Sydney’s Hardcore Heavyweights Arteries just dropped their sinister new offering ‘Under The Influence’ from their upcoming album ‘Outdoor Claustrophobic’ due for release on 16.04.2021. This bold release encapsulates the band’s unique syncopated instrumentation and modal choices that give rise to their signature raw and menacing soundscapes.
‘Under The Influence’ kicks off with a face-melting riff accentuated by a groove metal-esque drum and bass rhythm pattern that gets your first pumping. The verses strip right back to drum and bass passages interweaved with ominous synths but it’s Brendan Dafter vocals that send chills down your spine. ‘Under the Influence’ maintains raw intensity with the maelstrom of djent riffs, brutal breakdowns and magnetic vocals which evoke the polished ferociousness of extreme metal legendaries such as Meshuggah and The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Guitarist Braithe Selby explains “Under the influence has always been that song we always gravitate towards as a band. For us, it has everything, the hooks, the heavy and the epic. Early on in the writing process, ‘Under the Influence’ evolved into the template for the musical, thematic and overarching direction for producing the album ‘Outdoor Claustrophobic’ and is the feature track for the release. Expect more of a moody, mosh-driven and confrontational slice of arteries with this one. All in with bare blood-spattered skin for ‘Under the Influence'”
Frontman Brendan Dafter explains “We all play the social media game through self-promotion, for work or music, we’re all guilty of oversharing and spending too much time glued to apps, smartphones, and tablets. Influencers take it the next step by portraying perfect lives with perfect bodies which create unrealistic expectations and inadequacies about your own life or appearance. This song is about me just taking a stab at these people because as much as I dislike fakeness I hate myself more for not being able to switch off from these types. Like the car wreck that you can’t look away from, blurring the line between celebrity and reality. The dawn of a new religion, creating a cult-like following and we’re all drinking the cool-aid”
Following a successful release of their debut album ‘This Will Destroy Us’, the band shared stages with International Heavy Music Powerhouses such as Architects, Norma Jean, Raised Fist and Protest the Hero; Homegrown Heroes such as Northlane, King Parrot, Lo!, Totally Unicorn as well as securing regular slots at UNIFY Gathering, Dead of Winter and Halloween Hysteria. Coming off their well-received new single ‘Play Nice’ and with the release of Under The Influence’ and their upcoming album ‘Outdoor Claustrophobic’ out on 16.04.2021; the band is set to take over the Australian Heavy Music world and beyond!
The Album ‘Outdoor Claustrophobic’ is available to Preorder in both digital and physical