Krakow, Poland-based pirate melodic death metallers VANE are launching the first video single off of their upcoming full-length album “Black Vengeance” which arrives on November 30th. A music video for the song “Rise to Power” is available for streaming!
VANE guitarist Mateusz Gajdzik commented, “This song was voted out from the album at some point, but I decided to work on it some more, because I really loved the intro melody and how all the instruments suddenly jump out of the imaginary water. Like in case of most songs on the album, I’ve created around 20 versions with different arrangements to end up with my favourite songs on the album. From the beginning I was thinking about creating a song about drowning, thus underwater sound effects here and there. I am glad that we were able to create a lyrical concept for this and shoot a music video containing drowning scenes, along with us floundering in the actual sea, that is 600km from our city of origin. This was very hard work in spartan conditions, as nights at Polish seaside are not too hot.”
“Rise to Power” is an account of one of the crew mates. It’s a depiction of hesitation after having a conversation with the main character about starting a mutiny to overthrow Blackbeard. The crewman imagines the drowning of the infamous captain and through the song you can see the change in his mind, from thinking that the idea is crazy to admitting that this is the right thing to do. The video itself is very loosely tied to the lyrics. To emphasize the drowning sound FX and the lyrics, the band has shot this clip at the beach, in water and in rain, with added underwater scenes just to enhance the mood.
Guitarist Robert Zembrzycki said, “The video itself was a challenging, and sometimes extreme experience, it made us cover huge distances and shoot for 12 hours in harsh conditions. We have soldiered on through cold winds, artificial rain, power generator failures, battery drainage, hypothermia and various other minor discomforts. But we still had fun doing it, and we’d do it all again, so we hope you will enjoy ‘Rise to Power’ as much as we enjoyed creating it. And stay tuned, because this is not our last word!”
“Black Vengeance” track listing:
01. Born Again (03:37)
02. Edge of the Cutlass (04:56)
03. I Am Your Pain (03:58)
04. Randy Dandy-O (00:53)
05. Death’s Season (05:00)
06. Spilling Guts (04:28)
07. Mutiny (03:18)
08. Rise to Power 04:50)
09. Black Vengeance (04:35)
10. Davy’s Grip (04:57)
11. Hangman (04:41)
“Black Vengeance” can be pre-ordered at this location.
VANE is a metal band, formed in 2016 by two friends – Mateusz Gajdzik (WITCHKING, SARATAN, CRYSTAL VIPER) and Robert Zembrzycki (ACID DRINKERS, CORRUPTION, SARATAN). The two guitarists soon recruited Marcin Frąckowiak (PERCIVAL SCHUTTENBACH, STOS, RIVER OF TIME) for the bass guitar duties, and the trio focused on finding a suiting vocalist to match their vision. Marcin Parandyk (KILLSORROW, RAZORTYPE) was one of their first choices, and approached by Robert, he agreed to give it a try. Marcin Zdeb (RAZORTYPE, UNLUMINATION, ARONDIGHT), soon followed his bandmates steps and decided to join VANE.
The quintet started intensive work on the concept of the album, as well as compositions for the album. Led by Mateusz Gajdzik, they kept reworking, rearranging and polishing their songs, while Zembrzycki and Parandyk focused on the storytelling in the lyrics.
VANE’s music is a mix of death metal and catchy melodies, all spiced up with a story rooted deeply in actual history of The Golden Age of Piracy.
In just 1 year since its inception, VANE released a promo called “The Prologue”, consisting of 3 songs that are planned to be part of a concept album, “Black Vengeance”.
In may 2018 Marcin Frąckowiak left the band and was replaced by Łukasz Łukasik (NETHERFELL). The reinforced crew pushed on, and in spring 2018 the band entered Impressive Art Studio, helmed by Przemysław Nowak. The recording and production took the whole summer, and the “Black Vengeance” album is scheduled for late autumn release, on 30th November 2018.
Marcin Parandyk – vocals
Mateusz Gajdzik – guitars
Robert Zembrzycki – guitars
Marcin Zdeb – drums
Łukasz Łukasik – bass