Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC ON-AIR TALENT KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
News

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Unveil New Album Abyss

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Saturday, June 6, 2020 @ 9:02 AM


Conceptual Follow-Up To 2017’s Apex Drops August 21 Via Napalm Records

- advertisement -
Less than a year after the release of their covers EP Explorers, Canadian melodic power metal quartet UNLEASH THE ARCHERS are back with a brand new 10-track masterpiece in the form of their fifth full-length album, Abyss. Lifted by the urgent, breathtaking vocals of frontwoman Brittney Slayes, on Abyss, the band re-cements themselves as an unequalled, undeniable metallic force with their strongest album to date.

Colossal, heart-stopping and heavy-as-hell while often exploring a noteworthy aura of addictive pop sensibility, Abyss further proves the indelible songwriting and technical talents of UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – not only reinforcing how high a modern band can soar within the atmosphere of power metal, but introducing an unbridled array of diverse sonic elements into the fold. Poised to make its mark amid a new generation of epic metal concept albums, listeners will be itching to hit replay within seconds of its satisfying end.

Check out a new teaser of the album’s title track “Abyss” BELOW, and stay tuned for more new music and videos coming very soon!

Abyss is set for release via Napalm Records on August 21, 2020, and is available for pre-order in CD format, as well as 2LP gatefold vinyl format in original black, limited edition red/yellow swirl (mailorder only, limited to 300 copies), and limited edition purple (North American mailorder only, limited to 100 copies). A limited edition Deluxe Earbook format is also available – the only edition including instrumental versions of each track and bonus alternate single versions (also featured in a standalone 7” only available with the Earbook format) – as well as several additional bundles including t-shirts and more! The album will be available to pre-order digitally in mid-June.

Starting today, pre-order Abyss in available formats HERE!

Beginning with a dreamlike acoustic introduction accented by the smoky beckonings of singer Brittney Slayes, opener “Waking Dream” quickly punches into a colossal wall of sound, setting the stage for the auditory escape that is Abyss. Powerful anthems such as the immense power metal-encapsulated title track “Abyss” and metallic pop-tinged earworm “Through Stars” conjure classic elements while maintaining an entirely fresh, forward-thinking approach. Guitarists Andrew Kingsley and Grant Truesdell turn heads with wicked work on stellar tracks such as “Legacy” (fans of artists like Devin Townsend and ASTRONOID, take note), while Slayes showcases her incredible vocal diversity and range on mighty epics like “Return To Me” and “The Wind That Shapes The Land”. Drummer Scott Buchanan makes technical strides on burners “Soulbound” and “Faster Than Light” – setting breakneck twists and turns ablaze with his bandmates. UNLEASH THE ARCHERS rounds the edge of Abysswith throwback-hued “Carry The Flame”, and wraps up with the soaring, rewarding concept closer “Afterlife”.

Thematically, Abyss is the direct sequel to the band’s 2017 album Apex. Frontwoman Brittney Slayes explains about the concept:

“Our protagonist, The Immortal, is once again awakened at the beginning of our story, but this time he is in an unknown place: a ship out in deep space. He wanders alone for a time, reflecting on his misdeeds, searching for his new master. Finally, he finds him, and learns that it is the Grandson of The Matriarch, our antagonist. The Immortal had taken The Grandson’s father away some sixty years before, to be sacrificed by The Matriarch in a ritual to achieve immortality (the events from Apex) and now the Grandson seeks revenge against The Matriarch with the aid of her own weapon, The Immortal.

This album is a classic take on good versus evil, light versus dark, The Grandson versus The Matriarch, but it also uses the ‘person versus self’ literary device in that The Immortal is battling with the good and evil within himself, and must decide in the end if he is simply a tool for others to use, or a man with free will and the ability to choose his own path; a struggle I think every human can relate to.”

Abyss was once again engineered, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios in Denmark (Volbeat, Delain, Amaranthe), with production by guitarist Andrew Kingsley. Additionally, transcendent closer track “Afterlife” features orchestration contributions from Francesco Ferrini of Italian symphonic death metal machine Fleshgod Apocalypse. Fans will notice that, unlike on Apex, Abyss incorporates a weighty dose of synth in the mix, and for the first time ever, all tracks were written on seven strings – adding to the massive expanse of the album’s sound as it explores the celestial realm. As mentioned, the Deluxe Earbook edition of Abyss features two bonus tracks – synthwave and gothic folk-pop versions of “Abyss” and “Soulbound”, respectively. This is something UNLEASH THE ARCHERS has never done before, turning their singles into something completely different! Brittney Slayes adds: “I hope you enjoy our alternate interpretations of “Abyss” and “Soulbound”, because they honestly show a side of us as musicians that we probably wouldn't be able to showcase otherwise. We all listen to a lot of different genres of music, but these two bonus tracks give huge insight into the music we were listening to as we recorded Abyss... not just metal, but synthwave, pop, and even a bit of country!”

Abyss tracklisting:

  • "Waking Dream"
  • "Abyss"
  • "Through Stars"
  • "Legacy"
  • "Return To Me"
  • "Soulbound"
  • "Faster Than Light"
  • "The Wind That Shapes The Land"
  • "Carry The Flame" (feat. guitarist Andrew Kingsley on guest vocals)
  • "Afterlife" (feat. orchestration by Francesco Ferrini)


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
ALCATRAZZ Debut New Video For Single "Dirty Like The City"
10 YEARS Return With New Album Violent Allies
BLACK CROWN INITIATE Launch "Holy Silence" Single, Video
FATES WARNING Reissues For The Spectre Within, No Exit, And Inside Out Coming In August
KATAKLYSM Announce New Album, Unconquered
AVATAR Share Dark Video For New Single "Colossus"
BETTER NOISE MUSIC FESTIVAL Set To Air July 16th
WARKINGS Unleash New Single, Video For "Maximus"
NIGHT DEMON Drop New 7" Single "Vysteria"
DEREK SHERINIAN Reveals New Solo Album The Phoenix
ALESTORM Releases New Official Animated Video “Shit Boat (No Fans)”
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Announce New Archival Live Release 45th Anniversary - Live In London
ANOTHER DAY DAWNS Release "Forget Me Not" Video
NAPALM DEATH Reveal New Album Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism
All-Star Band ECHOBATS Launch "Save Me from Loving You" Video
NEON COVEN Featuring JACOB BUNTON And ACE VON JOHNSON Set To Release Debut Full-Length Album Future Postponed
DAMNATION ANGELS Debut "A Sum Of Our Parts" Video
STEELER Featuring RON KEEL Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New Release, Come Hell Or Hollywood (1981-82)
SIGNAL 13 Film Ghostly Video For "Stay With Me"
VICIOUS RUMORS Unveil New Album Celebration Decay
CREMATORY Releases Cover Video For "When The Children Cry"
SEPULTURA Announce Their Rescheduled North American "Quadra Tour"
STEELHEART Release Timely, Powerful "My Freedom" Video
ELLEFSON, the Solo Band Of DAVID ELLEFSON, Set To Release Covers Album, No Cover
ZAKK WYLDE Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of BLACK SABBATH With Blistering Recreation Of Their Debut Album
SABATON Unleash "Devil Dogs" Video
DEVILDRIVER Launches Second Video For Track "Iona"
IRON ANGEL Set For New Album Emerald Eyes
BLACK VEIL BRIDES Announce Re-Stitch These Wounds And Special Live Stream Album Release Show
MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS Drop "Tell Tale Heart" Video
TONY MONTANA, BRENTT ARCEMENT Team Up For SHADOW & THE THRILL's Debut Album Sugarbowl
SVEN GALI Premiere Music Video For "Now"
AMARANTHE Reveal New Album Manifest
BRUJERIA Unleash New Video For "COVID-666"
MAD MAX Gets "Hurricaned" With New Streaming Single
HEATHEN Unveil New Album Empire Of The Blind
DORO Releases New Digital Single, Video "Brickwall"
VENOM PRISON Announce New Release Defy The Tyrant
SEVENDUST Release New SOUNDGARDEN Cover For "The Day I Tired To Live"
PALAYE ROYALE Release Music Video For "Anxiety"
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Announce New Album Scorpio
WHITECHAPEL Launches "Doom Woods" Animated Video
ANTHRAX Tip Hat To DIMEBAG With New Bourbon, 'The Healer'
AYREON Set For New Album Transitus
SICK OF IT ALL Share New Video For "Bull's Anthem"
INCANTATION Reveal Sect of Vile Divinities Album
TRIVIUM Announce Global Livestream Event "A Light Or A Distant Mirror"
NECROT Unleashes "Asleep Forever" Single
KILL THE LIGHTS Cover TESTAMENT's "Into The Pit"
STRYPER Unveil New Album Even The Devil Believes
Prog Supergroup FLYING COLORS Set For New Live Album Third Stage: Live In London
ANTI-FLAG Announce "Quarantine Sucks, Let's Party!" Digital Tour
SUICIDE SILENCE Reveal The Final Batch Of "Virtual World Tour" Dates
SKELETAL REMAINS Unveil New Album The Entombment Of Chaos
JOYOUS WOLF Debut "Odyssey" Animated Video
DEATH DEALER Announce New Album, Star Bass Player
BEYOND THE BLACK Drops New Video For "Human"
SCORPIONS Share New Song "Sign Of Hope"
MISERY SIGNALS Releases New Single/Video For "River King"
SEETHER Returns With First New Album In Three Years, Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum (“If You Want Peace, Prepare for War”)
JERRY CANTRELL To Appear On GIBSON TV’s ICONS
ENSIFERUM Releases Video For Single "Amdromeda"
SUICIDE SILENCE Reveals The Second Batch Of "Virtual World Tour" Dates
LAMB OF GOD Launch New Video For "Gears"
GRAVE DIGGER Stream New Track "Barbarian"
ANGELES Unveil Hell On High Heels Album Tracklisting
PRIMAL FEAR Unleash New Single, Video "I Am Alive"
VALKYRIE Debut New Track "The Choice"
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Share Otherworldly Music Video For New Track "Abyss"
STEEL PANTHER Debut "Let's Get High Tonight" Video
DAN REED NETWORK, RECKLESS LOVE Announce "Let's Hear It For The King" Co-Headline UK Tour
THE AGONIST Releases New Album Title Track Video For "Orphans"
MACHINE HEAD Drop 2-Track Civil Unrest Single
AIRFORCE Unveil New Album Strike Hard
RAGE Reveals New Lineup And Launches New Single/Video
SEPTICFLESH Announces Live Pre-Screening Event For Upcoming Concert DVD
ALCATRAZZ Drop New Video For "London 1666"
WILDSTREET ‘Kings Of The World Tour’ Tour Dates Announced
ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER Set To Release First Book, Wicked Words and Epic Tales
DEE SNIDER Reveals "I Am The Hurricane" Live Video
CLINT LOWERY Surprise Releases Grief & Distance EP
AVERSIONS CROWN Release Music Video For "Paradigm"
SUICIDE SILENCE Reveals The First Batch Of "Virtual World Tour" Dates
RUSH Launch Their New Official Conceptual Music Video For “The Spirit of Radio”
AVATAR Share New Single "God Of Sick Dreams"
KVELERTAK Reveal Special Plans For "Live From Amper Tone Studio" Livestream Show
JEFFREY NOTHING Shares New Track "Never Enough"
POWER TRIP Surprises Fans With Live In Seattle 05.28.18 Album
ANGELES To Release New Album Hell On High Heels
ENSLAVED Invite Fans To Vote On Setlist For Upcoming Roadburn "Chronicles Of The Northbound" Show
RA Sign New Record Deal, Return With First New Album In Seven Years
BPMD Releases Metallic Cover Of "We're An American Band"
ACK! An All Star Tribute To ACE FREHLEY Tribute Set For MORC Live Stream
HEAVEN BELOW Set For Rest In Pieces: A Tribute To The Departed Covers Album
AMARANTHE Announce The Cancellation Of Their North American 2020 Tour
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Are "A Little Bit Off" With New Video
ANVIL To Perform At The First Canadian Metal Streaming Event
SILVERTUNG Debut Video For "World Gone Mad"
ANTHRAX Announce Persistence Of Time 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
NIGHT DEMON Release "Are You Out There" 7" Single
IN FLAMES Announce 20th Anniversary Edition Of Clayman Album
ABYSMAL DAWN Premieres CANDLEMASS Cover "Bewitched"
BLACK CROWN INITIATE Unveil New Album Violent Portraits Of Doomed Escape
MUSHROOMHEAD Unleash Cinematic Post-Apocalyptic Music Video For New Track "The Heresy"
OCEANS OF SLUMBER Reveal Self-Titled New Album
FROM ASHES TO NEW Stream New Track "What I Get"
SUICIDE SILENCE To Stream 2015 Mental Health America Benefit Show
ENSIFERUM Launches "Rum, Women, Victory" Video
UNLEASH THE ARCHERS Unveil New Album Abyss





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2020 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News