Remember The Agony Scene? It’s been a while, but the metalcore outfit have announced their triumphant return with their first album since 2007’s Get Damned. On July 20th, Tormentor will arrive via Outerloop Records/Cooking Vinyl and today (25th), the group premiered the song “Hand of the Divine.”
Guitarist Chris Emmons told Revolver the following:
“There is an underlying theme to much of the record, and that is the idea of an insane, manipulative creator, a ‘Tormentor’ of all mankind, if you will. The lyrics also touch on the idea that an unquestioning belief in such a creator and an infallible doctrine can lead to a more chaotic and dark world in many cases,
‘Hand of the Divine’ was written about the Rubio murders that took place in Brownsville, Texas in 2003. These murders occurred as a result of a man who believed that his three children were possessed by demons. The video for ‘Hand of the Divine’ follows along the theme of an insane creator, but does have some loose parallels with the Rubio murders. It tells the story of ‘The Binding of Isaac’ that can be found in the texts of the Abrahamic religions. This story finds god demanding Abraham to sacrifice his son as an offering, proving his love and obedience. An insane and criminal act by modern standards and law. The story is portrayed a bit loosely, taking interpretations from multiple texts.”
Check out the track below and preorder the album here.