Spanish trash metal masters Angelus Apatrida are now unveiling their brand new single, ‘To Whom It May Concern,’ along with a deep and thought-provoking new music video. The track is taken from the band’s eighth studio album, “Aftermath,” which is due on October 20, 2023 via Century Media Records. The clip was scripted and directed by Juan Castillo, J. L. Auñón and Lalo Davia de Kameo Producciones.
Angelus Apatrida vocalist/guitarist Guillermo Izquierdo comments on the single: “Let me introduce you one of the most complex, personal, deep and solid songs we’ve ever written. This is an unfinished letter written to whom it may concern, an open-hearted composition with very deep and emotional music and lyrics, together with super heavy, fast riffs, crazy drums and licks, including one of the most epic guitar solos that David has ever composed. The video is a work of art again done by Kameo Producciones, it reflects perfectly every single part, light and dark side of the music and the lyrics themselves. It’s a long song, but you will want more. Please, enjoy it.”
“Aftermath” follows Angelus Apatrida‘s 2021 eponymous full-length, which topped the official album charts in Spain at # 1. The release also debuted in Germany at # 49 and Switzerland at # 41.
The album features a diverse cast of guest appearances by vocalist Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), guitarist Pablo García (Warcry), singer Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) and rapper Sho-Hai. The album was once again self-produced by the band, with recordings handled by Juanan López at Baboon Records in Albacete, Spain and mixing and mastering by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Overkill, Hatebreed, Municipal Waste, Shadows Fall).
Spain’s greatest ever exponents of forward-thinking thrash metal began their campaign at the turn of the century and have been a consistent force for heavy music ever since. From their ferocious 2006 debut album “Evil Unleashed” and 2010’s widely acclaimed “Clockwork” (the band’s first for Century Media), to more recent triumphs like 2018’s “Cabaret de la Guillotine,” Angelus Apatrida has become increasingly unstoppable. In 2023, they will release “Aftermath,” a vicious and vital response to the chaos we see all around us.
“Every time we sit down and write new music, we try to do the best we can and to put all the new things and experiences we had over the last few years into the mix,” says Guillermo. “The new songs are pure Angelus Apatrida. They’ve got every single essence of the band. There are many songs containing more personal feelings than on previous records. We’re going deep into our souls and feelings sometimes. Since we are living strange, difficult and dark times, we liked the concept of an aftermath. After everything that has happened since 2020 and is still happening in the world, in our society, and in our lives, a lot of strong feelings have come through in the music and lyrics.”
“We can describe “Aftermath” as what metal means to us,” Guillermo continues: “It contains the best songs we’ve ever written. It is just very difficult to pick just one or two highlights on this album since every single track could be a single itself.”
“Aftermath” is undoubtedly the most heartfelt and powerful record in Angelus Apatrida’s illustrious history, but it’s also one of the heaviest and most direct. From the neck-wrecking adrenaline rush of opener ‘Scavenger’ to the dark might of the closing ‘Vultures And Butterflies,’ the Spanish quartet’s eighth studio record displays the songwriting muscle and playing prowess of bands like Metallica, Testament and Pantera, while still delivering a huge, jolting dose of the band’s distinctive trademark attack.
Pre-orders for “Aftermath” are now live HERE.