They say true greatness never asks for attention – it just gets it regardless. Case in point, habitual shapeshifters Northlane who, with the drop of a mere album biography managed to drum up more drama than most bands can with a million sponsored posts. Mind you, it helps that said biography contains precious insight into one of the most anticipated releases from the heavy scene, pulling the sheet back on Obsidian, which will hit shelves on Friday, 1st April via Believe.
Today, we get even further insight into the album with the first official warning shot from the release, ‘Echo Chamber’, a surgical dismemberment of the toxic culture that seeps its way into any and all forms of text-based communication in the digital realm. Sonically, the song is the perfect introduction between the band, the fans and the new music. A driving electronic frame containing rabid drums, crushing riffs, a breakdown to end all breakdowns and a stirring, dueling vocal from Marcus Bridge, ‘Echo Chamber’ is everything Northane has been, are, and hints of what they will be a tight 3 minutes 47 seconds.
Lyrically, Bridge breaks down the song’s bigger picture, explaining: “It’s hard to be on the internet without seeing people get continuously angry about something. We’re addicted to having a hot take about nothing and it’s quite exhausting. At the same time I shouldn’t let it bother me that much but it’s like a ringing in my ears after a while, so I’m praying I go deaf.”
It’s been years now since Northlane outgrew the confines of ‘Local Band’, and now coming off the back of the their ARIA-award winning album Alien, it’s a safe bet the band are well on their way to things like spinning drum kits, fireworks and other career highlights only reserved for those at the very top of Mount Heavy. Obsidian will be the first album released independently from the band, but they won’t be alone per say, with the recent launch of their patreon, WORLDEATER, allowing fans front row seats throughout the process.
Northlane have also announced plans to put the show on the road, announcing a run of headline dates throughout Australia in June 2022.
Northlane Australia Tour 2022
Ticket presale begins on Friday, November 12th at 9am AEDT. Sign up for access here
General on sale Tuesday. November 16th at 9am AEDT
Thursday, June 16th
Friday, June 17th
Bridgeway Hotel, Adelaide
Saturday, June 18th
The Forum, Melbourne
Thursday, June 23rd
Max Watts, Sydney
Saturday, June 25th
The Tivoli, Brisbane