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Exclusive Premiere: Warforged’s Stunning Death Metal Masterpiece “We’ve Been Here Before”

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Artwork by Samuel Nelson (Stigma Art)

In 2014, Warforged self-released Essence of the Land, an EP that didn’t make a whole lot of noise at the time but has since developed a cult following. Five years later they’re poised to put out their first full-length album, and one listen to its debut single “We’ve Been Here Before” will be plenty to convince you of both why this band’s been receiving so much praise of late and why it took so damn long to get this record together.

In one word, “We’ve Been Here Before” is intense. Intense harmonically, intense sonically, intense metaphorically and intense visually, which is why we highly suggest you stay focused on the song’s music video (filmed and edited by vocalist Adrian Perez) during its entire run-time instead of clicking over to another tab and listening in the background. We’ll let the band themselves take over from here:

I: Voice is the sum of five years of creativity and focused work. The music plays as a stream of consciousness, jumping often from one area of the metal spectrum to the next with recurring melodies and vibes throughout for the purpose of bringing about an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Since Essence Of The Land and “Two Demons” came out, we worked to build upon and elaborate on our musical style and mission statement. What started as an idea of modern death metal with hints of black metal evolved into a more progressive, unique, and “epic” ethos. Horrifying and beautiful, dynamic and aggressive, harmony found through dissonance, an ebb and flow through drama and resolution, a flirtation with memory, a call for collaboration, personality, and reality… immense emotional energy seamlessly woven within the death metal genre.”

I: Voice features some very special guests: Gorguts guitarist Kevin Hufnagel, ex-Exivious/ex-Cynic guitarist Tymon Kruidenier, Alkaloid guitarist Christian Münzner, Artificial Brain vocalist Will Smith along with his bandmate and Revocation guitarist Dan Gargiulo, Narcotic Wasteland/ex-Nile guitarist Dallas Toller-Wade, Native Construct/Replacire guitarist Poh Hock, Entheos drummer Navene Koperweis (on a guest guitar spot!), and many more.

I: Voice comes out on May 10th via The Artisan Era; pre-order here (physical) and here (digital).

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