Genre Bending Legends earthtone9 Release New Single “Navison Record”

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New Album ‘In Resonance Nexus’

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Iconic British metal band earthtone9 has unveiled their intense, thrash-infused new single, “Navison Record“. The track is the second release from their highly anticipated album, ‘In Resonance Nexus’, scheduled to drop on June 21st through Candlelight.

Comments vocalist Karl Middleton on the new single:

“‘Navison Record‘ is an absolute rager. It’s us really leaning into our thrash roots and going for it. The song is certainly different from et9s regular fare, but that’s because we wanted to include some songs on this album that really gave our fans (and people who are new to earthtone9) some different looks. No point in just retreading the past!! This tune is a real pit-friendly monster, and we just cannot wait to play it live.”

earthtone9 is rightly hailed by those who know as one of the most forward-thinking, clever, musically wise, and creatively smart in the history of British metal. Emerging in the late ‘90s as nu-metal was beginning to surge, their more nuanced palette and intelligent approach saw them hailed as something special and excitingly against the grain from the very beginning. Making an album a year between 1998 and 2000 – beginning with their expertly crafted ‘Lo-def(inition) Discord‘ debut and culminating in 2000’s staggering ‘Arc’tan’gent‘ – it was a work rate as intense as the music was uniformly brilliant.

After splitting in 2002 the band made a surprise return in 2013 with the crowdfunded album, ‘IV‘. Following this they made only occasional appearances in the live arena (including at the ArcTanGent Festival, which purloined its name from their third album!), before once again seeming to disappear on hiatus.

Now, 11 years on from their last record, they present ‘In Resonance Nexus‘, a thrilling work of brains and muscle that not only stokes a fire but sees the band’s core members – vocalist Karl Middleton and guitarists Owen Packard and Joe Roberts – rediscovering and reconnecting with what makes them so special. ‘In Resonance Nexus‘ is the heaviest, fiercest, most heightened record they have ever made; a startling combination of almost feral intensity and the latter-day songwriting chops they displayed on the ‘IV‘ album.

“’In Resonance Nexus‘, as a title, is saying that we’ve found the core and the essence of the band again,” says Karl. “We were digging deep to find common musical ground, and between Joe and Owen, and I, it really felt like there was a resonance there. It feels like we’ve landed on a really legitimate, 21st-century version of the band. We were asking, ‘Why are we doing this?’ and having a very authentic answer.”

Across the 10 featured tracks the band’s signature sound is present and correct but now expanded with touches of everything from doom, to black metal, to shoegaze and deathcore.

Gathering together almost 40 songs before carefully choosing what should make the album, ‘In Resonance Nexus‘ is a record that’s been slowly and patiently crafted and carved out by artists prepared to throw away anything that didn’t quite have the desired effect. The results – with drum duties taken on in the studio by Bullet For My Valentine’sJason Bowld – are a collection where every dynamic, moment of heaviness, thoughtful passage, and element of aggression is perfectly placed.

‘In Resonance Nexus’ Track List:

1. The Polyphony Of Animals

2. Navison Record

3. Under The Snake

4. Oceanic Drift

5. Black Swan Roulette

6. Lash Of The Tongues

7. Etiquette of Distortion

8. Observe Your Course (featuring Malli Malpass of

One Dice / ‘MetalHead’ on the BBC Show ‘The Ranganation’)

9. Third Mutuality

10. Strength Is My Weakness

The album was produced by British production master Lewis Johns at The Ranch in Southampton, a collaboration that brought the band’s vision further to life.

Lewis is unbelievable, super creative, super enthusiastic,” says Karl“We were attracted to the stuff he’s done with bands like Employed To ServeSvalbard, and Rolo Tomassi. He has a style, but you can also tell in everything he does that he enhances the vision of the band, rather than just imposing his thing. He was incredible in bringing the intensity and drive back into earthtone9.”

Completing the creative team is Colin Marks of Rain Song Design who created the stunning album art that runs throughout the release. 

More than anything, ‘In Resonance Nexus‘ represents the idea that some things are just too good and too special to lie perpetually dormant. With something as pure as earthtone9, that desire to create never truly leaves you. Eventually, even after a decade or more, it wants to come out again.

“For me, this album is about persistence in heart and knowing that you can pursue stuff and do it to a high standard at any point in time,” says Karl. “It’s more vital and urgent – like the absolute distillation of what we do. This feels like a definitive statement.”

Don’t call it a comeback – ‘In Resonance Nexus‘ is simply the next chapter in earthtone9’s story. One that’s worth the decade wait.

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