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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. 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 was a bold leap forward; the work of a group fighting their way out & moving forward rather than looking back. It resulted in the act’s third ARIA award and a sold out world tour. Following on, A frantic and pulsating fever dream, “Clockwork” sees Northlane build on the foundations they laid with their award-winning album, Alien, while continuing to smash through all boundaries and expectations. “Clockwork” was penned by frontman Marcus Bridge and serves as an insight into the mind of a musician forced to be creative after a devastating year and the toll this took on him. With a looming deadline and no inspiration, “Clockwork” is the soundtrack to unrelenting anxiety in the face of uncertainty.