CONVERGE Frontman JACOB BANNON Launches Death Metal Project UMBRA VITAE
March 31, 2020
CONVERGE frontman Jacob Bannon has joined forces with guitarists Sean Martin (TWITCHING TONGUES, ex-HATEBREED) and Mike McKenzie (THE RED CHORD, STOMACH EARTH),bassist Greg Weeks (THE RED CHORD) and drummer Jon Rice (UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS, ex-JOB FOR A COWBOY) in a new death metal project called UMBRA VITAE (named after a poem by Georg Heym, first published in 1912). UMBRA VITAE's debut album, "Shadow Of Life", will be released on May 1 via Bannon's own Deathwish Inc. label.
"I absolutely adore being in CONVERGE — it's been a part of the fabric of my being since I was a kid," Bannon tells Revolver. "I've spent more than half my life in it. But it's also not really a metal band, although it has metal leanings at times and it's hyper-aggressive. This is the closest thing I've done that's rooted in more traditional death metal, at least in terms of speed and ferocity and heaviness."
UMBRA VITAE's lead single, "Return To Zero", can be streamed below.
"'Return To Zero' is about removing resistance in one's life in order to be best version of 'you' that one can be," Bannon says. "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.
"Bite down on the chain Bow down to no one Destroy the ego Radiate love Carve out a purpose Where there was none Compassionately Wipe up the blood Remove resistance And exit the cage Climb to your feet Accept your rage It's time to reclaim What's rightfully yours Bite down on the chain And bow down to no one"
The "Shadow Of Life" cover art was created by Janusz Jurek and can be seen below.
"Shadow Of Life" track listing:
01. Decadence Dissolves 02. Ethereal Emptiness 03. Atheist Aesthetic 04. Mantra Of Madness 05. Fear Is A Fossil 06. Polluted Paradise 07. Intimate Inferno 08. Return To Zero 09. Blood Blossom 10. Shadow Of Life
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