Umbra Vitae: Return To Zero


New extreme metal band Umbra Vitae arise composed of a reputable lineup of accomplished musicians, including Coverge's Jacob Bannon, his bandmates in Wear Your Wounds Sean Martin and Mike Mckenzie, as well as Greg Weeks of The Red Chord and Labor Hex, and Jon Rice of Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Job For A Cowboy. Return To Zero is an intense hardcore/death metal assault that makes the band's first single and introduces their coming ten-song LP, Shadow of Life, arriving May 1st, 2020 through Deathwish.

The newfangled group borrows its name from the Georg Heym poem of the same name from 1913. Jacob Bannon comments: "After reading the piece from Heym, I immediately felt connected to it. Later, while working on the previous Wear Your Wounds album, my love for Death Metal was rekindled. This was likely a reaction to working on non-aggressive music for such a concentrated period. As these songs started to form, the ominous nature of that original poem came to mind. In many ways it embodied the character of what we were all creating together. For me, Umbra Vitae is darkly confrontational and my own internal struggles are nested within each song. At this point in my life it is of the utmost importance to use this art and music as the vehicle for a healthy purge of emotion. By design, even in something this intense, there is righteous intent to be a better human through the process of creating it."

Shadow of Life was recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, with guitars and bass recorded by McKenzie at The Black Coast.




 

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