Northlane Drop Djenty New Song “Talking Heads”


I’m sorry if this paints me as an ignorant American, but I genuinely get confused between Northlane and Parkway Drive, Australia’s two greatest metal exports of recent years this side of Thy Art is Murder (and excepting Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus, both of which I’m infinitely more fond than either of the two aforementioned bands). So please forgive my ignorance with regards to this post about Nortlane’s recently released new song “Talking Heads”… or don’t forgive my ignorance, I don’t really care!

OH RIGHT, Northlane are the djentier ones! I haven’t been into new metalcore since the late ’00s and djent peaked just a few years later, so this one doesn’t really do much for me… but I’m likely not the target audience, so you decide for yourself whether you like it or not. You’re allowed to have your own opinion regardless of what some jagoff writer on the internet says. Weird how that works, isn’t it?

Vocalist Marcus Bridge offered the following on the song’s very personal lyrical nature:

“[The song] talks about the insecurities and anxiety that come with growing up in a violent home with drug addicted parents. That trauma had made it difficult to express my thoughts and ideas in the past, both emotionally and creatively. We started working on this song pretty early in the process and I think writing it actually started to erase a lot of that insecurity, helping me open up a lot more for the rest of Alien. I think it’s important to know that there are a lot of people who feel the same way. I hope with this song and the issues talked about on rest of the album, that people will start to feel comfortable opening up about their past, turning it from a weakness to a strength in the process.”

Northlane’s new album Alien comes out on August 2nd via UNFD (pre-order) and they’ll be on tour in North America this summer with Erra, Currents and Crystal Lake.

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