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Umbra Vitae announce new album 'Light of Death' + share lead single

The turbulent powerhouse return with a monstrous conviction.

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Photograph by Hillarie Jason

On June 7th, Umbra Vitae, which features Jacob Bannon (Converge), Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, ex-Hatebreed), Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord), Jon Rice (Uncle Acid, Tsjuder) and Greg Weeks (The Red Chord), will release their sophomore album, Light Of Death, via Deathwish Inc. It follows debut Shadow Of Life (2020) and comes straight for the neck with lead single, Belief Is Obsolete, which springs forth with ripping speed and riff laden madness.

Umbra Vitae's Sean Martin comments on the track:

"This song came from a demo I recorded at ye olde home studio although, as with all of the songs on this record, we managed to make it sound even more disgusting in the best possible way! I like Swedish Death Metal and Thrash, can you tell? Big, mean, hairy end riff to carry you out."

Jacob Bannon continues:

"Musically, 'Belief Is Obsolete' is signature Sean Martin Bay Area Thrash worship. The performances from all of us on this one are completely redlined from beginning to end. Lyrically I explore the idea that 'belief' in the traditional sense is obsolete in the modern age we live in. It is abused as a shield and weapon socially, politically, and spiritually, ultimately becoming a burden for all."

Greg Weeks adds:

"One of the great perks of being in this band is that at any moment there could be a crushing song written by Sean Martin in a google drive that you have access to that very few people do. This is an example of such a song. Hard hitting and riff heavy Belief is Obsolete gets me juiced!" Guitarist Mike McKenzie drives it home saying the song "... has a pretty meaty ending with an over the top lead in to a big riff that is incredibly fun to play. I can't wait to play this song live."

Stream Belief Is Obsolete below and pre-order the record via Deathwish.

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Photography by Juha Arvid Helminen, Art Direction & Design by J. Bannon


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