Iconic vocalist LANCE KING has revealed a new video, “Reaction Formation,” from his second solo album, ReProgram, released last week via his own Nightmare Records. The video is available to view for the first time below.
With “Reaction Formation,” the original voice behind Pyramaze, Avian, Balance of Power and Gemini has delivered a visually-immersive video that perfectly complements KING‘s powerful progressive metal style and thought-provoking lyrics.
LANCE KING says of the song’s video and message: “It’s an animated visual upload, representing the idea that people often do the opposite of what they truly want because of their fear of others’ reactions, which is a learned coping mechanism that many don’t realize they have. It generally manifests from very judgmental elders growing up, programming a person’s desire for others constant approval. Wearing this mask. does not allow a person to be authentic, even to themselves. It puts them on a repetitious cycle that will sabotage their dreams and relationships and ultimately their joys in life, resulting many times in depression and a fatalistic perception of the world. The single most powerful thing you can do is unlearn the limiting beliefs you have accepted as truths in your youth. This frees you from the chains that bind, the chains of the subconscious mind.”
ReProgram was co-produced by LANCE KING and renowned producer/guitarist Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Evergrey, Epica, Amaranthe). The album features an array of established co-writers and talented featured performers, including Kim Olesen (Anubis Gate), Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater/Harmony), Matt Hodsdon (Chaos Frame), Rich Hinks (Annihilator/Aeon Zen), Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze/Anubis Gate), Fred Columbo (Spheric Universe Experience), Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), and Jakob Riis (L Wood Joy).
Lyrically, the album explores themes including societal ills and the subjective nature of truth. Lance dives further into the human psyche than any rock performer in recent memory and this intellectual but soul-centered approach sets LANCE KING apart from his peers in the global metal community. There is a constant dissonance in our lives, and ReProgram looks to find harmony in the dissonant world that we have created.
An album for the seekers of truth, for the ones who carry the fire and never let it die.
ReProgram track listing:
2. Pointing Fingers
3. Stand your Ground
5. Reaction Formation
7. Wide Open
9. Spell of Domestication
10. Perfect World
11. A Mind at War
LANCE KING is best-known to metal fans as the owner US-based metal label Nightmare Records and for singing with Danish/American power prog metal band Pyramaze from 2003 to 2007. He was also part of the British/American prog power band Balance of Power from 1997 to 2003 and the American hair/prog power metal band Gemini from 1985 to 1993. He has worked with other labels as well, including Pony Canyon, Point Music, Massacre, King, Replica, Melodic Heaven, Metal Heaven, Avalon/Marquee, Toshiba/EMI, Rubicon, Advantage, Frontline Rock, Silent and CD Maximum.