Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Plague… Fallen

Futurepunk pioneer The Plague has releasednew album Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E. (2.0) after what has been a series of swiftly released singles, the last few months, and keeps the momentum up by now issuing ‘Fallen’ (Becko remix).

The original ‘Fallen’ explored man in his fallen state crying out in his desperation for salvation in a dystopian world and turns things up a notch giving the track a metal edge and a more ethereal feel while fuelling a more turbulent rhythm.

Trap metal artist Becko’s version laces the new remix around the original impassioned vocal performance from The Plague keeping the yearning spirit of seeking out the truth that made the original an inspiration.

“Becko’s remix of ‘Fallen’ not only breathes new life into the original song but really captures the feeling of searching for faith,” said The Plague. “Becko’s production is dope and inspiring!”

You can check out the video here at RAMzine.

Previous single was alt-metal banger ‘Bleeding In The Snow (2.0)’ – The track has been described as “a standout electronic-rock track with an ultra-catchy chorus, featuring a passionate vocal performance from The Plague“. Punching through a heavy drumbeat, screaming vocals, pop-punk guitar riffs, and pulsing synthesizer, the single pushes The Plague‘s signature turbulence and questioning narrative to new heights. Who are we meant to be?
 
“I am very grateful that ‘Bleeding In The Snow’ is a fan favourite as it almost didn’t make the record!” says The Plague. “I have a friend who really liked it and I wrote it about his struggles with addiction, little did I know they would become my own struggles as well.  This song is about the despair and frustration of being stuck in an addictive cycle with seemingly nowhere to turn.”

You can purchase/stream it here and check out the video here at RAMzine.

‘Not The Only One (2.0)’ was the previous single and features throwback pop-punk guitar riffs, an ultra-catchy chorus, and a fierce vocal performance to make it a pop-rock gem. The track is intended as a defiant and uplifting single reminding us all, “We’re not the only one,” and “We’re not alone.”
 
 “In my experience, becoming the person you are meant to be, often means leaving things behind and taking risks,” stated The Plague.  “This song was a reminder to me that as much as I needed to leave people and attitudes behind, there were people out there that were going through the same thing.  This song was a life preserver for me and I hope that it can be for someone out there who needs You can purchase/stream it here and check out the video here at RAMzine.

Previously to that was ‘Antidote (2.0)’ – That track takes elements from rock, alternative, and metal fusing them into a turbulent soundscape and is a defiant single taking on the false personas we use to hide behind and get through life. Filled with thrashing guitars, heavy rhythms, and an impassioned vocal performance from The Plague. It has been described asa brutal illustration of the hypocrites we all are when faced with realities we can’t control.”
 
’Antidote’ is about religious addiction,” stated The Plague. “I have had painful experiences with many types of addiction and thought that the church was going to be a safe haven and exception.  I was sadly disappointed to see how much of the church was using religion as a tool to condemn others and avoid wrestling with difficult truths. This song attempts to confront the destructive aspects of church culture.” 
 
The single is available here and you can check out the video here at RAMzine.

Before that, ‘I Feel Fine’ was released and is still available here – Again, you can check out the video for that hereOverall dark and sinister it portrays a brooding backdrop with The Plague giving a stark emotive solo performance in the video.

Starting out innocuously enough, it’s soon taken over by thrashing guitars over the course of an absolutely violent two-minute soundscape featuring thrashing guitars and a brutal screaming vocal performance. Turbulent and defiant, it is intended to portray the stark reality of holding an image of having everything together when you’re falling apart on the inside.

“After my dad passed away, some people would ask me how I was doing when they didn’t really want to hear the answer,” said The Plague. “I got the sense they wanted to hear ‘I’m fine’.  This song is about denial, and the coping mechanism of telling yourself you are ok when you’re really not.

In mid-August came ‘Not God’ (2.0)’ a slower alternative pop-punk ballad featuring an emotional and determined vocal performance coupled with thoughtful lyrics over an ethereal atmosphere. Featuring synthesizers, and a slowed rhythm it’s intended as an uplifting single delivering a heartfelt message about being okay with not being able to do the impossible, because you are not in control and you are not God.  
 
“This song is about the pain of trying to change things I could never change,” stated The Plague. “Wanting so badly for the world and myself to be different, and coming to terms with my role in the world and learning to put things in God’s hands.”

You can check out the surreal and otherwordly lyric video here and purchase/stream it here.

Hope For The F.U.T.U.R.E. (2.0) I available to pre-order here

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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