The Descent of the Archangel sounds like the kind of apocalyptic event that should lead have us all locking our doors, sealing the windows and hiding away below ground for as long as possible. And the need to bury ourselves away becomes even more apparent when we learn that the Missouri trio’s latest track is entitled Massacre of the Innocents.
Fear not though, as mythology teaches us that the Archangel fights alongside those who defend the truth and comes to Earth to bring about the end of pain and chaos.
Whether such a being exists, we highly doubt, and the band aren’t really out on a mission to slaughter all your children (we think…). All we do know is that the band offer up a seriously heavy fusion of nu-metal and nu-metalcore, alternative metal, thrash and djent.
We took a listen to Massacre of the Innocents, which is about the state of mental health in the US and was released in January. It starts off with eerie high-pitched notes over the sound of rainfall, then a huge barrage of wild vocals “Running from my demons, I can’t quit, They will never stop hunting, I will never be safe,” over chugging guitar chords.
Booming guitars kick in under a more melodic chorus supported by creepy backing synths, then terrifying screamed vocals take over alongside really cool darting guitars. The heaviness continues all the way through to an outro of delicious strings. Check it out in the video below:
We get another insight into the band’s intriguing mix of metal styles on last year’s single Progressive Deception, which opens up with big screamed vocals over a cool darting guitar riff and pounding cymbals.
It suddenly drops into clean vocals over a light guitar lick, then explodes into big screams of “Go back home they need you, Go back home they miss you,” which end on big djenty guitars. The track ends on huge screams alongside big booming guitars then diving djenty guitars and guttural screams bring it to a heavy conclusion. Give it a listen below:
We had a chat with frontman Prevail to find out more about the band. Read on below…
Who are Descent of the Archangel?
Prevail: “Descent of the Archangel is a three-piece band from the middle of Missouri. Mixer Mike and I are brothers and have always been interested in music. X-47 is a drummer we just happened to find online and has been instrumental to where this band is right now.”
GR: You sent us Massacre of the Innocents. Great song name! What should people be expecting from it?
Prevail: “To simply put it, I think people should expect to hear a story. I wrote the song from the perspective of the protagonist running, fighting, reasoning with his demons/anxiety. Then on the bridge/chorus/outro I change it to the perspective of the demons chasing the protagonist.
“What inspired writing this song was the mental health crisis in America; the real Massacre of the Innocents. I tried to take a viewpoint of a person that is fighting with their inner demons and personify the thoughts/demons that are plaguing that person.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Prevail: “I think it is hard to describe what we sound like. There really is no pointing to a genre and saying, ‘Yup that is X.’ Probably would say that it is like metalcore but has some elements of old metal, deathcore, and alternative rock.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Prevail :”What influences me is that I just want to make music from the heart and share it out to the world and hope that other people like it or can identify with it. I would say some common themes when I write is overcoming struggle and the hardships we all face. Like in our song Martydom just ‘Never give in.’ Keeping moving forward.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
Prevail: “Mudvayne. Almost solely on their album L.D. 50. That album is so authentic; it really inspires me every time I listen to it. You have one of the best bassists in the world backing up Chad Gray’s psychotic lyrics, it really is an awesome experience. If you look up their song Nothing To Gein live. It is really a performance I want to emulate.
“Vocally, I would say the biggest influence, for me, would be Asking Alexandria and The Devil Wears Prada. When I first heard the lows/highs of Danny Worsnop in Stand Up and Scream/Reckless and Relentless I was stunned. Before that I was just listening to Disturbed and a lot of mainstream metal so I hadn’t heard that style before. Then I heard Mike Hranica in Dez Moines and went….’huh that’s badass.’ So when I started to learn to scream; I used those two as templates for a low and high sound scream.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
Prevail: “We have some new songs coming out this year. On March 20th we are releasing a cover of The Devil Wears Prada’s song Kansas. On May 22nd we are releasing a new song titled Once More with Feeling. On July 3rd we are releasing the song Agitprop.