Umbra Vitae: Belief Is Obsolete

Umbra Vitae, the formidable modern metal supergrounp comprising Jacob Bannon (Converge), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed), Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord), Jon Rice (Uncle Acid, Tsjuder), and Greg Weeks (The Red Chord), have unveiled details about their second album, Light Of Death. Scheduled for release on June 7th, 2024, through Deathwish Inc., the album was recorded at God City Studios by Kurt Ballou and Zach Weeks, with mastering by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.

Remaining committed to their intense style, Umbra Vitae also reveal the hard hitting single, Belief Is Obsolete, the first taste off the impending album.

Umbra Vitae's Sean Martin comments on Belief Is Obsolete: "This song came from a demo I recorded at ye olde home studio although, as with all of the songs on this record, we managed to make it sound even more disgusting in the best possible way! I like Swedish Death Metal and Thrash, can you tell?  Big, mean, hairy end riff to carry you out.

Jacob Bannon continues: "Musically, 'Belief Is Obsolete' is signature Sean Martin Bay Area Thrash worship. The performances from all of us on this one are completely redlined from beginning to end. Lyrically I explore the idea that 'belief' in the traditional sense is obsolete in the modern age we live in. It is abused as a shield and weapon socially, politically, and spiritually, ultimately becoming a burden for all.

Greg Weeks adds: "One of the great perks of being in this band is that at any moment there could be a crushing song written by Sean Martin in a google drive that you have access to that very few people do. This  is an example of such a song. Hard hitting and riff heavy Belief is Obsolete gets me juiced!"

Guitarist Mike McKenzie concludes, expressing that the track "... has a pretty meaty ending with an over the top lead in to a big riff that is incredibly fun to play. I can't wait to play this song live.

Photo by Hillarie Jason

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