make people feel welcome in the scene. We’ve seen time and time again musicians taking support slots for bands they do nothing but drag through the dirt behind their backs; acting like they’re too cool to be part of this scene. If the only way you can feel good about yourself is to try to bring other musicians down to your level, this song is for you”.
Speaking about the band’s upcoming record, guitarist Sabian Lynch commented:
“We’ve completed the album we’ve dreamed of writing, with so much hard work and sacrifice over the past few years it always comes back down to the music and this is definitely the strongest we’ve ever been. We’ve reached into those never ending pockets of negativity to pull out some of our darkest times and pour them into our songs, it’s almost like having a demon for every day of the week but it’s for each song. Listen to the music, listen to the words and experience the best version of Alpha Wolf”.
Furthermore, guitarist Scott Simpson shared his thoughts on “a quite place to die”:
“‘Fault’ was a big test for us in how we wanted to go ahead as a band, it was Lochie and Mitch’s first release with Alpha Wolf and was actually all written and tracked before Lochie had even played a show with us. We have toured around the globe since the EP’s release, and everyone has really found their own because of it. These songs are in retrospect to all of that. We took what works and put it on steroids, we made the album we have always wanted to make, the way we wanted to make it and I think people are really going to hear that”.
Watch Alpha Wolf – Akudama (Official Music Video) off upcoming record A Quite Place To Die:
Alpha Wolf – Akudama Lyrics:
Watch the bodies drop
Cut it off
Off with the head
Cut it off
From the fucking neck
Cut it off
Better off dead
Cut it off
Say it to my face, better dig two graves
I thought I told you motherfuckers I don’t play safe
Like a bitter pill
It leaves a bad taste when you bite
The hand that feeds
I’ll see you starve
Because without me
You fall apart
Sick to death of holding my breath
Before I suffocate
Say my fucking name
Hold your grudge, never a candle
Can’t throw shade when you live in my shadow
Who the fuck do you think you are?
Cut the head off, watch the bodies drop
So fucking sick to death of
Having to bite my tongue off
Another coarse reminder
That if I’m going nowhere
I will see you there
Alpha Wolf – A Quite Place To Die tracklisting:
1. a quiet place to die
3. Golden Fate; Isolate
5. Acid Romance
6. Rot In Pieces
7. bleed 4 u
8. Ultra-Violet Violence
9. The Mind Bends To A Will Of Its Own
10. Restricted (R18+)
11. don’t ask…
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