Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
Los Angeles-based metallers Winds Of Plague are revealing the details of their upcoming full-length album release, ‘Blood Of My Enemy‘. The follow-up to the widely celebrated 2013 Resistance LP will be issued via Entertainment One Music (eOne) / Good Fight Music on October 27th.
Winds Of Plague have also debuted an all-new music video for their brand new track, “Never Alone”. Directed by Orie McGinness, this is the first bit of music we’re hearing from the band from their upcoming LP. Watch the video below.
“’Never Alone’ was actually one of the first songs written for this record and immediately became the balance point for the remaining songs that were to be written,” says vocalist Johnny Plague. “It’s not the heaviest song of the record and it isn’t the most melodic song of the record. I wanted this to be the first taste of the new album because I feel it best represents the new music showcasing both the dark symphonic arrangements and the vast range of vocal styles used on the record.
“I have always used WOP music videos as an opportunity to create cinematic shorts. ‘Never Alone’ is no different. We partnered with Enlighten Creative Studio’s to tell the story of a misunderstood woman who has harnessed her inner demons to her advantage. I design and produce haunted attractions for my career so it’s always fun when I can bring my two worlds together to create these videos.”
Johnny continues, “Over a year ago I started making weekly trips up to a small apartment in North Hollywood on my days off to work on music for WOP with Noah Sebastian from Bad Omens. It was strange at first since past WOP records were worked on in larger recording studio’s or rehearsal spaces and now here I am sitting on the floor of this bedroom working on record number six.“
“Although it was different and humbling it proved to be the unedited creative environment we needed for this record. We had no time limits, no ‘suits’ giving their input. It was just a few friends sitting in a room together, having a good time creating music. Something I haven’t been able to experience in a very long time. Sometimes to move forward you have to take a few steps back. I can confidently say this is the most satisfied I have been with a WOP record. I feel producer’s Noah Sebastian and Joakim Karlsson have helped us to further develop our unique approach to symphonic deathcore with distinct epic orchestral backed chorus’s walking the fine line of brutal and melodic.”
Johnny also reveals the band teamed up with artist Pär Olofsson to create the stunning cover art:
“Blood Of My Enemy takes us back to the iconic samurai theme. The imagery is inspired by a lyric from the title track ‘I will give my life on the battlefield, drowning in the blood of my enemy’ Which represents to me a ‘I will fight to the end’ state of mind. Pär Olofsson brilliantly portrays the aftermath of an epic war showing an almost celestial spark of life amongst the carnage.“
“A New Day”
“Kings Of Carnage”
“From Failure, Comes Clarity”
“Blood Of My Enemy”
“Either Way You Lose”
“A Walk Among The Dead”
In Winds Of Plague-related news, the band will join (on select dates) Upon A Burning Body, Slaughter To Prevail, and Prison as support for Suicide Silence on their upcoming 10 Year Anniversary Of The Cleansing Tour.
You can find all imminent Winds Of Plague live dates here.