Six days ago we wrote about a recently released video for a song called “Revolver” from a new album by the UK band Arcade Messiah. A few days later Arcade Messiah released a massive second track (“Deliverance”) through the alternative music site Arctic Drones. And now we have the pleasure of announcing the premiere of a third song: “Life Clock“. Like “Revolver”, it comes with an engrossing video made by darwinfish105.
The album that includes these three songs (and three others) is the third Arcade Messiah full-length, and it will be released through Bandcamp on November 25. Arcade Messiah is the solo project of UK musician John Bassett, who is also the singer, songwriter, and producer of UK progressive metal band KingBathMat.
Attempting to capture the music on the new album in genre terms is difficult, but one could say that it combines progressive metal with post-rock, sludge, doom, and stoner rock. It’s a fascinating interweaving of sounds and styles that should appeal to fans of bands ranging from Cloudkicker to Mastodon to Russian Circles, and beyond.
The video for “Revolver”, which first attracted our attention to this new album, is a timelapse film of Tokyo at night, created in a way that might put you in mind (as it did me) of the eye-popping scenes of wizardry in the new Doctor Strange movie. The images in the new video for “Life Clock” are equally eye-catching, but in a different way, just as “Life Clock” is a different piece of music compared to “Revolver”.
The pulsing tones and dissonant, pealing notes that introduce the song combine with the passing scenes in the video in a way that begins casting a strange spell. The music has a head-rattling drum rhythm and a notable bass line, and together they fuel the song’s growing intensity, which eventually crests in a surge of jackhammering riffs and swirling guitars.
To pre-order the new Arcade Messiah album, III, use the Bandcamp link below. Here’s the track list:
4. Life Clock
5. Black Tree
We’ve included the previous video for “Revolver” along with our premiere of “Life Clock”; to listen to “Deliverance”, go HERE.