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UMBRA VITAE announce new album 'Shadow of Life'

Featuring current and ex-members of CONVERGE, UNCLE ACID, and more.


From turbulent times rises turbulent music and UMBRA VITAE is here to deliver. This newly formed powerhouse consists of Jacob Bannon (vocals, CONVERGE), Jon Rice (drums, ex-JOB FOR A COWBOY, UNCLE ACID), Sean Martin (guitars/vocals, ex-HATEBREED, TWITCHING TOUNGES), Mike McKenzie (guitars/vocals, WEAR YOUR WOUNDS, THE RED CHORD), and Greg Weeks (bass, THE RED CHORD), rounding up quite the ensemble. To make their presence known, the band have announced their debut record Shadow of Life, set to release on May 1st via Deathwish Inc. Lead single Return to Zero is extreme excellence, wasting no time to burst and coming at your neck from the jump. Harnessing from Georg Heym's Umbra Vitae (1913) poem, this outing blends relentless sound with literary excellence. Band member affiliation aside, Shadow of Life is one to add high on your listening list.

Bannon comments on how he was inspired by the Umbra Vitae poem:

“After reading the piece from Heym, I immediately felt connected to it. Later, while working on the previous Wear Your Wounds album, my love for Death Metal was rekindled. This was likely a reaction to working on non-aggressive music for such a concentrated period. As these songs started to form, the ominous nature of that original poem came to mind.

In many ways it embodied the character of what we were all creating together. For me, Umbra Vitae is darkly confrontational and my own internal struggles are nested within each song. At this point in my life it is of the utmost importance to use this art and music as the vehicle for a healthy purge of emotion. By design, even in something this intense, there is righteous intent to be a better human through the process of creating it.”

Stream Return To Zero below and get yourself some merch HERE via Deathwish Inc.

Cover art by Janusz Jurek


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