TOM MCKAY has released a new single featuring LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT called “The Benighted One”. The song is from his upcoming album Call To The Dæmon Sultan which will be released on February 18th.
“The Benighted One deals with isolation. Specifically distancing yourself from those around you, eventually finding yourself all alone with nobody to hear your screams. Given the subject matter, bringing on another voice could seem counter intuitive (how can you be alone if it’s not just you, amirite?), but at the same time Lindsay’s beautiful ethereal voice adds a bit of calm to those desolate thoughts, a smooth and gorgeous texture I didn’t even plan on when I asked her to sing on the song. Needless to say, the song turned out better than I could’ve ever dreamed of, and I was so happy to have her and her amazing talent bring so much to the song, more than can even be heard at a first listen.”
Lindsay further comments:
“Tom’s work is epic, thoughtful, groovy, well composed, and has something to offer every metal fan. The Benighted One is a sorrowful journey through a world that could be of our own or another world entirely. Absolutely worth checking out.”
TOM MCKAY delves into the realms of idolism, isolation, mental illness, existentialism with his new album Call To The Dæmon Sultan. His heaviest release so far, the new album also features special guests NATHAN GROSS and LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT.
“I’ve been meaning to put together a collection of songs for some time, but up until now have never had enough material I was proud of to do so. Now, after a year of writing, recording and writing again, my debut EP has brought forth the heaviest songs I’ve ever written, both musically and emotionally. Allow me to take you on a deep dive into how I view the world and myself through 3 songs of teeth cutting vocals, playful riffs and melodies, and soaring orchestral work. He awaits at the edge of time, for the Dæmon Sultan is benign, but ever present”
From the dramatic orchestration of “Call To The Dæmon Sultan” to the demonic heaviness of “The Benighted One”, the record delivers an array of dramatic soundscapes. The ethereal qualities interweave among the metal instrumentation enhancing the overall sound with powerful impact. TOM’s clean and harsh vocals complement the numerous musical styles throughout adapting aptly to the mood of each track. LINDSAY’S vocals emerge to offer an extra dimension in the final track, enhancing the dynamic narrative themes.
Call To The Dæmon Sultan descends into the dark underworld but also offers a tantalising glimpse of light. Each track enters a different realm with its own distinctive atmosphere, while remaining cohesive as an overall listening experience.
Written/Programmed by: TOM MCKAY
Recorded by: TOM MCKAY
Mixed/Mastered: TOM MCKAY
- Call To The Dæmon Sultan (1:25)
- Dishonoured King (5:25)
- Faith In The Faceless (6:16)
- The Benighted One (feat. LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT) (8:54)