Sydney melodic metalcore outfit Polaris return today armed with a ferocious new single and video Nightmare.
Nightmare is taken from the group’s impending new album ‘Fatalism’, due out on September 1 via Resist Records in Australia and SharpTone Records for the rest of the world.
Featuring an equally ominous music video capturing the track’s dystopian themes, Nightmare also pays tribute to the recent devastating loss in the Polaris family – the passing of guitarist Ryan Siew – as drummer and lyricist Daniel Furnari explains: “We created this video with our friend Ben Wrigley, AKA Third Eye Visuals, who found some amazing locations and imagery to help us convey the track when paired with his brilliant editing skills. This was the second of three music videos we filmed with Ryan earlier this year. It has been a challenging and very emotional task to complete these videos in light of what has happened, but after careful discussion with his family we collectively felt that we wanted to share with the world the final things that Ryan created with us. We will proudly cherish the memories of him contained in this footage, and hope you will too.”
Viewers are advised that the following video contains images of Ryan Siew
Following the release of Inhumane – the first track from ‘Fatalism’ – Nightmare‘s origins trace back to the album’s infancy, penned in 2022 during a week-long writing session in the Blue Mountains.
“Nightmare is a reflection on the constant state of fear that the world at large seems to have lived in for much of the past couple of years – the feeling of waking up every day into a dystopia of uncertainty and anxiety where nothing really feels safe anymore,” shares Furnari. “The more I thought about it, the more I arrived at the conclusion that maybe this fear was the biggest thing we all had in common during a time of such great division – that our collective dread was our greatest unifier. That concept then really helped to shape the thematic direction of the rest of the record.
“This was the second song that was written for the album,” Furnari continues, “and it started with that chorus melody, chords and lyrics, which I brought to the guys to build a song around. We fleshed it out on our first writing trip to the mountains and it developed into a very riff-heavy song, with the guitar being passed back and forth a lot between Rick and Ryan and all of us weighing in, so I think we all had an early attachment to it for that reason.”
Fear: humanity’s great divider, but also its most potent unifier. It’s this very notion that lies at the beating core of Polaris’s third album ‘Fatalism’; a record shaped by the sense of despair and dystopia that engulfed the world over the past few years, and the overwhelming accompanying sensation that we were powerless to change course.
Polaris have already firmly established their place as a fixture in the Australian heavy landscape via their first two albums, the ARIA-nominated ‘The Death Of Me’ and 2017’s ‘The Mortal Coil’, which debuted in the Australian Top 10. They have been awarded a laundry list of accolades, album of the year mentions in end of year lists, sold-out countless headline tours of Australia and have toured across the globe. Not to mention performing at Download Festival, Unify Gathering in Australia, headlining Knight & Day Festival and most recently performing the 2022 Good Things Festival headlined by Bring Me The Horizon.
Polaris will launch their new album ‘Fatalism’ this September with a national headline tour alongside August Burns Red, Kublai Khan TX and Currents, before embarking on an international run supporting While She Sleeps in the UK and Europe, performing at Aftershock 2023 and kicking off a North American headline run in October.
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‘FATALISM’ AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023
W/ SPECIAL GUESTS AUGUST BURNS RED, KUBLAI KHAN TX & CURRENTS
THURSDAY 7 SEPTEMBER – METRO CITY, PERTH (18+)
SATURDAY 9 SEPTEMBER – MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE (LIC/AA)
SUNDAY 10 SEPTEMBER – HINDLEY ST MUSIC HALL, ADELAIDE (LIC/AA)
TUESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER – UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA (18+)
WEDNESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER – BAR ON THE HILL, NEWCASTLE (18+) *SOLD OUT*
FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – THE FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE (LIC/AA) *SOLD OUT*
SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY (LIC/AA)
‘FATALISM’ IS OUT ON FRIDAY 1 SEPTEMBER
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