WRISTMEETRAZOR have premiered their new single, “Anemic (The Same Six Words),” with an accompanying visual by Errick Easterday, via Alternative Press. Read the exclusive interview and listen/watch here. The site is so overloaded with ads that it will probably crash yur computer, so feel free to check out the new track above.
“Anemic (The Same Six Words)” is the second single to be taken from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, Replica of a Strange Love, due for release via Prosthetic Records on June 11. It further expands on WRISTMEETRAZOR’s intoxicating metalcore sound.
Speaking on the single’s premiere, vocalist/bassist Justin Fornof comments to AP: “The song is an observation I’ve made over years of playing music and being involved in music scenes. It’s indicative of both human nature and the insecurity-plagued social media nightmare we routinely subject ourselves to. We are uniquely judged by peers who don’t know us, who secretly anticipate our failures. I think it’s the most relatable set of lyrics on the record.
“I created a metaphor when writing the lyrics that I thought summed up the entire concept. You’re trapped at the bottom of a dark well, treading water while the level slowly fills. The longer you tread, the more leeches you attract. More and more effort is exerted to keep your head above the surface, and the closer you to get to climbing out the more blood is drained from your body. In a lot of ways, it’s a Catch 22: You either escape as a shell of who you used to be or sink and become a leech.”
Replica of a Strange Love is a modern take on metalcore; building on the foundations of their past to leave a shimmering trail of visceral energy in their wake. Isaac Hale of Knocked Loose made his production debut on the album, and also made a cameo on the first single, Last Tango In Paris. The album was engineered and mixed by Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording Studios, before being mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
Through his lyrics, Justin Fornof deconstructs his own psyche in the wake of Misery Never Forgets, observing heartbreak through a philosophical lens. Replica of a Strange Love is introspective, utilizing the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, LaVey and more to make sense of human reactions and sociological phenomena specific to ongoing events. Hopeless romanticism is the past — personal philosophy is the present.
From their roots as a DIY band — Jonah Thorne started WMR as a solo project before joining forces with Fornof for his creative vision before later welcoming Bryan Prosser and Tyler Norris for their eclectic skill sets and artistry — WRISTMEETRAZOR have blossomed into a force to be reckoned with. Still driven by the desire to get down in the dirt in a live arena, expect to see this four-piece in a town near you as soon as is possible.
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The video for first single “Last Tango in Paris” premiered over at Revolver. Watch it here. Hale makes a guest vocal appearance on the song.