Pretoria, South Africa: things are moving quickly now for progressive metal act Raptorbaby since unveiling the artwork for their debut full-length album Citadel. Today, they have released the first official single off the new album, along with a stunning lyric video for ‘The Group’; having consigned their original 2015 single ‘The Lost’ rather to b-side status (along with 2014 ‘Atlantis’ single release) although the original ‘Sleepers Awake’ has been retained, along with much of the material from their 2013 The Hatchling EP.
“We felt we did not do justice to the potential of those songs, we’ve polished up our production process since then.” ~ Doug Jenkinson (guitar, Raptorbaby)
Of course, with a full-length debut, there are always some questions and especially when a band has evolved through member changes; none so dramatic as a new vocalist. In a previous interview, Raptorbaby described how every dark cloud has it’s silver lining, as was the case when vocalists changed out in 2014 leading to the album which will be unleashed next week on 05 October.
“Since Vince came on board, we’ve really been able to embrace some of our Grindcore and Mathcore influences, stuff that never quite worked before, which has opened our writing up to some interesting new possibilities. ‘Atlantis’ really showed off that side – some serious chaos while also being beautiful – while ‘The Lost’ is a contrast in soundscapes, where Vince really shines on vocals. All of this together means that we can make a really chaotic yet emotional album, which has always been our goal.” ~ Doug Jenkinson (guitar, Raptorbaby)
Today’s single, ‘The Group’ represents something of a kick-off point for the album in spite of being the third track; as it follows two tracks which seem almost “instrumental” in character. Even though the introductory tracks do feature voice and words, they seem to create a feeling of anticipation and build-up towards what ‘The Group’ then introduces as the tone for the remainder of the Citadel album. The visuals for the lyric video were hand-animated by artist Alyssa Prinsloo.
“We’re hoping to produce quite a few videos for the rest of the album, but this video is just here to introduce the song to everyone. The lyrics are very powerful so we thought it was a nice starting point with a lyric video.” ~ Doug Jenkinson
Citadel launch tour dates:
06 October @ Mercury live, Cape Town with Red Tape Rebellion and Orchard
07 October @ The Rabbit Hole, Durbanville with Not My Pharaoh, Echoes Through Eternity and Beeldenstorm
08 October @ ROAR, Observatory for 18 Till I Die with Strident, Infanteria, Moment Of Clarity and more
21 October @ Sundowners, Alberton with Nerve Zero, Poverty Of Ideals and Hokum
22 October @ Shivas, Pretoria with Maximum Carnage and Bleeding Spawn
27 October @ Rumours Lounge, Weltevreden Park with PitVirus, Aimed At You and Poverty Of Ideals