Baltimore metalcore act Void of Kings is ramping up to release their debut album Stand Against The Storm next month, and to do so they’ve shared this clip for lead single “Foreverwar”. The album was recorded at Salad Days Studio in Baltimore with producer Will Beasley, and follows up their 2011 EP If Ever Hades Spoke. The straightforward clip features the band performing the song in a blacked-out basement, a setting that will be familiar to anyone who spent any time in the DIY hardcore and punk scene they sprang from. Each member gets a moment to shine, from guitarists Dan Maloney and Grant Rizzi to drummer Jake Livingston. While bassist Nick Richards’ clean vocals are excellent, frontman Brian Behm’s impassioned proclamations are the most memorable bits of the song, especially midway through when the instrumentation strips down to just the drums and his screaming: “And if there is a soul tied to the heart of man, would you not want to live to understand?” Perhaps appropriately for a band so focused on their message, the lyrics for the entire album are already up on their website, along with the pre-order for the CD. “Foreverwar” particularly reads like a mission statement as much as a song, touching on fracking, mountaintop removal, and war in five short minutes that also manage to include punishing rhythms and crunchy guitar solos. The nonlinear song structure evolves evocatively throughout, building and releasing tension in tandem with the lyrics’ philosophical musings. This is high-minded hardcore from a band with serious potential. Keep an eye out for that debut album!
By Dave Fox | Philadelphia Ambassador | @philosofoxthedj | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC