PRIDELANDS: set to release debut album LIGHT BENDS on January 14th via SharpTone, unleash new ripper ANTIPATHY.

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PRIDELANDS: set to release debut album LIGHT BENDS on January 14th via SharpTone, unleash new ripper ANTIPATHY.

 

 

“There can be no hope without despair, no love without loss.”

 

 

Aussie metalcore bruisers PRIDELANDS (Joshua Cory, Mason Bunt, Liam Fowler, Daniel Lohrey, Joe Lipsham) are set to release their highly-anticipated debut album LIGHT BENDS on January 14th, 2022 via SharpTone Records. To give the world another taste of their upcoming full-length, the Melbourne fivesome unleashed angst-ridden single ANTIPATHY.

 

 

 

 

Vocalist and lyricist Josh Cory opened up on the single as follows:

 

“Antipathy is a song that we wrote to channel and cleanse some of the more negative emotions that we had during the time. It’s certainly the most quote/unquote “angry” song of the album, but it is not that simple. The name itself means that you severely dislike something, or have a strong aversion to it, so the lyrics and instruments try to address this as a double entendre. We feel this deep-seeded anger towards a subject, and also to ourselves for letting it drag us down. It’s a song about the vicious cycle of anger, and how we may try to break that, praying that we and the subject both make it out.”

 

“There can be no hope without despair, no love without loss. The chaos is the balance and we must bend toward its will, accepting the shadow as part of the light.”

 

 

 

 

Speaking about the band’s upcoming record, guitarist and songwriter Liam Fowler commented:

 

“I never in a million years would’ve imagined that our debut album would end up this way. Being our debut album, we wanted it to be ‘perfect’.”

 

As spoilt for choice as Pridelands were in terms of choosing a lead single, they eventually decided on HEAVY TONGUE. Heavy both instrumentally and in terms of its message, this song shines a harsh spotlight on the corruption and mismanagement of the devastating bushfires that raged through Australia from 2019 to 2020. An ominous drone introduces the song, like a shame spiral spewing forth rapidfire riffs and pelting drums. Simultaneous clean and unclean vocals spit unanimous vitriol:

 

“By the time that you accept/ That we’re on fire/ The midnight oil spills out from the urn/ But all our beds are damned to burn away.”

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere, opening track I REACH INTO YOUR HEART mourns the devastating impact humanity has had on our planet and PARALLEL LINES boasts enough sonic ideas and seismic dynamic shifts within the one track to fill an entire album.

 

The arrangements throughout Pridelands’ striking 11-song collection are supple, lurching, unpredictable and exhilarating. Prepare to be blown away by sudden shifts in tone as serene moments are invaded, unexpectedly, by brutality and chaos. An undercurrent of unease simmers menacingly below the surface, but there’s a sense that catharsis is just out of reach. Pridelands take aim and really take it there on their debut record. Light Bends is one hellavu wild ride.

 

Listen to Pridelands – Antipathy off upcoming record Light Bends:

 

 

 

Pridelands – Antipathy lyrics:

 

Sacrifice the light

Sit here, watch it fade and splutter

I watch your eyes grow wide

Convince me, I don’t matter

Dog-eat-dog world, are you having fun?

Did you bark for too long?

Never gonna change

So won’t you leave me with a scar?

Yellow teeth break the skin

Two faces look the same

With a mouth speaking false truths

A ghost lives in your shadow

Broken, murdered in their youth

Cast your magic, weave your spells

Cage me, constrain me

Sinking fangs, a poison catalyst

You won’t even notice

I’d love to see you dig your way

Out of this fucking mess you’ve made

Shifting shadows prey

On everlasting doubt

I hope you’ve made your choice

I pray you make it out

Now, go, cut and run

Disappear like the others

Dog-eat-dog world, are you having fun?

And I can feel it all

A pulsating light

Triangulating now

But I need another sign

I’ve grown so selfish here

On my synthetic high

Won’t you drag me down?

I’d love to see you dig your way

Out of this fucking mess you’ve made

Shifting shadows prey

On everlasting doubt

I hope you’ve made your choice

And I never believed you’d be like this

Never dreamed you’d want me dead

Your reprieve, like shelter, for a time

Coward, no spine, no guts, no neck

How I would rather watch you slip

Up all over your own self-doubt

I hope you’ve made your choice

I pray you make it out

 

 

Pridelands – Light Bends tracklisting:

 

1. I Reach Into Your Heart

2. The Walls

3. Parallel Lines

4. Parted Time

5. The Lake of Twisted Limbs

6. Safer Here

7. Heavy Tongue

8. Antipathy

9.Translucent Blues

10. Evergrowth

11. The Sun Will Find Us

 

 

 

 

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