Hardcore metal band Fire From the Gods has released their Ramon Boutviseth-directed music for “The Voiceless” — which is not a reference to the “reality” singing show. Produced by Jonathan Davis (Korn) and sounding a bit like Killswitch Engage, “The Voiceless” is off of their upcoming full-length album, Narrative Retold, due out May 19th, via Rise Records. Have a listen and check out the video in the player off to the side.
Although “The Voiceless” is the latest release, previously released track “Excuse Me” might actually be the superior track. Check it out below. But first, vocalist AJ Channer commented on “The Voiceless”:
‘The Voiceless’ is referring to the callousness of society. This generation is exposed to so many shocking and graphic events. No one seems to bat an eye. There is no compassion or care for one’s fellow man. Violence towards each other is a normal occurrence factored into our lives these days. Speaking up about it is nothing new, but it needs to be said. Yes, the world will keep spinning, and life does go on, but we need to slow down and smell the fucking roses once in awhile.
About Fire From the Gods:
Heavy music deserves a heavier message. That’s what Fire From the Gods deliver on their second full-length album and first for Rise Records, Narrative Retold. Speaking from a platform cast inpower, hip-hop consciousness, and even a little reggae spirit, the Austin, Texas, quintet — AJ Channer (vocals), Jameson Teat (guitar), Drew Walker (guitar), Bonner Baker (bass), and Richard Wicander (drums) —- urge for change through conveying a story that’s both personal and universal.
That story stems directly from AJ’s life. Born in the Bronx to a single mother of Jamaican descent, he spent his childhood moving between London, New York City, Los Angeles, Norfolk, and even Ghana where he attended middle school. Drawing from this diverse experience, he speaks with unmitigated honesty about the state of the world. AJ commented further on the album:
This album is the personal narrative of a minority man living in major cities and being American. There’s a socio-economic theme throughout the whole record that carries from each song to song. It’s all about the underdog. We’ve all had to fight for everything we have in this band. The political climate in our country is quite racially and socially charged. There are a lot of issues and energy people are expressing along with misguided hate and anger. I want to channel this in music that can resonate. This is where we come from and who we are as a band.
In order to properly capture this vision, the boys retreated to House of Loud Studios in New Jersey to record with David Bendeth (Paramore, Of Mice & Men, Breaking Benjamin). They spent a month in the winter of 2016 tracking what would become Narrative Retold.
“There’s no crying in Bendeth’s dojo,” laughs AJ. “He really pushed us, and we grew in a short period of time. The band takes on a life of its own with this record.”
Fire From the Gods have quietly built a rabid fan base through tireless touring across the United States. They’ve shared national bills with the likes of August Burns Red and festival stages alongside Slipknot, Bring Me the Horizon, Judas Priest, Killswitch Engage, and more at Knotfest two years in a row and with Motionless in White and Underoath at South by So What. Now, their Narrative Retold is on display in 2016.
“I want people to feel empowered when they listen to this record,” AJ leaves off. “Come out of the experience knowing somebody thinks like you. You’re not alone.”
Rock Hard \m/