Northlane // Alien Deluxe Edition // Album Review
Northlane // Alien Deluxe Edition // Album Review 9
Northlane // Alien Deluxe Edition // Album Review 9
Northlane // Alien Deluxe Edition // Album Review 9
Northlane // Alien Deluxe Edition // Album Review 9
Northlane // Alien Deluxe Edition // Album Review 9
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Australian Metalcore 5-piece Northlane were celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2019 with the release of their 5th studio album Alien. Having become a force to reckon over the year’s thanks to their unique sound that has constantly evolved between each release. Their latest release Alien instead of focusing on issues of the outside world looks inwards on vocalist Marcus Bridge and his internal struggles and the alienation he felt growing up. From the first notes of opening track ‘Details Matter’, longtime fans are introduced to the new experimental sound that has been so masterfully crafted by the Aussie Metalcore titans, bringing a unique blend of sounds I’ve yet to see done before.

Despite the newer electro-industrial sounds prominence, Northlane is still as heavy as they’ve always been with track 4 ‘Talking Heads’ delivering a non-stop assault of riffs that carry the almost 4-minute track. Tracks like ‘Freefall’ and ‘Jinn’ are a much welcome addition too, harking back to the sound fans will be most used to while still sounding fresh.

Where the album starts to stand out the most though is when it gets truly experimental. Single ‘Eclipse’ is 4 minutes of pure industrial filth while ‘Rift’ is highly reminiscent of dance and EDM music thanks to the almost haunting clean vocals and overall bass-driven electronic sound.

‘Paradigm’ stands out thanks to the blending of new and old. Keeping the bass pumping EDM and blending it with vocals and instrumentals that would feel at home on the band’s last release ‘Mesmer’. Following this is easily the heaviest track of the album, the first single released ‘Vultures’. With the guitar taking center stage and delivering an all-out assault of brutally aggressive riffs that unrelentingly assault the listeners.

The entirety of Alien culminates in the final track ‘Sleepless’. Blending the insanely wide range of sounds and influences into one track is no easy feat in itself, especially when there’s such variety in each song. Starting with a Drum and Bass section that builds into an orchestra of guitar riffs, pounding drums, and a breathtaking vocal delivery.

From start to finish, Alien is an unrelenting musical journey, filled with emotion and obvious love for the craft. Despite sounding nothing like anything released by the band before, the entire album still manages to sound familiar. Alien is a must-hear album for both Northlane and general Metalcore fans alike.

2020 sees the Deluxe Version offering a reimagined instrumental album as a bonus over the original recording and an absolute must for any Northlane fans.

 Daniel 

The band has announced a limited-edition deluxe version of ‘Alien’ which will come in the form of a strictly limited edition 2xLP neon pink set, featuring the original version of the album plus Enemy Of The Night as well as the full record as instrumentals.

Pre-order Alien Deluxe worldwide now from unfdstore.com

 

ALIEN TRACKLISTING: 

1Details Matter

 

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ANNOUNCE ‘LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE’
STREAMING EVENT

Watch Northlane’s Acclaimed 2019 Sydney Concert With The Band

Streaming Online For Two Nights Only On 21st & 22nd August

 

NORTHLANE

Northlane will host a two night only streaming event of Live At The Roundhouse, featuring their celebrated performance captured at Sydney’s iconic venue The Roundhouse on 11th October 2019. Taking place on 21st & 22nd August, Live At The Roundhouse will be available as a pay-per-view event via Netgigs, with the band chatting live throughout both screenings.

The first and biggest show of the Alien World Tour, Live At The Roundhouse was shot via 14 cameras in front of a sold out home crowd, with the audio mixed and mastered by Alien engineer Chris Blancato. An exhilarating performance from a band desperate for a lifeline, Live At The Roundhouse showcases the turning point for Northlane as they clawed their way back from the brink of collapse.

NORTHLANE – “BLOODLINE” LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE

Live At The Roundhouse was captured during Alien release week at the culmination of the most turbulent period in Northlane’s history. As outlined in their recently released documentary, Negative Energy, the last time Northlane played at that same venue in 2018 it was to a half empty room in a desperate bid to get their head above water financially. Live At The Roundhouse also contains a confronting and gut wrenching performance by frontman Marcus Bridge, as he battles through songs about his harrowing childhood live for the first time. Those who tuned into Negative Energy got a sneak peak of the band playing “Sleepless” for the first time – a song they will never play live again.

“One of the most incredible, moving moments we’ve ever had on stage for me was when we played Sleepless for the first time at our show at the Roundhouse,” starts guitarist Josh Smith. “Knowing what events had transpired not too long before that, and what the song was about I could tell Marcus was struggling when I got up there. By the time the song had finished he was in tears and he just soldiered on though the rest of the encore like nothing was wrong at all. I could tell on the inside he was just bleeding out. It was one of the bravest moments I’ve ever witnessed.”

WATCH: NORTHLANE – NEGATIVE ENERGY DOCUMENTARY

Following this concert, a fully revitalised Northlane went on to complete the biggest tour of their career, selling out most shows across the globe. Back home, Alien scored the band their third Top 5 Chart debut and third ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Album. Alien was their highest selling debut worldwide.

Live At The Roundhouse is only available to stream for two nights only. Don’t miss the chance to witness one of the most important shows in Northlane’s history. Tickets are on sale now at northlaneband.com

NORTHLANE
LIVE AT THE ROUNDHOUSE 

Produced by Neal Walters, Mixed & Mastered by Chris Blancato

STREAMING ONLINE FOR TWO NIGHTS ONLY
Available at
 northlaneband.com

FRIDAY AUG 21 Live At The Roundhouse PPV screening 1 @ 8pm LOCAL TIME
SATURDAY AUG 22 Live At The Roundhouse PPV screening 2 @ 8pm LOCAL TIME

 

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