New Band of the Week: Addison Lane

When asked how to describe their sound London-based newcomers Addison Lane bluntly retort “this will destroy you.” So don’t let their claim that their second single is their “slow and heavy” effort fool you into thinking that this is anything other than brilliantly brutal progressive metalcore.

Having originally formed in France, the five-piece quickly upped roots to London to hone their bone-crushingly heavy sound and, in their words, “attempt to find greater musicians.” They released debut single Shinkiro in June and should be releasing their debut album early next year.

And the latest taste of their devastating offering is second single Welcome Home, which was released at the end of last month. Just crank it up loud and prepare for yourself for an absolutely brutal assault on your musical senses.

Welcome Home instantly sucks us in with huge booming low-tuned guitars answered by piercing high-pitched guitar under huge screamed vocals. Booming guitars kick in alongside intense drums, with synth sliding in underneath, before dropping into more laid-back instrumentals and clean vocals.

The booming opening guitar riff returns and gives way to a big guitar solo over djenty guitar support. That drops into a savage low-tuned blast of guitars that is so heavy that, when I heard it for the first time, I took a deep breath and said “Oh fuck.” Driving low-tuned guitars take over with screamed vocals before a pause for breath with light instrumentals that gradually build up under clean vocals. Check it out in the video below:

On the track, the band tell us: “Once the majority of the writing period for the album was done, we kind of realised that we were missing that one ‘slow and heavy’ song. As a result, Welcome Home was born. It is hard to pinpoint the specific inspiration behind the song as our music writing process is very natural. Someone picks up a guitar or sits in front of a keyboard and either it happens or it doesn’t. Welcome Home was actually a really easy and organic song to write.”

We also took a listen to Shinkiro, which goes even harder and heavier, and of course faster. It opens up with a deliciously heavy, low-tuned opening riff that drops into light clean vocals, only to rip us a new one with a savage blitz of wild guitars and drums. A big atmospheric chorus follows with booming guitars in support. Check it out below:

Musically, the most obvious comparison to make is that of fellow British hard-hitters Architects. And the band tell us their shared influences range from the thrash metal of Strapping Young Lad and Metallica, onto metalcore and djent of Architects and Void of Vision, through to fusion like Frank Gambale and Rick Graham.

As they explain: “Each band member brings in a unique flavour of music taste. Having said that, in terms of the band sound, certain commonalities can be identified. The ‘wall of sound’ concept that Devin Townsend is known for is hugely inspirational. The idea of multitracking in a controlled manner always appealed to us. If we needed to source the post-rock style ambiences, we would point out to ‘this will destroy you.’

“Finally, we absolutely need to mention the pioneers from Meshuggah and Periphery or the low tuned polyrhythmic aspect of the band.”

And on the Addison Lane sound, they tell us: “Atmospheric is the best way to describe our sound. We’re a metal band, we’re heavy, but none of us have any interest in just being another ‘chuggah chugg’ band. We always try to look for this extra edge to make songs more interesting. At the end of the day, we think that the melancholic quality is the most important aspect to our music. At least for now.

“Much like the instrumentation, the lyrics writing process tends to flow naturally. More often than not, it begins with a single improvised vocal idea. It can be a melody, a sound, a certain rhythmic pattern. The idea is then developed until a particular line comes out and sticks with us. And from that point on it’s just a question of developing that initial emotion – be it our political views or a personal issue.”

Addison Lane’s metalcore sound is intensely heavy yet atmospheric, with their heavy djenty guitars met by soaring synths and the occasional delightful moment of melody. Your run of the mill metal band this certainly is not, and they are very much ones to keep an eye on ahead of their debut album next year.

You can follow Addison Lane on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their music on Spotify and YouTube.

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