Pridelands: Announce Debut Album ‘Light Bends’ Out 14 January 2022 & Release Brand New Single And Video For ‘The Lake Of Twisted Limbs’


Melbourne-based, five-piece metal band Pridelands announce the details of their highly anticipated debut studio album, Light Bends, out January 14, 2022, via Resist Records in Australia and SharpTone Records for the rest of the world.

Pre-order Light Bends here.

Light Bends was mixed by acclaimed producer George Lever at G1 Productions, UK (Sleep Token, Loathe) and mastered by Ermin Hamidovic at Systematic Productions (Architects, Northlane, Periphery).

“As we went into the studio to record our debut record, we were eager to take a risk in how we wanted it to sound. We aimed to create 11 stylistically very different tracks, each one written using a different writing style to the previous. We wanted a record that felt like you aren’t listening to the same song twice; a record whereas all the tracks sit together, it becomes a cohesive yet ever-changing journey for the listener. And we feel we achieved more than we had hoped for with Light Bends.” says drummer, Joe Lipsham.

Vocalist, Joshua Corey explains the single, The Lake Of Twisted Limbs, “It’s a metaphor for feeling as though you are standing still while the Earth spins out of control around you. It’s about feeling powerless. Written from the perspective of someone who’s trying to bring a loved one back from the brink of despair, this song concludes with a realisation that, when all is said and done, we can only take care of #1.

Watch the video for The Lake Of Twisted Limbs here:

“For The Lake Of Twisted Limbs film clip, it was important that we involved a team of people that not only understood the themes and meaning behind the song itself, but could take that and creatively make it into a more cinematic experience for the viewer.

Through working with director Ed Reiss and editor Kieran Ellis-Jones, we focused on bringing the viewers’ attention to the relationship dynamic between the protagonist and antagonist as they move through a heavy-hearted and dark narrative. Through exploring themes of desperation, constriction and love, we wanted to exhibit the feelings of trying to help those closest to you as they slowly slip out of reach, into darkness.

Ed and Kieran were passionate about creating supporting imagery that could enhance the understanding of the viewer as they move through the different scenes of the clip. Whether it was the constricting water shots contrasting with the free-flow contemporary dancing of the characters, or the quick sequences of alternating colours and lighting, the team successfully pulled off the creation of some dark yet beautiful imagery that we were hoping for.” says Joe Lipsham.

The arrangements throughout Pridelands’ striking 11-song collection are supple, lurching, unpredictable and exhilarating. Prepare to be blown away by sudden shifts in tone as serene moments are invaded, unexpectedly, by brutality and chaos. An undercurrent of unease simmers menacingly below the surface, but there’s a sense that catharsis is just out of reach. Pridelands take aim and really take it there on their debut record.

Light Bends is one hellavu wild ride; prepare for the best possible kind of mayhem when Pridelands deliver these blistering songs in a live setting.

After winning the triple j Unearthed competition to perform on UNIFY Gathering’s main stage in 2019, the band will be returning to perform at UNIFY Forever in 2022.

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