Premiere Of New Single "Watching My Every Move" From Dragonsclaw
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Metal has evolved over the course of its existence, sometimes to the point where its traditional styles have become the minority. The younger generation of fans that have missed out on trailblazers like Warlord, Jag Panzer, Agent Steel or Abattoir of the mid-80's can turn to a new hope down under with Australia's Dragonsclaw. The band burst upon the scene with the debut LP "Prophecy" back in March of 2012 and have finished work on the sophomore effort "Judgement Day." The Aussies just announced that they have signed on with Killer Metal Records in Germany for the album, expected this year.
Today, through Metal Underground.com, the band premiere's its new single "Watching My Every Move," the opening track off the new album, which features guest vocalist, Ex-Accept and current PowerWorld crooner David Reece. Dragonsclaw vocalist Giles Lavery explains: "[W]e wanted to hit hard, much the same way we did with the track "Darkness within" on our first album, but this one is a little more melodic than that though, it's just as heavy, but with a more melodic chorus."
Lavery went on to explain the meaning behind the single and the role of David Reece: "[T]he song is inspired by the 'Psycho' films, so the lyrics are a split personality, two voices talking to each other. I wasn't getting any satisfaction singing both parts myself...it just didn't have the right dynamic that i wanted, but the moment we got David Reece to jump in as the "other voice," it instantly worked!"
Have a listen to the new track here:
As a bonus, Giles Lavery has provided a special track-by-track analysis of the entire "Judgement Day" album here:
1. WATCHING MY EVERY MOVE:
Obviously this is the opening track of the album, and the first single too... so we wanted to hit hard, much the same way we did with the track "Darkness within" on our first album, but this one is a little more melodic than that though, it's just as heavy, but with a more melodic chorus... the song is inspired by the "Psycho" films, so the lyrics are a split personality, two voices talking to each other. I wasn't getting any satisfaction singing both parts myself... it just didn't have the right dynamic that i wanted...but the moment we got David Reece to jump in as the "other voice," it instantly worked! I really like Ben's solo here too!
2. ONSET OF WAR:
This is something Ben and Aaron worked on, Ben's idea was to have an instrumental leading up to the title track, and i think it turned out really strong.
3. JUDGEMENT DAY:
The title track! again, a heavy song but with a very melodic and catchy main hook and chorus, this is a song about an uprising of a cyborg population... "The streets have a new defender", perhaps a little influenced by Terminator 2? We played this live on the Blaze Bayley/Paul Dianno tour, and it fit right into the set and went down great...always a good sign!
One of the first tracks we came up with while writing this album. It went through so many different lyrical re-writes. I just couldn't decide what i wanted to say. In the end the theme of "the passage of time" suited it well. Its a fast blazing speed burner that does not relent until the end!
One of a few songs on this album that I personally think shows some added diversity this time. A slower more menacing track with a powerful heavy chorus; Ray brought the initial idea in and we reworked it and reworked it. We probably spent more time on this track than any other Dragonsclaw track so far. I think it benefited greatly from the extra attention to detail. One of my favourites on the album! We got Natalie Whitton from the CURSING STONE to add some choir vocals in the very gothic middle part...she did a great job! But yes, this track is a slower, almost doomy sounding song.
6. FLY: DEFENDERS OF THE SKIES - PART II:
Kinda the same musical idea as the first "Defenders" from the first album. Well, the vocal melody in the first couple verses is similar, but then come the chorus it goes off into something completely different, then with the orchestral middle section and on toward the end, it's different again, but a very, very memorable chorus...very catchy and it has a little bit of an Iron Maiden feel in places. It's a "sequel" to the first Defenders and both are born of the same concept. The lyrics are a tribute to the legendary Chuck Yeager...if you haven't heard of him look him up!"
7. LUCIFER'S HAMMER (WARLORD COVER):
I love Warlord...I always have! Doing this cover was great! As a band, we aren't really into "covers," but this turned out really well. It's one of my favourite metal songs by one of my favourite metal bands! We stuck pretty close to the original here, as it's a brilliant song in it's original form and we didn't want to mess with that.
8. BATTLE CRY:
"Marching through the night...we hear your battle cry!" Riot guitarist Mark Reale passed away while we were writing this album. I love his songwriting, playing and the music RIOT have created over their almost 4 decades of making music, so i wanted to pay tribute to Mark and RIOT. The lyrics are mostly RIOT references. The song is about an "enduring character" that keeps "fighting until the end," which is how i would describe both Mark and Riot. Jack Starr (Burning Starr and Virgin Steele) contributed a great solo on this song. It was an honor to have a legend of U.S. metal such as Jack on this track! Also, we have a video for this song in the works too which I think is turning out very cool, The director of our "Darkness Within" video Jeremy Belinfante is working on a super cool concept with us, so look for it in the coming month!"
Once again, an example of something a little different than what we had on the first album. Another slower track, with an almost "Thin Lizzy-ish" harmony. I really really like this one! I get to explore some different things vocally here, which is something I really wanted to do. Singing high and holding those long screams is fun, but it's just one side of a vocal, and i wanted to show another side to my voice on this track. It's got quite a "haunting" or "eerie" vibe i think, and closes the album nicely.
For more information on Dragonsclaw and the new album, as well as to purchase the band's first album "Prophecy," head on over to the Official Facebook Page.
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