NewsNovember 10, 2021 9:59 AM ET2,021 views

Northlane announce new album 'Obsidian', release single and video

Official press release:

Australia's heavy trailblazers Northlane have revealed their daring new single, "Echo Chamber," lifted from their forthcoming sixth album, Obsidian, set for release on April 1, 2022 via Believe.

"Have you tried turning it off?"

A bold expansion of the ever-evolving Northlane sound, "Echo Chamber" is a fully immersive futuristic Matrix rave built around a compulsive beat that marries their signature bottom-heavy groove with dark electronic and techno. Lyrically, "Echo Chamber" looks at the toxic polarization of social media, landing at a timely moment in history with whistleblowers confirming algorithms are deliberately amplifying angry content that is tearing societies apart in the name of engagement. "Echo Chamber" is a critical reminder to log off.

Watch the "Echo Chamber" video here:


"It's hard to be on the internet without seeing people get continuously angry about something," says frontman Marcus Bridge. "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."

If you had to sum up Northlane in a word, it would be resilient.

In their 12-year career, the four-piece has weathered the kind of storms that would have seen most other bands bow out of the game, yet, through every bout of turbulence, Northlane emerges on the other side with fortitude and a trailblazing body of work that shifts the tectonic plates of heavy music around the globe.

Emboldened by the success of their 2019 award-winning album, Alien, Northlane's new offering, Obsidian, is their most expansive and dynamic album yet. Self-recorded and self-produced with the help of their longtime collaborator Chris Blancato, the sound Northlane have been working towards over the span of their career has been fully realised on Obsidian. Sonically spanning the gamut of their entire discography, Northlane's trademark heavy comfortably coexists with techno, drum and bass, intriguing synths, perplexing time signatures and widescreen choruses. It's this fearless evolution that keeps Northlane light years ahead of everyone else in heavy music.

Earlier this year, Northlane gave us a preview of the album via "Clockwork," a frantic and pulsating fever dream that served as an insight into the mind of a musician forced to be creative after a devastating year and the toll it took on him. Throughout Obsidian, Bridge chronicles his despair at the state of the world whilst also trying to pick up the pieces and move forward with his own life after sharing his harrowing life story on Alien. It’s bleak, but that's the point.

The release of Obsidian will mark an important milestone for Northlane as the band's first self-released record. Forging ahead as a wholly independent entity, Northlane have shunned machinations of the music industry to take complete control of their career. They recently took another step forward by launching their "Worldeaters" Patreon with the top tier selling out in just 24 hours.

Obsidian track listing:

01. Clarity
02. Clockwork
03. Echo Chamber
04. Carbonized
05. Abomination
06. Plenty
07. Is this a Test?
08. Xen
09. Cypher
10. Nova
11. Inamorata
12. Obsidian
13. Dark Solitaire

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anonymous 11/10/2021 7:24:10 AM

i hope everyone that crowd funded this is disappointed. in the music and their own personal choices in life

evil_hero 11/10/2021 8:24:28 AM

my uncle larry drives a heavy trailblazer

evil_hero 11/10/2021 8:26:30 AM

"a frantic and pulsating fever dream that served as an insight into the mind of a musician forced to be creative after a devastating year and the toll it took on him." oh piss right off. this is getting tiring already. dudes like "boo hoo i sat around and watched netflix with my doordash order for 15 months" better write a song about it you bony eared assfish

anonymous 11/10/2021 8:33:18 AM

Lol at the dude still wearing a mask in this photo.

VodkaVeins 11/10/2021 8:35:24 AM

Why did they Sharpie that dudes face?

anonymous 11/10/2021 9:32:06 AM

Nice face diapers.

Pilgrim 11/10/2021 9:54:10 AM

Good god this is bad

anonymous 11/10/2021 10:26:38 AM

Never listened to Northlane before today. Wish I could go back in time.

anonymous 11/10/2021 12:41:34 PM

whatever they had going (and it wasn't much) for them in the early 2010s has long dissipated. those arby's hats are going back on year round.

anonymous 11/10/2021 2:46:42 PM

God the comments here are pathetic

anonymous 11/10/2021 6:42:53 PM

When did Northlane go buttrock?

anonymous 11/11/2021 11:41:19 AM

So awful not sure why I hold out for old album vibes. Direct rip off of bring me the horizon. From marketing to garbage music and shitting on old fans.




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