A song which rears its ugly head out from the mundane and deservedly grabs your attention by the scruff of the neck
Within a heartbeat, Hang The Predator has you cloaked in fog, walking through dimly lit city streets on a bitterly cold winter’s night. You keep glancing over your shoulder, positive you heard echoic footsteps behind you, even a shadow creeping eerily out of sight every now and then – or so your terrified brain convinces you so. It makes your skin crawl at the mere thought of it.
It takes a special song to embed such vivid imagery within your imagination, especially at such a pace as this. The lead single from their forthcoming new album, Children of the Drones, Hang The Predator is a clarion call for all fans of dark, atmospheric grunge by the likes of Alice In Chains and horror-tinged rock n’ roll a la Alice Cooper.
“The chorus hammers home their Alice In Chains similarities like a stake into the heart of a villainous vampire.”
A reverb-soaked, grinding riff trickles like tar from their darkness enshrouded city streets sound. The drums slow but menacing, like a death march, with layered guitars icing the song with a prickling touch. Venrez’s vocals themselves are snarling, his surely blade sharp canines piercing into your head as he spits his lines. And the chorus; syncopated, bend heavy guitar work and singing hammers home their Alice In Chains similarities like a stake into the heart of a villainous vampire. The melodies and hooks at play here are deadly, infectious and highly impressive; it’s a song which rears its ugly head out from the mundane and deservedly grabs your attention by the scruff of the neck.
The single’s accompanying video is directed by a certain Christopher Coppola, nephew to director of The Godfather Trilogy, Francis Ford Coppola. While the images that Christopher Coppola has created for this video in no way reflect my own deluded imaginings, it serves as a testament to the powerful imagery that this song has – no matter what images do indeed crawl into your headspace, be sure to know they are going to be sickeningly strong.
“We had actually lost the lyrics to this song,” tells vocalist Venrez, after whom the band is named. “Our guitarist Jason Womack was about to trash an old cell phone, and before he did, he checked it and found these lyrics I wrote and had texted to him. For some reason, that was the only time I forgot to e-mail it to myself to save it. Funny that it ended up being our lead single for the new album, as the song nearly didn’t see the light of day. But now it’s one of our favourites from the Children of the Drones.”
Words: Phil Weller
Hang The Predator is now available on iTunes.
Children Of The Drones is released 24th April 2015 via Monarch Music Group.
The band have two local dates this weekend
6th – BOLTON – Railway Venue
7th – MANCHESTER – Bangkok Bar