Umbra Vitae are set to release their debut album Shadow of Life on May via Deathwish Inc. The band, who get their name from the 1913 poem by Georg Heym and feature vocalist Jacob Bannon (Converge, Wear Your Wounds, Blood From the Soul).

“While working on the previous Wear Your Wounds album, my love for death metal was rekindled,” says Bannon. “This was likely a reaction to working on non-aggressive music for such a concentrated period. As these songs started to form, the ominous nature of that original poem came to mind.” 

Bannon adds, “In many ways, it embodied the character of what we were all creating together. For me, Umbra Vitae is darkly confrontational and my own internal struggles are nested within each song. At this point in my life, it is of the utmost importance to use this art and music as the vehicle for a healthy purge of emotion. By design, even in something this intense, there is righteous intent to be a better human through the process of creating it.” 

Bannon is joined by guitarists Mike McKenzie (The Red Chord, Wear Your Wounds, Stomach Earth) and Sean Martin, along with bassist Greg Weeks (The Red Chord, Labor Hex), and drummer Jon Rice (ex-Job for a Cowboy, Uncle Acid). Recorded and mixed by Kurt Ballou at God City Studios, the album’s aggressive and eviscerating single, “Return to Zero,” is streaming now.

Preorder the album here. 

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