Earthside Drop Stunning Short Film and New Single, “All We Knew and Ever Loved”
It’s been nearly six years since progressive metallers Earthside released their last album, A Dream in Static, but holy hell have they made the wait worth it with their newest creative work, “All We Knew and Ever Loved.”
The Connecticut-based (how often do you hear that other than Hatebreed?) band’s new release is more of a short film than it is a music video or even a traditional “single;” you’ve got to watch it and pay full attention. This isn’t the kind of song you pop on and then switch tabs as it plays in the background… the music doesn’t work without the video, and vice versa.
Directed by Maxime Tiberghien and Sylvain Favre, known for their work on Gojira’s “Another World,” the animated clip tells the tale of two friends on an adventure through an absolutely breathtaking landscape of sculpted stone. The circumstances lead to one friend pitted against the other and, well… the story of humanity unfolds, is really the best way to put it.
Earthside keyboardist and the piece’s composer Frank Sacramone explains:
“Humans are the only beings that knowingly destroy themselves. Animals don’t have a developed consciousness like we do, or a sense of right or wrong, but ‘all we knew and ever loved’ will be gone as we keep perpetuating the same poor decision-making as a species—the same societal structures, economic norms, same use of power. Day by day, we’re beginning to see very real consequences to these willful abuses on a scale we don’t fully comprehend.”
The track, which is more an orchestral composition than your standard metal fare (even by Earthside’s lofty standards), features a dueling drum performance between the band’s Ben Shanbrom and featured guest performer, Baard Kolstad of Leprous.
Give it a watch below with the lights down and the volume up. “All We Knew and Ever Loved” is out now via Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group, with a new album on the way.