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Michigan crossover death/thrash unit Plague Years will release their new ‘Circle of Darkness’ full-length records through Entertainment One on May 22nd (pre-order).
Additionally, the band have premiered (via Decibel) the video for new single “Play the Victim” (watch it below).
Regarding ‘Circle of Darkness’ and new single “Play the Victim,” guitarist Eric Lauder comments:
With this record I wanted to carve our own lane in metal. It’s darker, heavier, faster, and everyone crushed it from the performance to the production. This song is about that narcissistic person in everyone’s life. Someone who seems incredibly loyal but is just a shell of person filled with darkness. You show them the same loyalty, but they stab you in the back. Then when it comes time to confront them they manipulate the situation and ‘Play The Victim.’
Like contemporaries Power Trip, PLAGUE YEARS turn chugging into an art form, making simple stomps feel like genuine riffs. The chugs bookend a thrasher of a song, which blazes as often as much as it breaks it down. Vocalist Tim Engelhardt sounds somewhere between Max Cavalera and Jamey Jasta. The music is similarly right between the metal and hardcore worlds; you’ll almost surely be able to find either side if you’re listening for it.
Check out the album cover and track listing after the new clip.
Circle Of Darkness Track Listing:
1. Play The Victim
2. Witness Hell
3. Paradox Of Death
4. Eternal Fire
5. Circle Of Darkness
6. Evil One
9.World In Blood
10. Urge To Kill
Tim Engelhardt – vocals
Eric Lauder – guitar
Rian Staber – bass
Mike Jurysta – drums