Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway
TRONOS is the name of the new United Kingdom-based outfit featuring Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Lock Up, Brujeria) on guitar and vocals, Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth, Soilwork) on drums, and producer Russ Russell (At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) on guitar/ vocals/ synths.
This intriguing roster of players will release their début album, ‘Celestial Mechanics‘, on April 12th via Century Media Records. The trio recently unveiled the album details and today, they share the official video for the song “Judas Cradle“, the second single to surface from the album. The video was created by Khaled Lowe, Sam Edwards, and Caleb Carney for A-Side Films.
TRONOS commented on the song, offering the following:
“‘Judas Cradle’ is our second single and shows more of the epic side of the album, It’s a real journey into our musical trip. we really let loose on this one. Although on the surface the story is set in fantasy, lyrically it draws a strong parallel to the struggles of mankind living on this dying planet. It may appear very dark and depressing…but stick with it, there’s light and hope for us all!”
About the creation of the video, the band continued:
“The video for ‘Judas Cradle’ is a tormented and twisted journey through the many levels of hell of a man trapped in his own mind. We had strong visions of the kind of feeling we wanted to convey and the type of mind-blowing visual extravaganza we felt such a song required. And filmmakers Khaled Lowe, Sam Edwards as well as Caleb Carney have done an incredible job of capturing our tortured imaginations.”
Shane Embury is no stranger to participation within incredible projects and bands. Outside of Napalm Death, he has been part of such significant ones as Blood Of The Soul with Sick Of It All’s Lou Koller, Meathook Seed with Obituary’s Trevor Peres and Donald Tardy, and Malformed Earthborn with Dan Lilker of Nuclear Assault and Brutal Truth, to name a few. He later reunited with Lilker (replacing Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne) in the band Venomous Concept, a punk band Embury formed with Lilker’s Brutal Truth bandmate Kevin Sharp and fellow Napalm Death member Danny Herrera.
TRONOS also boasts an impressive cast of illustrious guest collaborators, they include Denis “Snake” Belanger (Voivod; vocals), Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff; vocals and violin), and three legendary bass players, Billy Gould (Faith No More), Troy Sanders (Mastodon, Killer Be Killed) and once again, the returning Dan Lilker.
‘Celestial Mechanics‘ was mixed by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Ulver, Paradise Lost), as well as Russ Russell. It has ten songs – nine originals, plus a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Johnny Blade” – of experimental metal rife with thrash, doom, and industrial components. The atmospherically austere “Judas Cradle” video is streaming below, along with the previously shared audio track “Birth Womb“, featuring the vocals of Denis “Snake” Belanger.
01. Walk Among The Dead Things
02. Judas Cradle
03. The Ancient Deceit
04. The Past Will Wither And Die
05. A Treaty With Reality
06. Voyeurs Of Nature’s Tragedies
07. Birth Womb
09. Beyond The Stream Of Consciousness
10. Johnny Blade (Black Sabbath cover)