U.K. rock outfit AS LIONS has just released relase its debut EP, "Aftermath", via Better Noise Records. The EP has been made available digitally in the U.S. and physically in Europe. In conjunction with the release of the EP, the band has also unveiled the official video for the title track and first single, "Aftermath". Check it out below.
In keeping with the track's powerful lyrics, the video portrays a heart-wrenching scene of a rescue team searching rubble and ruin for life, as a child lays desperate, buried beneath the destruction. Entwined with an explosive live performance of the band, the story ends with hope and liberation as the boy is discovered and brought to safety.
Comprised of vocalist Austin Dickinson (son of IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson), guitarist and keyboardist Conor O'Keefe, guitarist Will Homer, bassist Stefan Whiting and drummer Dave Fee, AS LIONS is the evolution of British rock. Standing by their mission to create "the biggest, baddest hard rock we could, and on an almost cinematic scale," the band has worked with award-winning producer David Bendeth (OF MICE & MEN, PARAMORE, BRING ME THE HORIZON) and Kane Churko (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, DISTURBED, IN THIS MOMENT).
The EP's four dynamic tracks are a study in contrasts, mixing thick, grinding riffs and rhythms with majestically sweeping strings, stately piano tinklings and a hefty dose of atmospheric electronics, all shot through with Dickinson's soaring vocals and introspective lyrics. "Aftermath" has Dickinson asking: "What have we created / what have we become?" as guitars churn and crash around him. "Conceptually it's about trying to navigate your way out of disaster, be it personal, collective, or in the case of the video, a war zone," Austin says. Another track, the crushing "Deathless" targets the Internet culture's obsession with image.
"Aftermath" track listing:
02. White Flags
04. World On Fire
AS LIONS has played sold-out shows in the U.K., performing with TRIVIUM, and making festival appearances this past summer at Camden Rocks and Download. AS LIONS is now gearing up to bring "Aftermath" and its explosive live show to the U.S. during their arena tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SHINEDOWN and SIXX:A.M.
AS LIONS was formed after the breakup of Austin's previous band, RISE TO REMAIN, which released one album, "City Of Vultures", in 2011.