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It’s all happening for Northlane! 2019 marks the 10th anniversary as a band for the Sydney metallers who have officially announced the upcoming release of their fifth studio album, a headline tour and released their first single off the new record!
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Alien is due for release August 2 via UNFD. This title may lead those familiar with the band to believe that the album will centre around space and futuristic themes, as previous albums have. Instead, the title reflects a personal tale of isolation and ostracisation that vocalist Marcus Bridge felt as a child due to growing up in “a weird, unusual household and was bullied at school because of it”. Bridge describes Alien as their most personal record to date. “I was raised in hell but I made it out,” Says Bridge. “Raised in a place I shouldn’t have been, and no child should have been. But I’ve been able to break free.”
“Bloodline was one of the first songs that came about in the writing process for the album. When we were trying to decide what we wanted to write about, we decided early on that we wanted to keep the album pretty personal. I wanted to tell the stories of my upbringing and the ups and downs that come along with that.” says Bridge. He adds, “It talks about that idea of growing up in a broken home despite all odds and what might be expected of someone who grows up like that. You are able to be what people think of you and break out of that spiral, that terrible world. For me, that’s a mix of telling the story simple, but then it also tells some parts of my story in really fine detail. For example, the second verse goes into a lot of moments that I actually remember growing up and these landmarks—all these things I remember seeing. This song is a perfect way to sum up the album and also be the first toe in the water to be able to tell this story.”
The accompanying video follows the abusive relationship between a father and his son. Jason Eshraghian directed the video and is known for his cinematic use of visual effects and layered storytelling. Bridge says, “It was a pretty clear choice to work with Jason, who has done all our videos since I’ve joined the band.”
Sonically, Bloodline has taken a step away from the prog-metalcore sound that Northlane are known for, for a nu-metal vibe. A bold move for a band whose previous three albums have debuted in the Top 5 on the ARIA charts.
Alien is available as Exclusive Vinyl, CD and Merchandise options in limited quantities worldwide at unfdStore.com
To celebrate the release Alien, Northlane will hit the road for a national tour with special guests Counterparts, Silent Planet & Void of Vision throughout October. Tickets for the tour will go on sale this Friday, May 3.
Alien is available as Exclusive Vinyl, CD and Merchandise options
Northlane Alien Australian Tour 2019:
Sydney // Friday, 11 October// UNSW Roundhouse
Brisbane // Saturday, 12 October// The Triffid
Melbourne // Friday 18, October// 170 Russell
Adelaide // Saturday, 19 October// Lion Arts Factory
Perth// Sunday 20, October// Capitol