Israeli symphonic metallers StormbounD have unveiled a new video for the song Child’s Play from of their new album December. When asked about the theme behind the song, they stated: “The victory of creation, the libidinal energy, and one’s motivation over negativity and scorn.”
The band was formed in 2018 in Tel-Aviv by bassist Pavel Kleiman and guitarist and vocalist Ofer Friedman. Next to join were Ofer’s wife Shani Friedman on guitar, Yuval Partush on drums, Rotem Sadia on the keyboard, and Yael Horwitz as lead singer. All members of the band are well-established professional musicians. The outfit were predominantly influenced by symphonic metal, but an attentive listener will be able to pick up elements from power, prog and death metal, and a bit of rock. They are recommended listening for fans of Nightwish, Evanescence, and Epica.
Shortly after its formation the group began writing and performing and made a unique mark in the local heavy music scene. During the last year, the band took part in all major metal events and festivals in Israel. Channelling the vibes of bands such as Delain and Amaranthe with powerful, clean vocals from frontwoman Yael Horwitz, alongside the harsher lyrics sang by vocalist/guitarist Ofer Friedman who is backed up by a formidable, symphonic sound driven by bassist Pavel Kleiman, keyboardist Rotem Sadia, drummer Yuval Partush and guitarist Shani Friedman.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Desert’s Roar – 5:03
2. Altar of Innocence – 5:12
3. Sacred Lies – 4:41
4. Away from Here – 6:04
5. December – 10:30
6. Shadows – 4:21
7. Flying High – 4:55
8. Fragments – 6:24
9. Child’s Play – 9:02
They are amped to be releasing their debut album this summer, and so far have already released two singles, the first being Altar of Innocence, followed by Desert’s Roar complete with a music video. They share their thoughts on this release:
“The lyrics on the album tell some interesting stories, some more personal and some global, convey some harsh messages and themes, and deliver a wide array of emotions. We did our best to bring all of that into a cohesive musical surrounding within the realm of metal. Desert’s Roar is a cry for freedom from an inner struggle taking place inside the mind of a person feeling controlled and overpowered.”
The entirety of the album is a journey that goes from gloomy and despondent to kickass, high, and victorious. StormbounD weaves an immersive and entertaining tale that will take the listeners into desperate depths before catapulting them into the open sky.