Northlane has announced the release of their brand new album, Alien, and dropped a brand new single 'Bloodline'. This will be the Sydney band's fifth studio album, and is set to be released on August 2 via UNFD.
The title Alien might resonate with long-time listeners of Northlane, who have continuously used space and futuristic themes throughout previous albums. Instead, the title is a reflection of the alienation that vocalist Marcus Bridge felt as a child “who grew up in a weird, unusual household and who was bullied at school because of it”.
Produced by the band themselves, the album was recorded at Chris Blancato's studio in Sydney, where Northlane recorded their first EP, Hollow Existence back in 2010. Bridge recorded his vocals at Sydney's Electric Sun Studios, where the band recorded Discoveries, their 2011 debut album. The album is an extremely personal and emotional statement for the bands career, particularly on the first single, Bloodline.
"I was raised in hell but I made it out," says Northlane vocalist Marcus Bridge. "Raised in a place I shouldn't have been, and no child should have been. But I've been able to break free."
“Bloodline was one of the first songs that came about in the writing process for the album. When we were trying to decide what we wanted to write about, we decided early on that we wanted to keep the album pretty personal. I wanted to tell the stories of my upbringing and the ups and downs that come along with that.” says Marcus Bridge.
As for the Bloodline video, Northlane has once again teamed up with director Jason Eshraghian. The band has been working with Jason since 2014, and has directed all of their videos since. The emotional film clip follows an abusive relationship between a father and his son.
Check out the 'Bloodline' video below:
“Jason delivered again, and this video is one of my favourite videos that I have ever done. It goes into some fine detail once again about that environment of growing up around parents who use drugs, violent parents and all that stuff that a lot of people do deal with that maybe don’t feel comfortable talking about. This video is going to make you feel pretty uncomfortable, but I think it’s a story that isn’t really told often enough.”
Northlane will be marking their 10th year anniversary in 2019, and the band has no intention to slow down or play it safe. Their previous three albums have debuted in the Top 5 in Australia, with 2015's Node landing at Number One and going on to win an ARIA Award for the Best Hard Rock or Heavy Metal Album.
Thankfully, we won't have to wait too long to see Northlane tour this epic album. After headlining a North American tour throughout August and September, the boys will be back on home soil for an Australian Tour in October. Supports will be Counterparts, Silent Planet and Void of Vision. After playing their Australian shows, Northlane will be touring Europe for November and December.
You won't want to miss this one. Check out the tour dates for your city below:
Alien World Tour Australian Dates
With special guests Counterparts, Silent Planet and Void of Vision
Friday October 11 - UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney
Saturday October 12 - Triffid, Brisbane
Friday October 18 - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Saturday October 19 - Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide
Sunday October 20 - Capitol, Perth
Grab your tickets Friday May 3, via Northlane's official website.
Alien pre-orders, including exclusive vinyl and CD, are available now via UNFD's website.