Today, HM is proud to partner with deathcore band Scylla on the release of the first single from their upcoming EP, Distances. The band, hailing from Phoenix, AZ, teamed up with Tom Barber of Lorna Shore on the track, a progressive and (most certainly) heavy jammer about some of the very real and very harsh realities of addiction.

“This song is about a struggle with a vice, be it physical or mental,” guitarist Rueben Daniel told HM. “We’ve known people to have issues with overcoming an oppressive entity. It’s about the descent into a dark time and place and the struggle of setting yourself free. Tom’s voice was a perfect  conduit to help relay such a message. Plus, he is an incredible vocalist.”

Vocalist Keenan Farris spoke with us a little more directly about the nature of the lyrics:

“Descent was written to represent a downfall of mankind. It is probably the ‘darkest’ song on the EP. When writing the lyrics, I started with an idea of something that has taken over humanity; I decided to go with addiction. It’s based on addiction to anything, drugs, alcohol, pornography, television — anything. I started to get sick of hearing songs that don’t show the harsh reality of addiction, so I wrote this song to show a harsh reality.”

“Descent is the best track on the EP for two reasons: One, Tom Barber, and two, cowbell,” drummer Hamilton Door said. “We are extremely lucky to have Tom on the track with us. He has some of the craziest lows in the game right now, and he is a super chill dude.  Also, who doesn’t like a little cowbell action?” Guitarist Fidel echoed the same sentiment. “We chose this song to feature Tom Barber because it’s our heaviest track on the new EP. His vocal style really added a sinister and haunting touch which complimented to the atmosphere of the track and lyrics. This song, as well as the rest of the EP, will definitely showcase a more mature and darker Scylla, which I hope the fans will enjoy.”


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