It’s been a massive day for Sydney metalcore titans Northlane who have today announced the imminent arrival of their fifth studio album, Alien.
The album, due to hit shelves on August 2nd, is set to be the band’s most personal statement to date. “I was raised in hell but I made it out,” Northlane frontman Marcus Bridge says in a statement. “Raised in a place I shouldn’t have been, and no child should have been. But I’ve been able to break free.
Alongside news of the album, they’ve just dropped their first single, Bloodline.
“Bloodline was one of the first songs that came about in the writing process for the album. When we were trying to decide what we wanted to write about, we decided early on that we wanted to keep the album pretty personal. I wanted to tell the stories of my upbringing and the ups and downs that come along with that.” says Bridge.
He adds, “It talks about that idea of growing up in a broken home despite all odds and what might be expected of someone who grows up like that. You are able to be what people think of you and break out of that spiral, that terrible world. For me, that’s a mix of telling the story simple, but then it also tells some parts of my story in really fine detail. For example, the second verse goes into a lot of moments that I actually remember growing up and these landmarks- all these things I remember seeing. This song is a perfect way to sum up the album and also be the first toe in the water to be able to tell this story.”
Check the video below, with creds to director Jason Eshraghian, who Northlane have been collaborating with since 2014.
For a band marking their 10th anniversary in 2019, Alien is a bold leap forward; the work of a group fighting their way out of their corner by moving forward rather than looking back. Their previous three albums may have debuted in the Top 5 in Australia – with Node landing at Number One before going on to win an ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album, an accolade also awarded to Mesmer – but Northlane are in no mood to play it safe.
Fans intrigued to see this new material live won’t have to wait too long, with the band also announcing they will embark on a national ‘Alien’ headline tour this October.
Catch them at 170 Russell, Melbourne – October 18. Tickets via northlaneband.com