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Umbra Vitae Reveal “Velvet Black”


Umbra Vitae, the powerhouse which features Jacob Bannon (Converge), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed), Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord), Jon Rice (Uncle Acid, Tsjuder) and Greg Weeks (The Red Chord) will release their colossal sophomore album, Light Of Death on June 7, 2024.


Today, the album's darkly captivating second single "Velvet Black" arrives with a music video directed by John Bradburn.  Umbra Vitae vocalist/lyricst Jacob Bannon comments, "Lyrically this song is about pressure and how it forces actions that aren't in line with who we want to be. It breaks and changes people; making monsters and the meek. These cycles of dysfunction indiscriminately harm everything around us."  He continues, "Metaphorically I explore this in two interlinked ways. Firstly, the idea of growth coming from decay. Secondly, as an afterlife scenario where dead attempt to overrun golden gates. Not worthy of passing through due to their actions on the mortal plane, they retreat back into the 'velvet black' darkness which they came from."

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