Umbra Vitae: New Death Metal Band Features Current and Ex Members of Converge, The Red Chord, Hatebreed, Job for a Cowboy
Having already conquered hardcore with Converge and post-rock with Wear Your Wounds, Jacob Bannon is now turning his attention to death metal with another new band, Umbra Vitae. This latest project features two of Bannon’s Wear Your Wounds woundmates — guitarists Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed) and Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, Stomach Earth) — as well as drummer Jon “Charn” Rice (ex-Job for a Cowboy, Scorpion Child, etc.) and bassist Greg Weeks (The Red Chord).
That’s clearly quite the line-up of heavy hitters… and so it’s no surprise that the band’s first publicly-released new song, “Return to Zero,” hits so heavy. Bannon tells Revolver that the track “is about removing resistance in one’s life in order to be best version of ‘you’ that one can be.” Based on the music, I assume that resistance in one’s life is being removed with a fucking chainsaw.
Check out “Return to Zero” below. Umbra Vitae’s debut album, Shadow of Life, will be released digitally May 1 on Bannon’s own Deathwish Inc. You can pre-order it here. A physical release is expected later this year.