We’re pleased to bring you the exclusive stream of Chemical Burn‘s new song “My Weakness.” The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Raining Anvils, out August 7th through MegaSonic.
The band comments on the song:
“In light of an ongoing trend of domestic violence in the news – seeing it across the board from celebrities to your next door neighbor – we wrote ‘My Weakness’ with an anti-domestic violence theme, but told it from a different angle. The lyrics are told from the perspective of the aggressor, who feels intense emotions of anger, rage, or broken pride, which then leads to a display of vengeance. We were initially inspired by the Oscar Pistorius case, who is believed to have killed his girlfriend out of a jealous rage. In fact, we originally called the song ‘Blade Runner ‘as a working title. That seemed to fit the description based on the subject matter, but also the song is fast and explosive, with double bass running most of the way through it.”
Chemical Burn enlisted famed producer Juan Urteaga (Testament, Machine Head, Exodus) to oversee production of Raining Anvils at Oakland’s JingleTown Studios. “We poured all we had into making these songs just right,” declares Chemical Burn’s Mike Garnica (vocals/bass). “Every part was written with the intent to set the world on fire. Then we took them to Juan and he dumped jet fuel on them.”
Having cut his teeth as a tech for the likes Laaz Rocket and Dragonlord, Garnica formed the current formation of Chemical Burn with Kevin Jackson, an acclaimed drummer who’s toured with Primer 55 and many others. Rounding out Chemical Burn is Bay Area shredder Marc Pattison, formerly of Circle II Circle. “Kev and I were instantly on the same page when it came to the writing process,” explains Garnica. “If a song doesn’t light us both up, we go back to the drawing board with it. Eventually a light bulb goes off and it all comes together in a way that stokes the hell out of us.”
Behind the band’s annihilating approach to metal is a message of finding strength amidst life’s obstacles. “It’s not necessarily just drugs and alcohol, but our day-to-day obsessions, relationships, the drama we get involved in and the emotions we feel from it,” explains Garnica. “A lot of the album is about a journey through a mentality that has gone from a rock bottom of sorts, to a rebirth and new course in life.”
Chemical Burn will be touring extensively throughout the year, with more dates to be announced shortly.
Raining Anvils Tracklisting:
1. I Rise I Fly
2. My Weakness
3. Crush Your Ego
4. We Ain’t Done Yet
6. Raining Anvils
7. X’s For Eyes
8. Like A God
10. I Breathe Smoke