This ep was a great musical direction for us. It really represents the journey and path that we went on to get this thing out. It really stands alone on many levels for us based on production value, song structure and musicianship. But probably one of the best parts about it was it helped us to close a chapter on a previous and outdated representation of the band. It helped us to evolve and bring along our fans and to reconnect with everything that made us start this in the first place. It was an absolute rebirth... hence the EP Title, Reborn.
For this release, the lyrics really hit close to home. When it came time to write the album we had made the decision to go with a really honest and organic approach. Mostly the songs deal with things like, the loss of close friends and family, the internal conflict of self worth and even rebuilding your identity after a tremendous loss. For me personally, the opening track deals a lot with some of the ignorance and empty egos that wrap around someone who has a very warped sense of entitlement.
The name came from a combination of factors.. we wanted something powerful but also recognizable. Something that represented how were about this entire organization, tenacious.
Of course! Without Mercy heads out on tour in May to cover as much of western canada as we can. Then we have some festival appearances that should take us through the summer. Also NYB productions is hosting our dual cd release show in Abbotsford and Vancouver on March 28 and 29. Details for those shows and our tour can be found on our facebook page.
So far the reaction to the EP has been astounding. Many people have commented on the change in direction that we have undergone and they seem to whole heartily approve of it. We have noticed the highest amount of digital downloads on release day that we have ever seen and this time was also the first time we handled pre orders which also seemed to spike.
Hahaha to quote my favorite horror movie, “In time”.
It has been an overwhelmingly eclectic collection in the last few years. Personally I’m really into the latest Jeff Loomis solo record that was an incredible release. Band wise Lamb of God is a staple but also our band standards such as: Aeon, Cannibal Corpse, Nevermore, Pantera, Man Must Die and Decapitated. We listened to a lot of the older albums which we all really dig as a band too. Albums like: Slayer’s God Hates Us All, Slipknot’s Iowa, Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven and some of the local bands that we love since they’re great buddies of ours.