New York City’s reigning metalcore monarchs, Locked In A Vacancy, have erupted back onto the scene, dropping their latest track, “…of Church and State,” a powerhouse single that captures the raw intensity and unrelenting energy the band is renowned for. In a thrilling partnership with Ghost Cult Magazine, fans were treated to an exclusive premiere one day prior to the official release, igniting anticipation and setting the tone for the band’s audacious return.
The new single is a relentless assault on the senses, weaving intricate guitar work with bone-crushing breakdowns and topped with a vocal performance that is both ferocious and haunting. The artwork, masterfully crafted by Andrew Meltzer, encapsulates the dark and gripping essence of the track, serving as a visual feast for fans.
In the charged currents of their latest offering, “ …of Church and State,” Locked in a Vacancy delivers more than just a blistering track; it’s a searing commentary wrapped in the visceral energy of metalcore ferocity. With an unflinching gaze, the song confronts a disturbing narrative woven into the fabric of contemporary American politics—the insidious blend of governance and religious doctrine.
This is no mere diatribe against faith or creed; it’s a scathing indictment of the political opportunists who have contorted the principle of church-state separation to suit a shadowy tapestry of agendas. Beneath the cloak of sanctimony, the group bellows lies a troika of societal ills—misogyny, racism, and homophobia—each called out from the shadows by the band’s defiant roar.
As the band tears through the track with precision and passion, they channel the angst and disillusionment felt by many. With this song, Locked in a Vacancy isn’t just playing notes and rhythms; they are stoking the fires of resistance, urging listeners to awaken and acknowledge the dissonance between the foundational ideals of a nation and the reality of its execution. It’s a message that resonates with harrowing urgency, as crucial and cutting as the riffs that drive it home.
Commenting on the song, vocalist Dyami Bryant states:
“This is not an anti-religion song or anti-Christianity song, but a rallying cry against politicians who invoke those systems as a means to advance their personal agendas – typically rooted in their own biases of misogyny, racism, and homophobia.”
All the fervent intensity and pointed social critique channelled into “…of Church and State” is just a prelude to the grand crescendo that Locked in a Vacancy has orchestrated. This raw and gripping single sets the stage for the much-anticipated release of their upcoming EP. Crafted meticulously at the renowned Landmine Studios in Ewing, New Jersey, “…Before the Dawn” will grace the scene on December 1st, courtesy of Fuzz Therapy Records. The EP promises to be a crucible of the band’s profound energies and sharp insights, a culmination of their hard-hitting messages and sonic mastery.
This upcoming collection is not just a series of tracks but a comprehensive narrative that embarks just as dawn fractures the night’s hold. It’s a metaphorical dawn that signals not only a new chapter for the band but a call to awareness and action for their listeners. Each song in the EP is meticulously crafted to form a journey through the dark, introspective night that precedes the light of dawn—a light that could potentially usher in a renewed vision or reveal uncomfortable truths.
The anticipation for “ …Before The Dawn” builds as each release, each lyric, and each note pulls the band’s fans closer to the heart of their artistic tempest. Locked in a Vacancy is not merely releasing an EP; they are setting forth a manifesto of resurgence, both for themselves and for the community that rallies around their music. As the release date draws near, the energy around their new music intensifies, promising to deliver an explosive, reflective, and unapologetically raw listening experience.