Canadian power metal band Unleash The Archers has released a music video for their latest single, “Abyss.”
Directed by Rod Scobie, who also directed the band’s videos for “Awakening” and “Northwest Passage,” the CGI-heavy “Abyss” video finds the band being sucked into a celestial realm to fight an evil space demon.
“Abyss” can be viewed below:
“This track set the tone for the whole record; conceptually, lyrically, musically, it all started here,” said frontwoman Brittney Slayes about the song. “Andy came up with the opening riff back when we were writing Apex, but I knew right away it didn’t belong on that record. When we finally started writing Abyss in 2019, this was the first song we wrote and it was the first song I listened to when the record was done. It symbolizes five years of hard work for us, and I think it does a great job of putting the listener in the right place emotionally to start the record. It hints at what the rest of the album is all about, but also doesn’t give it all away, not by a long shot!”
“Abyss” is the first single from the band’s recently-announced fifth studio album of the same name. Engineered, mixed and mastered in Denmark by Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios and produced by guitarist Andrew Kingsley, the album is a direct follow-up to 2017’s Apex. Slayes said about the album’s concept upon announcement,
“Our protagonist, The Immortal, is once again awakened at the beginning of our story, but this time he is in an unknown place: a ship out in deep space. He wanders alone for a time, reflecting on his misdeeds, searching for his new master. Finally, he finds him, and learns that it is the Grandson of The Matriarch, our antagonist. The Immortal had taken The Grandson’s father away some sixty years before, to be sacrificed by The Matriarch in a ritual to achieve immortality (the events from Apex) and now the Grandson seeks revenge against The Matriarch with the aid of her own weapon, The Immortal.”
“This album is a classic take on good versus evil, light versus dark, The Grandson versus The Matriarch, but it also uses the ‘person versus self’ literary device in that The Immortal is battling with the good and evil within himself, and must decide in the end if he is simply a tool for others to use, or a man with free will and the ability to choose his own path; a struggle I think every human can relate to.”
‘Abyss’ is set for release on August 21 through Napalm Records. It is available for pre-order now.