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Artist's Notebook: In Shallows - " World Fire"

New Hampshire metalcore band In Shallows returns with a new thought-provoking single, "World Fire."


In Shallows, one of Metalcore's most promising new bands has been taking the music scene by storm since the release of their first single in June of 2021. Their unique sound has earned them a well-deserved spot in the metalcore genre, and their debut single was just the beginning of their journey towards success. The band's initial single received widespread attention, paving the way for their five-track EP, "Beneath The Surface." 


The EP would prove the band's commitment to delivering captivating and compelling experiences, showcasing their ability to create mind-boggling breakdowns, glass-shattering guitar riffs, and drumming that could leave one's heart racing. Their EP was a hit among listeners, cementing their place as one of the most promising bands in the industry.


" It’s almost like we just have to accept what's wrong with the world and live with it. Some people can deal with it and live that way, but that’s how morals and values disappear. There are so many relatable topics where people think they’re making the right choice by supporting movements and being politically correct that they lose sight of what’s true at heart. "Wake up and see mankind drenched in gasoline". Just wake up and look at the bigger picture of what you’re supporting and ask yourself if this actually makes sense.

Following the success of their EP and their previous single "Venom," In Shallows has come out with a new single, "World Fire," continuing the fierce momentum their EP promised their fans a few years prior. A different energy from their previous single, "World Fire" focuses on a different kind of intensity and melodicism that sets it apart from their earlier efforts. In the wake of recent global events, "World Fire" is an experience that resonates with those feeling the negativity that surrounds us. 


A process of complex emotions that come with everything happening in the world, and an invitation to listeners to do the same, "World Fire" is a reflection of a world that is failing and a highlight of how our actions are contributing to the destruction of our planet. In Shallows has always been intentional with their music, and they want their listeners to be moved and changed by their experiences. With almost a year between their previous single "Venom" and "World Fire," the band is back with a bang, and they promise to deliver music that will leave one wanting more.


Hello In Shallows, welcome back to Into The Void! Last time we spoke, you had released your vulnerable and imposing EP, Beneath The Surface. Since then, you guys have come a long way with your melodically destructive single, "Venom." In so many ways, "Venom" showed that you're not afraid to break your molds and pave the way for something new. With your new single "World Fire," it's been a few years since the EP, and almost a year since "Venom," if there is anything we can say about you guys, it's that there is always an intent behind each release. With the new single coming out, what does this new chapter mean for In Shallows?


In Shallows: We’re stoked to be back! Motivational factors come in a variety of ways, but ultimately it’s our fan engagement that’s continuing to drive us forward. We hope to keep listeners surprised and continue expanding out of our comfort zone. We’re gearing up for a strong second half of the year and we’re excited for what’s to come. 


Can we talk about the instrumental textural differences between "Venom" and "World Fire?" There seems to be a stylistic shift between the two, with "Venom" being more melodic and contained, while "World Fire" is intense and fiery. Could you describe the instrumental process that went into making "World Fire" and how it differed from “Venom?”


In Shallows: We didn’t want people to think we were going soft, so why not drop a heavy one? Melodically, we wanted to create an atmosphere for the song with a destructive “in your face vibe”, yet catchy and reflective edge. We had a vision for this song to place the listener in the moment of destruction, whereas “Venom” is more of a symphonic build-up to get you thinking deeply about your emotions. 


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Lyrically, we are talking about the world we live in and the constant negativity that surrounds us. We hear about the same negative events every day, yet nothing seems to change. It's as if we have become accustomed to this negativity and have learned to ignore it. However, "World Fire" is unique in the sense that it takes all of this internalized anger and frustration about humanity's self-destructive tendencies and transforms it into something beautiful, almost like a cathartic release.


In Shallows:  It’s almost like we just have to accept what's wrong with the world and live with it. Some people can deal with it and live that way, but that’s how morals and values disappear. There are so many relatable topics where people think they’re making the right choice by supporting movements and being politically correct that they lose sight of what’s true at heart. "Wake up and see mankind drenched in gasoline". Just wake up and look at the bigger picture of what you’re supporting and ask yourself if this actually makes sense. There is so much division nowadays and over what? A thought or belief that makes you feel more entitled than the other person? It’s truly disgusting to see that people don’t put their time or energy into something positive. Instead, they dwell, disgrace others for not seeing it their way, and tear down at any cost. Maybe we should go block a highway for the next music video. 


What do you want listeners to take from this new experience, if anything?


In Shallows:  We write music that reflects our thoughts and experiences and hope that’s relatable to listeners. Like you said, there’s catharsis in this release and in a lot of our music. We like making music that motivates and is also somewhat therapeutic through expression. “World Fire” is our next iteration of this, but it focuses on what’s plaguing us externally.


What have you taken from "World Fire" since this is one of the first new experiences we have gotten from you guys in some time? What does this mean for the new year from you guys?


In Shallows: Honestly, it’s been a while since our last release and we’re just excited to keep pushing as a band. The experiences keep evolving and allow us to stay hungry. One thing in life that’s constant is change. There’s going to be some of that to allow us to become the best we can be, stay tuned!




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