UNLEASH THE ARCHERS unveils epic 4rth single "Blood Empress" + new music video

  Van Muylem    11 mei 2024

Canadian modern power metal icons UNLEASH THE ARCHERS recently announced the upcoming release of their massive sixth studio album, Phantoma, out this Friday, May 10, 2024 via Napalm Records! Following their highly-acclaimed latest singles "Green & Glass"“Ghosts In The Mist” and “Seeking Vengeance”, today, the band ushers in release week with epic album closer anthem "Blood Empress". The track tells a bittersweet tale with spine-tingling, grooving choruses before closing with a grandiose blastbeat attack amid a sea of voices.

On the new concept album, listeners join protagonist Phantoma, a Phase 4 / Network Tier 0 unit - model A, on an inspiring yet harrowing journey as she discovers the brutal truths behind the manufactured sheen of social media posturing on a dystopian, near-future planet earth. With the band’s one-of-a-kind blend of power metal, traditional heavy metal, modern prog and pop sensibilities, Phantoma spins a web of sharp musicality, high sci-fi concept and important social commentary.

Brittney Slayes of UNLEASH THE ARCHERS says about “Blood Empress”:
"This was the last song that we wrote for the album and we wrote it together in our Airbnb while we were recording. We always like to save one song to write together in the studio to give a kind of snapshot of the headspace we were in while recording, and this one was a ton of fun. We wanted to do a bit more of a radio rock track and have it be something simple that would be a blast to play live and potentially end the set with. The album story ends with Phantoma having destroyed both The Collective and the Human Council that once stood against her, but now she had all of robotkind and humankind looking to her for where to go next. We wanted the song to feel dark but also triumphant, and to hopefully be catchy enough to make the listener want to start the album all over again. The video was filmed once again by RuneGate Studio and they did an awesome job with finding a set that could parry between both the synthetic and the human sides of the story. We all love this track in UTA and hope that you all can bang your heads to it too!"

Intertwining reality with imagination, UNLEASH THE ARCHERS were inspired to utilize elements of AI during the creation of Phantoma, in keeping with its innovative theme. Frontwoman and lyricist Brittney Slayes conjured the album's concept in 2021; before the swarm of pressing commentary surrounding AI began to reach an all-time high.

The band weaved electronic and synthwave elements throughout the album’s 10 colossal anthems, which - in line with its theme - prove much darker and heavier in comparison to the bright positivity of Abyss. Album opener “Human Era” sets the tone with imagery of a bleak, windswept futurescape that crescendos headlong into the breakneck pace of power metal bastion “Ph4/NT0mA” - a masterwork of dueling guitar solos and vocal acrobatics. Trad-metal influenced “Buried In Code” lights the way with pummeling rhythms before the album’s path turns dark on heavy metal hardened “The Collective”, with Brittney Slayes’ warm tones inviting the listener to ‘join or stand aside’! Hair-raising first single “Green & Glass” unveils the truth before the upbeat 80s flavored “Gods In Decay” and the extraordinary balladic anthem “Give It Up Or Give It All” showcase the varied song writing prowess of UNLEASH THE ARCHERS’ modern era. A trifecta of concept closers begins with the moody “Ghosts In The Mist”, leading into the soaring yet menacing “Seeking Vengeance” before closing with the bittersweet tale of “Blood Empress”.

Mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen, and with lead guitarist Andrew Kingsley at the helm as both principal songwriter and producer, Phantoma is an exciting advancement in UNLEASH THE ARCHERS’ songwriting and storytelling mastery, and a giant leap forward in their towering musical trajectory.

Phantoma follows the band's 2020 breakout album, Abyss, which won the JUNO Award for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year after debuting at #1 on the US Current Hard Music and Top New Artist charts, and was dubbed by Bandcamp as “a mandatory listen” upon release.

Phantoma track listing:
1. Human Era
2. Ph4/NT0mA
3. Buried In Code
4. The Collective
5. Green & Glass
6. Gods In Decay
7. Give It Up Or Give It All
8. Ghosts In The Mist
9. Seeking Vengeance
10. Blood Empress

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS will tour across the globe in 2024, with dates already announced in North America, Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. See below for all currently booked tour dates!

Australia and New Zealand Headliners:
6/05 - Canberra, AU @ Basement
6/06 - Sydney, AU @ Manning
6/07 - Melbourne, AU @ Croxton
6/08 - Brisbane, AU @ The Zoo
6/09 - Adelaide, AU @ Lion Arts
6/10 - Perth, AU @ Amplifier
6/13 - Auckland, NZ @ Galatos
6/14 - Wellington, NZ @ Valhalla

European Festivals:
7/05 - Ballenstedt, DE @ Rock Harz
7/06 - Knislinge, SE @ Time To Rock
7/12 - Visovice, CZ @ Masters Of Rock
7/19 - Laukaa, FI @ John Smith Fest
7/21 - Baile Figa, RO @ Celtic Transylvania
8/02 - Wacken, DE @ Wacken Open Air
8/09 - Villena, ES @ Leyendas Del Rock
8/10 - Walton-On-Trent, UK @ Bloodstock

Supporting POWERWOLF in North America:
8/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium
8/31 - Denver, CO @ The Ogden Theatre
9/03 - Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
9/04 - Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theatre
9/05 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
9/07 - Tampa, FL @ Jannus Landing
9/08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/09 - Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
9/12 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
9/13 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
9/14 - New York City, NY @ Brooklyn Paramount
9/15 - Laval, QC @ Place Bell

Brittney Slayes - Vocals
Scott Buchanan - Drums
Grant Truesdell - Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Kingsley - Guitar, Vocals
Nick Miller - Bass