EARTHSIDE RELEASE EPIC AND OTHERWORLDLY ANIMATION VIDEO FOR NEW SONG ‘ALL WE KNEW AND EVER LOVED’
EARTHSIDE RELEASE EPIC AND OTHERWORLDLY ANIMATION VIDEO FOR NEW SONG ‘ALL WE KNEW AND EVER LOVED’ Featuring Special Guest Artist Baard Kolstad of Leprous, performing a drum duel with Earthside’s Ben Shanbrom to supernatural effect. WATCH NOW / LISTEN NOW
Earthside – ‘All We Knew And Ever Loved’
Featuring Baard Kolstad from Leprous
Opening with the haunting cry of screeching lead guitar, timpani, and pipe organ, the ominous introduction sets the stage for a horrifying climax that never seems to lessen in effect with repeated listens. The dastardly arrival of Earthside’s new song ‘All We Knew And Ever Loved’ is ushered in by a very human spiral of conflict, represented by the dueling drum performance of Earthside’s Ben Shanbrom and featured guest performer, Baard Kolstad of Leprous.
Earthside have finally unleashed their debut offering in 6 years, in the form of the monumental song and accompanying animation video for ‘All We Knew and Ever Loved’.
You can watch the cinematic and groundbreaking animation video, directed by Maxime Tiberghien & Sylvain Favre, renowned for Gojira’s ‘Another World’ video now.
“Humans are the only beings that knowingly destroy themselves,” Earthside keyboardist and the piece’s composer Frank Sacramone says. “Animals don’t have a developed consciousness like we do, or a sense of right or wrong, but ‘all we knew and ever loved’ will be gone as we keep perpetuating the same poor decision-making as a species—the same societal structures, economic norms, same use of power. Day by day, we’re beginning to see very real consequences to these willful abuses on a scale we don’t fully comprehend.”
Through the positively apocalyptic sounds of one of the largest pipe organs in the world (recorded at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles) and an earth-shaking mix courtesy of Randy Staub, known for mixing Metallica’s legendary symphonic live album, S&M, the effect isn’t merely devastating; it’s inescapable.
Artwork by Travis Smith of Seempieces
“A piece of art that resonated strongly with us during the writing and recording of both “All We Knew …” and the new album, was a painting called Duelo a Garrotazos or Fight with Cudgels by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya,” Shanbrom says. “From the time I was exposed to Goya’s Black Paintings—a series of extremely dark meditations on human nature—I’ve been obsessed with them, and the uncanny message of Duelo felt immediately timely and haunting in its relevance to the current day.”
The scene which Shanbrom references depicts two men swinging at each other with full abandon as a far more threatening force—the surrounding quicksand—slowly consumes their lower bodies. “This vindictive pettiness that we see all around us in our politics, our arguments, and daily interactions is something universal and terrifying in human nature, and as Frank was composing this song, I was wondering if there was a way we could represent that complex and poignant scene in the actual music. Through a very special collaboration, I think we did it” Shanbrom says.
When an artist resurfaces after years spent in creative immersion, whatever they return with needs to make a statement. This is even more the case when said artist is following up a debut as heavily acclaimed as 2015’s A Dream In Static—a work widely regarded as one of the finest, most attention-seizing debut albums in recent rock and metal music.
Cinematic rock collective Earthside finds themselves squarely in this unenviable position—however, if one song alone could make that critical impression—speaking to the moment, and leaving that heavy feeling of awe churning in the listener’s chest, “All We Knew And Ever Loved” would be that song—unequivocally.
In conjunction with their signing to Mascot Label Group, Earthside returns to the spotlight in the most monumental of fashions. The culmination of years of feverish planning, recording, and detail obsessing, “All We Knew And Ever Loved” offers the first window into the gripping next chapter of the band’s collective story—and the grim scene that awaits humanity in the absence of change.
“All We Knew and Ever Loved” is out now via Mascot Label Group/Music Theories Recordings and can be streamed and purchased HERE