Latest news: Tue, Jul 01 2014, MENACE
MENACE, the musically many-faceted brainchild of NAPALM DEATH axeman Mitch Harris, is premiering a new video featuring a track taken from their album 'Impact Velocity'. The stunning animated clip for the song "Drowning in Density" is now streaming via the following official media partners:
Mitch comments on the clip and song:
"This week MENACE release their fourth intriguing video 'Drowning in Density' from the controversial album 'Impact Velocity' (winner of REVOLVER album of the week March 2014). The video is one of a series of Audio Installations (A.I.) compiled by aspiring fans through the use of social media networks.
"In this video, 'Drowning In Density' is the emotional soundtrack for a touching story about living the psychological aftermath of the world collapsing in a personal sense. The epic theatrical classic rock feel of the music is complemented by the emotional poetry and anthemic melodic vocals of Cygnus, taking artistic intent and heartfelt concepts into unexplored territory. The hypnotic rhythms of Samarost, and the classical orchestral strings of Radix add classical elements to linear structures of the composition. The innovative yet commanding guitars of Synergus expose the obscure, and the subsonic layering of pulses from Serpens and Erebus enhance the atmosphere to reinforce the growth through metamorphosis.
"The installation is an experiment combining music and visuals as an interactive medium that generates a feeling presented and understood in a universal sense through vibration and frequency. Combining the senses through visuals and storyboards enhances the senses increasing the power and depth of the underlying message.
"We all experience trauma from different perspectives and experience life from one angle. Through our own imaginary views of reality, we differentiate between the NOW, past and future. This stimulates a positive change through rationalisation and putting thoughts in motion. Animation through thought reflection is one way of putting things into perspective, changing the outcome, initiating change, enabling one to overcome life’s trials and tribulations through thought projection."
MENACE are in the process of confirming a series of live performances for later this year, as well as securing festival appearances next summer. Tour dates will be announced soon.
'Impact Velocity' features contributions from Derek Roddy (drums), Fred Leclercq (bass), Nicola Manzan (violin, cello, viola), Shane Embury (bass), and Russ Russell (producer and navigator of paradoxology). The album is available as a limited edition Digipak with bonus track on the Season of Mist shop.
Here are the cover artwork and track listing:
MENACE are the brainchild of Mitch Harris (NAPALM DEATH, MEATHOOK SEED). "The band is called MENACE, but to me, it is more than just a band or a solo project", comments the musician. "It is the result of my life's work." Not surprisingly regarding such an adventurous and prolific musician, the result is stunningly eclectic and absolutely unique. Within their driving, creative heavy rock or audio-installationism (A.I.) in the artist's own words, Harris and MENACE explore dissonance, melody, relating the width and breadth of human emotion and experience. This delicious musical cocktail contains many tasty ingredients ranging from the mystery and emotionality of TOOL to eccentric VOIVOD and even delivering thrashy riffs. Yet none of these comparisons and labels fully fit as MENACE always add their own twist finding a new way of expression. Tracks such as "I Live With Your Ghost" and "Painted Rust" are infectious anthems both personal and obscure; distilling and amplifying the sum of Harris' experiences from good to tragic and all in between. "MENACE bring unrealised dreams closer to fruition", he adds. "It is about overcoming loss and hardship, and a combination of my many interests." ‘Impact Velocity’ is not just an outstanding collection of modern heavy rock, but comes equally as a challenge and with a surprisingly broad appeal. Expect the unexpected!
|Mitch Harris||Guitars, vocals, synths|
|Nicola Manzan||Violin, cello, viola|
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