UK metal prospects Insurgent are building up to the release of their debut EP ‘Sentient’ that is sure to impress with their prog metal anthems that are destined to be seen on bigger stages as the year progresses. Guitarist Joe Rowley had this to say about the record:
“We always chase that perfect blend between heavy rhythms and memorable, powerfully delivered vocal melodies and we feel that Sentient is the perfect collection of songs with which to present our sound to the world. Lyrically, we like to challenge the status quo and tackle the various problems associated with modern society whilst encouraging people to reflect on their behaviour and how they could change it for the better. There is always a tricky balance to be struck between sounding new and exciting whilst still remaining identifiable, and without alienating your audience. We feel like this is the musical space in which we thrive and we will always promise to deliver music that exceeds the expectations of the rock and metal world.”
To celebrate the release of ‘Sentient’, we caught up with Joe who took us on a track-by-track run through of the EP.
This song is written as a critique of society as a whole. We act as if happiness is a ‘zero-sum game’, meaning that for one person to be happy, another person must suffer. Global suffering continues on a daily basis so that we can live a comfortable life and the song aims to challenge the idea that one person is worth any more than another. The menacing guitar riffs, followed by the uplifting choruses, serves as a metaphor for the difference between the evil of society today and the good that we can achieve if we strive for equality.
‘Counterpart’ describes the struggle that people endure to show the truest versions of themselves and the societal obstructions that make it difficult for people to present themselves in the way they wish. The chorus is told from the perspective of someone who has transcended these boundaries and feels no need to adhere to the guidelines that society places on us.
‘Dogma’ is told from the perspective of an egotistical individual who believes only in having things the way they like regardless of the consequences to themselves or others. The quietened, sadistic vocals exemplify the temptation that is faced by many to act in a negative, self-interested way despite knowing that, in the end, nobody is better off from this behaviour. The selfish attitude of the lyrics is mimicked by the chaotic nature of the song.
04.) COLOURS BLEED
‘Colours Bleed’ is a critique of modern society’s proclivity to lie and to present to the world an artificial version of themselves. The narrator sees through this facade and warns of the devastating consequences of living a life of deceit. The finale of the song recounts the final words of the narrator as he challenges human society to do away with it’s falsities and live a life of meaning.
This song serves as a warning for the future as people begin to replace their true identities with their online personas. The lyrics warn that true authenticity and real personalities will be ‘eclipsed’ by our online replicas, known as the ‘reflections we can’t reclaim’. The groove and feel of the song is an indication of the arrogance with which society approaches technological developments without fear of repercussion and the wide open bridge section represents the ‘eclipse’ that we as a society should be striving to avoid at all costs.
06.) MY SENTENCE AWAITS
This track is the finale of the EP. The narrator feels a sense of hopelessness as he realises that despite his best efforts, he has made a society that values everything he stands against. The song then goes on to reflect on the fact that the narrator himself is responsible for the failings of modern-day society and as such he should practice what he preaches and take responsibility for his shortcomings and do what he can to be the best possible version of himself.
Insurgent‘s new EP, ‘Sentient’, is out on August 6th.