PREMIERE: BLINDWOLF UNLEASH NEW SINGLE “REVIVAL” FEATURING RORY RODRIGUEZ OF DAYSEEKER
Orange County’s newest metalcore act, blindwolf, return with the release of their second single, “Revival (Ft. Rory Rodriguez)”.
The song, titled after their forthcoming debut EP, is an incarnation of unbarred aggression, unleashing three minutes of hellish fury upon listeners as soon as they press play. If you’ve never heard of blindwolf prior to now, we’ve got you covered.
Circumventing obstacles to create something memorable is part of the Anaheim trio’s mission. “In many ways, blindwolf is creating a form of revival for us,” they reveal. To the band, the word “revival” implies breathing new life into the driving forces they were founded on: passion, optimism, and the collective desire to explore creativity without limitation.
Excitement steadily burns in the heart of each member as they hope their sound strikes listeners in a way that builds anticipation for future performances. Alongside the production talents of Distinguisher’s Josh Bearden and long-time friend Cameron Rae, using the world’s dismal and unpredictable state as a vehicle for musicianship ultimately helped blindwolf persist through the EP’s writing and recording process.
Maniacal percussion, bruising riffs, and menacing guttural screams help curate the title track’s demonic aura. The music video shows footage of the band performing the song, this time, in a more traditional setting as vocalist Nathan Mead descends into a darker corner of his mind.
Flashes of flames, shadows, and a red room depicting Mead struggling to break free from a chain he’s bound by illustrate the anger seething in his lyricism. Here, feelings of renewal come with sadistic afterthought. Lines like “I built myself back up, I hope you feel it crushing down on you,” ask karma to resolve damaging and draining hardships, while “you’ll be okay in hell, you can just stay down there,” is as vengeful as it is complacent.
You’re potentially asking why blindwolf chose to lend a part of “Revival” to a second voice. Mead sought out a storyteller to deliver the climactic element that ties the song together; the result was a collaboration with long time friend and Dayseeker frontman, Rory Rodriguez. Arguably known for his open approach to emotionally-heavy topics, Rodriguez continues to demonstrate his versatility as an artist in the song’s melodic bridge.
When asked about the artists who’ve been the most inspiring and impactful to blindwolf, guitarist Minju Bum cites his appreciation for bands whose energy translates best through minimalism— in other words, “bands who can do more with less”— throwing the notion that noteworthy music is solely defined by technical intricacies and complexities to the wind.
Avid listeners of heavy rock, metalcore, and the in-between will find themselves enthused to hear an up-and-coming artist like blindwolf channeling the spirit of household heavy music names like Norma Jean and He Is Legend while continuing to foster a sense of relatability through their prevalent lyrical themes.
The ‘Revival’ EP is slated to release on March 1.
Stream and watch the music video for “Revival (ft. Rory Rodriguez)” below.