Ever wonder what kind of music would shatter the banks of the Styx as Hades is toppled by new gods? Leading the way to Mount Olympus all the way from their native Hamburg, Germany, Rise of Kronos have made it their mission to channel the sound of a looming new pantheon. And let’s face it – that sound cannot be anything but death metal. With 11 years of experience and more than 150 concerts under their belt, Rise of Kronos emerged from the ashes of Surface with an even sharper focus on the unmistakable guitar sound of early Swedish death pioneers like Dismember and Entombed, recast in a modern, in-your-face garb that doesn’t shy away from hook lines and embraces its influences from thrash and progressive metal. The sheer brutality of their songcraft is counterposed by an intricate lyricism which draws heavily from Greek mythology and philosophical traditions. The band creates complex narratives that weave throughout songs and albums, connecting the past and the present in a frenzy of dark images and arcane characters, as evidenced by the eclectic artwork of their upcoming album Council of Prediction. The record is an epic in the truest sense of the word, describing a divine trial of the very essence of man under an all but vengeful god.
While Council of Prediction will only see the light of day in January 2022, the band is building up to its release by putting out a new single and video every other week, starting with Cycles this Friday August 20, featuring none other than Britta Görtz (Critical Mess, Hiraes, Cripper). But a couple of days ahead of the official release, we have the honor to present to you the single and video in premiere right here:
A collaboration that could not be more of this time, as the band explains:
“Cycles was the first single written by Tom in home office during the lockdown 20/21. Tim and Tom wrote the lyrics together and both knew this song should be sung together with their dear friend Britta Görtz. As they reached out to her, she was on board immediately and came to the spontaneous video shooting to play the main part. We were stunned about her great vocal and acting performance. It is a great honour to have here on this album”.
Take a deep dive if you dare, follow the band throughout the rest of this year and you’ll be part of their Legio Titanum in no time.