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Alien, the 5th album from Sydney metallers Northlane tells the story of vocalist Marcus Bridge’s journey out of hell.
For a band that has traditionally focused on wider issues in the outside world, it is easily the most personal album of their career. While some listeners might assume that the title Alien is a continuation of the space & futuristic themes that have characterized previous Northlane albums. It is instead a reflection of the alienation vocalist Bridge felt as a child & the frustration of the band as they hit the lowest point of their careers.
Northlane, bowed but not broken, continued to write songs about the deep & personal issues. Spending more than a year being “very meticulous with our melodies & ideas” says Bridge. They began to take control of their careers, with guitarist Josh Smith assuming management duties.
The band then found comfort in returning to familiar haunts to record Alien, such as Chris Blancato’s studio in Sydney, where their first EP, 2010’s Hollow Existence was recorded. Bridge did his vocals at Sydney’s Electric Sun Studios, where the quintet made their 2011 debut album, Discoveries.
For a band marking their 10th anniversary in 2019, Alien is a bold leap forward; the work of a group fighting their way out & moving forward rather than looking back. Their previous three albums may have debuted in the Top 5 in Australia – Node going on to win an ARIA Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album – Northlane are in no mood to play it safe.


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