‘RESIDENT HUMAN’ OUT MARCH 26TH
Progressive metallers Wheel have announced the releases of their second full length album Resident Human, which is coming out March 26th via Odyssey Music. To celebrate the announcement, they’ve released a stunning video for their brand new single ‘Movement’. Watch the video below.
Discussing the deep and poignant meaning behind the track, guitarist and vocalist James Lascelles divulges,
“This song was inspired by the rhetoric surrounding the murder of George Floyd in the USA in early 2020. The conflation, false equivalence and venom, liberally used to devalue another human’s life was shocking, especially when the angriest among us were unamenable to logic, empathy or even basic common sense.
Ultimately, the song aims to criticise an American social structure that absolutely should be changed, regardless of its origin; is it a consequence of literal institutional racism (as racism is still clearly prevalent) or the beginning of a wider conversation about the role of police in society and the prevalent use of excessive force? We think all of these factors should be part of the discussion to change policing in the US to prevent incidents like this from happening.”
Talking about 2020 as an unprecedented year is beyond cliché now. But while this fact rings true, what remains beyond that in the cold light of day is the exposed skeletal bones of humanity and its true nature. From the good, the bad and the ugly, no facet of our species has been left unturned.
What Wheel have seen, however, is an opportunity – one to emerge through the triumphant rubble and dust of 2019’s prowling and expansive debut album Moving Backwards. Now, they’re ready to peel apart that intrinsic nature which has come to light. Enter, Resident Human.
Packing a punch into the seven tracks that make up Resident Human, each is varied in its motive and action. Across the vivid vistas of expanding and contracting sounds comes the same jagged rapture as their debut, but far from treading old ground, this time things find a new level of focused intensity.
The power and might portrayed throughout evokes the same desolate freedom of thundering down a dirt road; dust and stones whipping up reminding you of the vastness of life, from the smallest pebble to the most powerful thunder and beyond.
Following the release of two EPs, The Path (2017) and The Divide (2018), the album sees the band showcasing their distinctive and time-defying collage of progressive rock, grunge and film score that twists and turns into Tool-esque masterpieces.
Armed with an expansive and powerful new album, Wheel are prepared to embrace 2021 and whatever comes next in full force. Stay tuned for more to come in the near future.