“Beacon Of Faith,” the title track to the incoming third album by Vancouver, British Columbia-based metallic hardcore punk group, Baptists, is now available on all digital platforms ahead of the album’s release through Southern Lord later this month.
Beacon Of Faith broadly follows the same trajectory as the album’s predecessors, Bushcraft (2013) and Bloodmines (2014) – combining raw adrenaline-fuelled emotion, venomous vocal delivery, gigantic guitar sound, and a visceral rhythmic propulsion – a sonic manifestation of desolate rage, bolstered by a palpable sense of urgency.
Beacon Of Faith is densely-packed yet Baptists’ sound is far from claustrophobic, there is melody amongst the dissonance, as the band more deeply explore the noise rock vistas that have always underpinned their sound.
Lyrics are drawn from their direct experience of a broken society and general discontentment with everyday life. A multitude of issues are in the firing line, from the Canadian court system, issues surrounding substance abuse, mental health, and how the more fortunate “tend to dismiss people who have been dealt a less-fortunate hand” – as guitarist Danny also reflects.
Beacon Of Faith was recorded at Godcity in Salem. Massachusetts with Kurt Ballou in July 2017, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.
Southern Lord will release Beacon Of Faith
on all formats on May 25th; the vinyl has been slightly delayed. Find preorder bundles – including reissues of the band’s prior albums, Bushcraft
– at the Southern Lord Europe webstore
, and digital preorders and stream the track “Capsule” at Bandcamp