- Jason Hesley
ARRIVER Premiere New Single "Only On"
ARRIVER's new video for "Only On" is premiering above. Taken from their upcoming album Azimuth, releasing on March 4th, 2023, the Chicago based outfit deliver a diverse metal sound born from manifestations of heavy prog and post-doom.
“Soul-flayed on the precipice, rot and corruption lie behind. ARRIVER slits the astral membrane: a flickering path leads Only On. Our new album Azimuth is the product of six years grappling with disruption, from a personal to a global scale. For the first time we turned our storytelling focus inward. We’ve chosen this song, naked, exposed and unusual within our own repertoire as the first single and video, in the belief that the question it asks will invite your own answer. With nothing but our deep-rooted faith in DIY-or-Die to guide us, we did it ourselves with two cameras at our first show since everything stopped. Hope you’ll join us for the ride."
Following the release of their 2020 single "Holy Glow", Azimuth sees ARRIVER enhance their experimental approach. The music on this album and its story were largely created under pandemic conditions, in states of isolation and confinement. While it isn’t directly about that experience, Azimuth naturally reflects these circumstances. Opening with "Reenactor", the narrative begins with the protagonist coming to terms with his actions and the resulting corruption of his legacy. Immersive textures with a touch of dissonance bring to life the complex and contradictory moods that run through the track. Dominant bass, demonic harsh vocals and soaring melodies deliver a dynamic soundscape. Wrestling with complex emotions, ARRIVER portrays the darker side to the human experience without the neatly resolved fairy-tale ending. "None More Unknown" reveals that while in many respects the protagonist emerges victorious, his personal demons cannot be evaded, and the personal losses are not worth the obtained gains. The vastness of their sound and balance of light and dark results in a profound conclusion.
ARRIVER fuse heavy tones with progressive composition and differing instrumental textures to produce a captivating listening experience. The quartet artfully depict their haunting tale with such deep feeling; in Azimuth they unveil the shadowy gloom.