Hostile Array, formerly known as My Ransomed Soul, is proud to present their debut single, “Herd Instinct,” the band’s cautionary tale of blind patriotism and radical nationalism in the United States. The Maryland-based metalcore quintet released Trilateral as MRS in 2015, and have since switched names and gained a focus on razor-sharp supplemental melodies among beat downs and crushing grooves.

We spoke to the band about the new track:

“If we lose our principles, our nation has no value. We have lost our sense of what it means to have true freedom. If you protest the system or the powers that be, people often claim that you’re ‘anti-American.’ In my opinion, dissent is one of the highest forms of patriotism.”

The band features two brothers, Brendan and Garrison Frey, who have been playing together for over a decade. As the band’s sound transformed, they felt it best for a name change. “After 10 years, we were ready for something new,” Brendan told The Prelude Press. “Our desires have changed a lot since we first started playing music, so it just felt right.”