A new supergroup has entered the playing field and they go by Umbra Vitae. The band consists of members from several bands such as Converge, The Red Chord, Twitching Tongues, and Job For a Cowboy. You can view the full lineup below:
- Vocals: Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, Blood From The Soul)
- Guitars/vocals: Mike “Gunface” McKenzie (The Red Chord, Wear Your Wounds, Stomach Earth)
- Guitars/vocals: Sean Martin (Twitching Tongues, Wear Your Wounds, ex-Hatebreed)
- Bass: Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex, etc.)
- Drums: Jon Rice (Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, ex-Job For A Cowboy, etc.)
The band has dropped a new song called “Return to Zero” and will be releasing their debut album Shadow of Life on May 1st via Deathwish Inc. Frontman, Jacob Bannon, mentions that the band formed when practicing Wear Your Wounds material and having the urge to play more aggressive music. He also reveals the band name was derived from Georg Heym‘s 1913 poem.
“After reading the piece from Heym, I immediately felt connected to it. Later, while working on the previous Wear Your Wounds album, my love for Death Metal was rekindled. This was likely a reaction to working on non-aggressive music for such a concentrated period. As these songs started to form, the ominous nature of that original poem came to mind.
In many ways it embodied the character of what we were all creating together. For me, Umbra Vitae is darkly confrontational and my own internal struggles are nested within each song. At this point in my life it is of the utmost importance to use this art and music as the vehicle for a healthy purge of emotion. By design, even in something this intense, there is righteous intent to be a better human through the process of creating it.”
Luckily, Bannon was able to call upon fellow Converge bandmate, Kurt Ballou for production and mixing duties. The band has already dropped a track called, “Return to Zero” and Bannon explained the backstory of the song.
“‘Return To Zero‘ is about removing resistance in one’s life in order to be best version of ‘you’ that one can be. I feel that this is a relatable topic for many. What resistance is and how it manifests is unique to every single one of us. For me, this is a constant process and essential to being a better husband, father, friend, artist and human. Below you’ll find a section of the lyrics that state this better than I can in paragraph form. Thank you to everyone who continues to listen.”
You can pre-order the Shadow Of Life here and watch “Return to Zero” below!
Keep updated with Umbra Vitae here.
Tags: Converge, Greg Weeks, Jacob Bannon, Job for a Cowboy, Jon Rice, Mike "Gunface" McKenzie, Sean Martin, The Red Chord, Twitching Tongues