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While She Sleeps Premiere “DOWN” Video, Malevolence’s Alex Taylor Guests


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British metalcore outfit While She Sleeps have released their new track “DOWN“, which boasts a guest vocal appearance from Alex Taylor of fellow Sheffield, UK band Malevolence. It’s the latest single to arrive from While She Sleeps‘ sixth studio album “Self Hell“, due out March 15th.

While She Sleeps guitarist Sean Long commented of the track:

“‘Down‘ has been a central pillar in the new album throughout the writing process of ‘Self Hell‘. Loz was completely on fire and it gave a reminiscent early Sleeps style to the track. The working title for this song was ‘Film-Riffs’ simply because it sounded like it could be in an action movie. And it will. That’s exactly what it is. A high-intensity new sound that you can’t not bang your head to.

It was one of the first demos that we knew would be an integral part of the album, it houses all elements of the last 10+ years, yet we have also taken steps to excite ourselves in new areas and introduced new sounds to our advantage. The unmistakable MS20 has made its footprint on the new sound of Sleeps and gives the song an instant identity as soon as it starts.

The song is about our deepest desire to feel free from the grips of our own compulsions; trauma, past, society, and everything in between. While we all face this journey in life there are always obstacles that hinder our progress on the path. More often than not these manifests in the form of people who simply get in the way of your freedom and bring you down.”

The band themselves directed and edited the accompanying music video, sharing their process of how they achieved it in the opening scenes of the clip. Guitarist Mat Welsh had the following to share of that:

“The video is created from the core of our ethos, we wanted to make something that embodied the attitude of Sleeps, in our most natural environment. In a time where AI is taking over and technology is everywhere you turn, the idea behind the video was to take things in the opposite direction by physically delivering the lyrics and emotion of the song.

Using only ourselves, a small space, some paint and the creativity and expression we harness, it took us seven days to shoot and we definitely underestimated the level of detail it required. The shortest road doesn’t equal the best journey and we believe that good things come through focus and hard work. This video is a testament to that.”

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