Put on your nicest suit and bowtie, and shine those shoes, because If Not For Me are taking you to church today with their brand new single premiere and accompanying lyric video for “Dearly Deceased.” The fierce new tune is a sneak preview of what’s to come on their brand new album Eulogy, set for a February 25th, 2022 release via their new label Theoria Records.
The band is slowly working up to the album’s release, with “Dearly Deceased” following up the release of “Burn” last month, which will also be included amongst Eulogy’s eleven new songs. It doesn’t get much more aggressive than “Dearly Deceased,” thanks to its extreme breakdowns, and singer Patrick Glover’s blood-curdling howls that don’t let up for even a second.
Discussing his lyrical inspiration for the song, Glover told us,
“I wrote ‘Dearly Deceased’ from the perspective of someone who decided to take their own life. Now he’s seeing all this mourning for him, but he wonders where all these people were when he was alive. He more or less lashes out in anger at these people because he feels like they failed him, and they only see him now because he’s gone. ‘Dearly Deceased’ is easily one of my favourite songs lyrically, and the name of the entire record actually comes from a lyric in this song.”
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania quartet is on the cusp of emerging as one of metalcore’s true heavy hitters and festival headliners. Likable for so many reasons, the band melds catchy choruses with driving riffs and relatable lyrics which really helps them stand out when they step on a stage.
Speaking of the choruses, they are massive, and one of the defining factors of Eulogy as an album. Working with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland of the highly reputable Atrium Audio (August Burns Red, From Ashes To New, Like Moths To Flames), If Not For Me have never sounded better, with Slovak and McFarland helping to etch out a more definable, distinctive sound for the ensemble. With Eulogy arriving soon, and then the summer festival season, you’re going to be ahead of the game on one of metalcore’s new top draws.