Anciients, the Canadian outfit who gave us the sneaky good progressive metal debut Heart of Oak way back in 2013 (and who we first wrote about when they were unsigned and still called “Ancients”) are back with a new track and album. They’ve not-so-sneakily premiered the lead track, “Following the Voice,” from their upcoming record over at Blabbermouth late last week. They described it as such:
Voice Of The Void [is] somewhat of a step in a new direction lyrically and musically. [We] think it still has the sound we developed on Heart Of Oak but the riffs are a lot heavier at times and the lyrics are far more cynical and dark.
With all of the chaos happening on this planet as of late, it seems as though things will get worse before they get better, and that kind of embodies the theme of this album as a whole.
While that synopsis might not be the most flowery way to put it, it’s honest and accurate. “Following the Voice” is in the same vein as the journey metal of the Heart of Oak material – sprawling and littered with killer riffs and leads – but the way the end of the track winds down is what has me giddy. I don’t think I’ve heard anything quite that beefy from these guys before, so this will not sneak by anyone on October 14. Listen for yourself:
Preorder Voice of the Void (out October 14 on Season of Mist) here.