Canadian progressive/power death metal act Valyria teamed up with Metal Rules for the premiere of the new single "The Crossing" over here, but you can just check it out in the player above. The song is lifted from the new EP "Into the Dying Of Time," which will be issued on May 18th.
With the world becoming a darker place by the day, we need more metal bands that deal in Realistic Escapism; that is escapism that draws from events in the real world (see Joseph Campbell’s seminal ‘Hero With A Thousand Faces’ for more) and helps the listeners cope heroically with their own daily battles. The aural equivalent of the work of George R.R. Martin!
On "The Crossing" the band commented: "'The Crossing' is the most succinct example of our sound – equal parts djent, death and power metal, with even a tiny hint of skate punk. This song is filled with glittering keyboard and guitar melodies, brutal chugging, and soaring vocal harmonies, surrounding a lush clean section that builds up into trade-off solos book ending the album’s heaviest breakdown. 'The Crossing' is based on Haruki Murakami’s novel ‘Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World’, an existential cyberpunk odyssey that sees our protagonist confront and cross through his own demise and live on in the world of dreams."
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. The Final Empire (Intro) 2. Steel Inquisition (song streaming here) 3. Tome of Shattered Vessels 4. Of Sky and Sea
5. The Crossing 6. Floating World 7. Into the Dying of Time (Outro)