After releasing an explosive comeback EP last December, LOCKED IN are back with a new chapter in their saga. The new addition to their discography is “The Solemn Leap” EP, out April 23rd on all digital platforms. It’s a ferocious beast of shredding riffs, angry vocal lines, banging drums and intense lyrics. It’s a balanced mix between hardcore punk and metal, personal yet direct in lyrics, spontaneous and reflective at the same time.
The 7 year hiatus they interrupted with the previous “Not Dead Yet” seem to be a distant memory and the band, with some line up adjustments (one of them being Tommy, former guitarist in the metal juggernaut Fleshgod Apocalypse), is in great shape.
The “Solemn Leap” features remarkable guests that enhance the quality of the songs on four out of five tracks: Samall Ali (from Slander), Lorenzo (from Hierophant), Josh (from To Kill and Galeforce) and Inno.
The content of these songs is incredibly intense and this particular moment in history we are all living makes this record even more meaningful.
The band comments: “In the last year we had the chance to experience confinement and fear. Awful times came in conjunction with the chance to meet ourselves.
This extraordinary event put a strain on several people and some of them unfortunately did not make it. We decided to dedicate our thoughts to those who couldn’t have faith or take one more step to save themselves and avoid misery.
It is not a matter of religion, nor a matter of self-determination. What we mean by “faith” is a moment of lucidity when we trust in what we can do as human beings and what we can do as individuals with their own limitations.
The awareness that sometimes we need to make a change without conditioning nor second thoughts. Sometimes it all really comes down to a precise moment. It is a moment of quietude, a moment of clarity, a solemn instant when we can make a choice that will keep everything up and change everything at the same time”.
“The Solemn Leap” sees a renewed collaboration with Epidemic Records, which is considering a limited vinyl run for these two EPs in the near future.