Connecticut-based hard rock / metal band The Shape will be releasing their 5th full-length album, In The Age Of Doom And Fear, on November 29th, 2021. Today band unveiled fourth Single, Cities of Ghosts, now streaming on band’s official Youtube channel, the video can be seen below.
Cities of Ghosts was written and recorded by the band’s co-founders Brian Almeida and Chris Carlino.
“Beneath the faded skyline, Past dead neon lights, Lie the shadows of a world gone dark. Sunset paints a picture, Of blues and reds turned grey and white. The voiceless standing silent, Amongst their walking dead.” Cities of Ghosts paints a picture of an apocalyptic future, one that might not be too far away.
Cities of Ghosts, and many of the songs that will be a part of their upcoming album, The Age Of Doom And Fear, are heavily inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Shape has been releasing incredibly impressive music for more than 15 years, and their releases in 2021 have proven they are here for many more years.
Earlier this summer, The Shape released the official music video to their third song of the year, Invisible Wolves. The song and video to Invisible Wolves have since been streamed more than 125,000 times combined. Check out The Shape wherever you listen to music or on their official website.
Formed in 2006 by multi-instrumentalists Brian Almeida and Christopher Carlino, The Shape has been a steady and popular live force in the Connecticut, New England, and East Coast music scenes; having toured & played over 600+ shows, recorded 6 albums and an EP in the band’s 15-year existence.
Blending their mutual love of horror, human psychology, and philosophy with their passion for a wide variety of metal and dark rock influences, The Shape brings a unique and ever-evolving take on heavy music. Fusing thrash, melodic, death, and extreme metal with gritty hard rock, punk, gothic and atmospheric splashes, the band weaves a pastiche of unique authenticity to their sound; bucking repetition with each release.
Their debut album, The Last Great Awakening in 2009, garnered a small but faithful underground fanbase and critical goodwill with its combination of spacey stoner metal and alternative sounds.
Sophomore follow-up, The Impurity (…Of Gods, Monsters, Heroes, and Villains) took them into unchartered waters, blending technical melodic death metal with a deep emphasis on progressive elements. Despite the less commercial prospects of “The Impurity”, the band relentlessly hit the road in support; playing over 300 shows between 2009 – 2013.
2014’s Masque of the Red Death saw a major boost in popularity for The Shape, earning several independent awards for Metal and Rock Album of the Year in New England and “Hardest Working Band in CT”. Released on Halloween night 2014 as direct support to The Misfits and Jasta, Masque became the band’s staple record, with the band selling over 5,000 physical copies independently, launched by the single and video for Burn Before Reading.
The Shape‘s breakthrough came with 2017’s effort, The World Away, landing at #1 on the Billboard Northeast album charts, #24 on the Hard Rock album chart, and #192 on the Billboard 200. Supported by steady radio play and tours, the album spawned the charting mainstream rock singles The World Away and Where The Sun Sleeps, as well as heavy rotation in metal and college radio for fellow singles The Devil In Your Eyes and Decimation.
2020 was a tumultuous year for all, with the band taking a live performance hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, and after a brief time period away from the band, Chris Carlino returned, creating two brand new efforts to be released in 2021 and 2022 respectively, that showcase the heaviest, darkest sides of The Shape‘s sound and message, and also their most pensive and versatile. With The Age Of Doom And Fear, the band needed to look no further than the real-life terrors of the world of 2020 and the beyond.
The Age Of Doom And Fear is an emphatic musical analysis and statement of life as it is currently and the paths of horror and hope that may follow our choices. The Shape looks forward to mesmerizing live audiences again in 2021 with a brand new selection of sound and vision.
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