City of Souls: Drop new single Cruelty from Synaesthesia album out May 1

City Of Souls, fresh outta Auckland, New Zealand are today announcing the drop of another cut from their record SYNAESTHESIA (out on May 1 – pre-order here)! The new track, titled ‘Cruelty’, and possibly the heaviest cut to date, will be live in all good digital stores and streaming outlets Friday April 17th.

From vocalist Richie Simpson – “‘Cruelty’ was a demo I had been sitting on for a few years before I joined the band. It was complete structurally so it just needed a bit of a fine tune and it was in the bag. I’m really stoked the lads dug it and it made the record, I love playing it live. It has a real swing and swagger to it. Kinda makes me wanna dance like Snoop Dogg haha. I remember channelling some nine inch nails reptile into the seasick bending guitar layers over the intro riff… it gave this dark energy to it. I love the mood changes that layering can give an idea. Cruelty is about the damage a lack of empathy can cause.

SYNAESTHESIA has been an album five years in the making. Guitarist Marcus Powell elaborates:
City of Souls have hit every single obstacle and block you can imagine. For us, this album
is about endurance, passion, and a deep love for music…To say we are excited to release this album is an understatement.

City of Souls last dropped into Australia in 2019 to play the Progfest tour – and have made some headway into prog fans’ outside of NZ’s minds, having been spun on triple j’s The Racket, being added to rotation on The Faction, their videos premiered on Prog and being added to worldwide Spotify playlists New Metal Tracks, New Blood and Rock Out – which have put them in hundreds of thousands of ears!

One of New Zealand’s most reputable acts, City Of Souls was formed in August 2015 by guitarists Trajan Schwencke (Cold by Winter, In Dread Response) and Steve Boag (In Dread Response, Blacklistt). Vocalist Richie Simpson (New Way Home) found their existing tracks immediately captivating and joined the band. Guitarist Marcus Powell (founding member of multi-platinum bands Blindspott and Blacklistt) then joined, and the line-up was complete with Daniel Insley on Bass (Solstate) and Drummer Corey Friedlander (In Dread Response / 8 Foot Sativa).

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