Hardcore band, THE WARRIORS, have premiered their new single, “Burn From The Lion”.
“This song is about destroying the ego” explains frontman Marshall Lichtenwaldt. “This is a lifelong, unseen battle that most of us are completely unaware that we’re being called to fight. This war must be waged in solitude, on an individual basis”.
In the time since The Warriors released their last album, a lot has changed – not just in music, but in the world at large. But, true to their tenacious past, The Warriors’ fifth full-length album, “Monomyth” confronts these sea changes head-on – all the while not losing an ounce of the intensity that made them one of the underground’s most captivating heavy acts in the mid-2000s. The result is their most complete work to date: an album that demands your attention from its first note to its final strains, all along the way challenging listeners both musically and in message. It’s an album built for modern times, written by those who’ve carefully lived it from afar.
The Warriors are frontman Marshall Lichtenwaldt, drummer Roger Camero, bassist Joe Martin, and guitarists Javier Zarate and Charlie Alvarez.
When writing “Monomyth”, frontman Marshall Lichtenwaldt found inspiration in The Kybalion as well as the concept of the hero’s journey, analyzed and popularized by Joseph Campbell in his book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” (which also served as a major influence on “Star Wars” creator George Lucas). These themes are distilled into the album’s 12 songs, juxtaposed against Eastern philosophies and meditative transcendental teachings that reverberate even louder when placed atop the band’s caustic brand of hardcore.
With its focus on looking inward, “Monomyth” ultimately serves to soundtrack each listener’s own personal hero’s journey, ebbing and flowing as life does – while ultimately reinforcing a few key imperatives, chief among them the need to destroy the ego holding us back from being our best self. In the context of a 21st-century culture that finds us building façades as a form of self-survival, it feels like The Warriors have more to say than ever before.
“People tend to get sucked into this vacuum with everything that’s happening in the news” Lichtenwaldt says “It’s all just a bunch of bullshit. If we wanna talk about hardcore, we need to start thinking in terms of doing things that are actually hard: Being nice to someone who doesn’t deserve it. Being kind and compassionate to someone who hasn’t earned it. If you can do that, it causes a ripple effect that reverberates farther than you can imagine. Living for others can be the hardest thing to do sometimes. Once you do that, you start feeling more fulfilled”.
“Burn From The Lion” lyrics
Look in the mirror and what do I see?
A man longing to pierce the circumference of the tree
and understand the mystery of me
A likeness of the earth found in my shadow
I can’t help you
move from your bed
Raise salt from the dead head
Burn from the lion, red as fire
Burn from the lion!
…To understand the mystery of me…
You’ll never see the mystery of me
Compass, long and weary squares
placed upon the lips of kings
Leveled by humility
Absolutely knowing absolutely nothing
This path has always been my own to carry
I thirst. I dream. I burn.
I thirst, I dream, I burn from the shadow of my urn
I can’t help you move from your bed
Raise salt from the dead head
Burn from the lion
Three times I suffered your name.
The torch was lit to carry the flame, come on!
Catch me as I burn. Burn from the lion.
Five times, time, time will take a while.
Fall back asleep. Greet you with a smile
as I burn! Burn from the lion.
Seven snakes wrapped around wrists.
Fibrous roots, deep restless twists.
Burn! Burn from the lion.