“The riffing jolts, swirls, and blazes, and the music soars to extravagant heart-pounding heights, while the vocals themselves burn with unbridled passion… The song’s melodies and vocal expressions seem in line with the song’s lyrical conception. Even at the zeniths of intensity, they seem to combine sorrow with resilience, both wistfulness and a drive to fight…” — No Clean Singing
INVICTUS, the new solo project led by Maurizio Iacono, today unveils a lyric video for “Bleed Me Out.” Currently playing courtesy of No Clean Singing, the band’s latest single comes off their debut full-length, Unstoppable, set for release on October 21st via MNRK Heavy
Comments Iacono of the track, “‘Bleed Me Out’ is a song that deals with reopening old life wounds over and over and not being able to close them up. Eventually those turn into scars. I got plenty of them battle scars in my life time; the important thing is to keep moving forward. That’s ultimately the message behind this song, a diverse track musically that has enormous hooks. It’s one of my faves on the album.”
Writes No Clean Singing in part, “The riffing jolts, swirls, and blazes, and the music soars to extravagant heart-pounding heights, while the vocals themselves burn with unbridled passion, and they soar too, in spine-tingling fashion. There may not be blast-beat fusillades in the song, but the rhythm section still punch damned hard. The song’s melodies and vocal expressions seem in line with the song’s lyrical conception. Even at the zeniths of intensity, they seem to combine sorrow with resilience, both wistfulness and a drive to fight, and the brief but surprising softer moments in the track underscore the melancholy that’s there even behind the audio novas in the song…”
Watch “Bleed Me Out” at No Clean Singing HERE.
Unstoppable will be released on CD, LP, cassette, and digitally. Find preorders HERE.
Well-respected as the singer of Kataklysm and Ex Deo, head of Hard Impact Artist Management, founder of Distortion Music Group, and co-owner of hard-and-heavy booking agency Continental Touring, Iacono delivers dynamic new layers of heaviness and melody with his latest creative vehicle. Conceived as an unflinching examination of fury and determination, INVICTUS explores the depths of struggle, frustration, and perseverance that shaped Iacono into the man he is today. A Latin epithet for various Roman deities, “Invictus” translates to “unconquered” or “invincible,” a theme put forward throughout Iacono’s latest output.
Indeed, the eleven songs that make up Unstoppable offer an unflinching view of an unbreakable spirit, examined through the lens of ambitious, unapologetic heavy music. Iacono executed his vision alongside longtime collaborator J-F Dagenais (guitarist for Kataklysm and Ex Deo) and producer/main songwriter Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within). Powerhouse drummer Jeramie Kling (Venom Inc., Inhuman Condition) rounded out the record with a blistering performance. Iacono got to know Clancy, who often works alongside Colin Richardson and Andy Sneap, while making Kataklysm’s fourteenth album, 2020’s Unconquered.
Lyrically, the singer reached further inward for INVICTUS, summoning a fearless power destined to provoke and inspire those disenfranchised by modern times. “It’s a record about everyday struggle because I’ve always been a fighter,” Iacono reasons. “It’s about the emotional impact of everything happening in our world, which inspired this anger in me and a need to express the importance of standing for what we know is true in our hearts. It’s a hybrid between that and revisiting things from my childhood that built me as a person.”
“Occupying a similar sonic space to Kataklysm on the new song, INVICTUS dig into exactly four minutes of fist-pumping, anthemic death metal.” – MetalSucks on “Get Up”
“If you’ve been in the mood for something that’ll kick your ass right into gear, then you’re going to dig the relentlessly driving nature of ‘Exiled.’ Because let’s face it – what else did you expect from Iacono?” – Metal Injection