RULED BY RAPTORS have just released their outstanding new EP, Silent Sound. The highly praised alternative quartet have also unveiled their a new single and video, Cleftones – https://youtu.be/7C8PeYmyR5M.
Newcastle four-piece, RULED BY RAPTORS, surfaced fully-formed in 2018, playing an exhilarating and achingly earnest brand of post-hardcore that smartly balances grit and heft with formidable melodic chops, framed with proggy sensibility. Featuring Chris Bradley (Vocals/Guitars), Matthew Dewar (Guitars/Vocals), Nick Oliver (Bass), and Will Robson (Drums), RULED BY RAPTORS wasted no time in unleashing their debut EP, Ourobouros, which arrived in 2019, and was self-produced and mastered by esteemed producer, Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me the Horizon, Motorhead and Funeral for a Friend). Ourobourous was an ideal showcase piece and adeptly extracted influence from such luminaries as Biffy Clyro, Deftones, and At The Drive-in. The EP harvested the support of the UK underground with many citing the record’s guile, as well as its diversity and ability to be almost simultaneously heavy and pleasingly melodic. The release was backed with a full tour schedule, that included a run of dates with MC Lars, Mega Ran, and Koo Koo Kanga Roo.
As the world paused during the Covid pandemic, the foursome regrouped and commenced work on their next release with Romesh Dodangoda. RULED BY RAPTORS arose from Dodangoda’s Longwave Studio in Cardiff armed with their four-track sophomore EP, Silent Sound, and it’s a record that begs to be witnessed. Heavier and even more contagious than their previous record, Silent Sound is a powerful statement and one that utterly demonstrates RULED BY RAPTORS’ true talent. Vocalist and guitarist, Chris Bradley, comments about the EP: “You can only write about what you know. I usually write quite literally, but this time I wanted to use more descriptive writing and metaphor, as I felt it more suited the content of the songs. The name Silent Sound is something we all felt was fairly apt for both the mental health and the political aspects of the EP and derives from the lyrics of Oxy’s Moron.”
‘Silent Sound’ EP track listing: 1) Waves, 2) Dance Of Wolves, 3) Cleftones, 4) Oxy’s Moron.