Oct. 1 — Hard rock super group Lions at the Gate debuted its latest single and video this week.
The band, which is composed of former members of Ill Nino, Machine Head, Westfield Massacre and Silence The Messenger, premiered its new single, ‘Scapegoat‘ and its video Friday. The premieres come more than three months after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Not Even Human‘ and its companion video.
The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is a heavy, intense, aggro-roc/nu-metal type composition that lends itself to comparison to works from Ill Nino, as well as other similar acts that rose to fame during the late 90s and early 2000s.
The lyrical theme focuses on damaged people who prefer to damage others in order to misguidedly fix themselves.
Front man Cristian Machado talked about this and about the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.
“Scapegoat was a song brought in by Ahrue [Luster] (ex-Machine Head, ex-Ill Nino),” said Machado. “Everyone liked the song immediately, including our producer Kyle Odell. The instrumental had a chilling and beautiful metallic melody. I was quickly moved by the music and began to wonder about my own life. From there we began to sculpt a message. Dysfunctional people don’t want to apologize or make amends, they want to resolve what’s broken in them by damaging others. It’s their great misconception that the scapegoat will be weak and remain powerless when it takes great strength to carry a burden you bare no guilt in.
Added Machado, “Kyle and I realized early on that I was going through a very challenging time in my life with no outlet other than the music, and that perhaps this was what I needed to begin healing. A lot of painful memories were dug up and dealt with whilst recording. I am grateful the guys had the patience to help me work through it, and that music is still in my life. Hopefully these songs can speak to other like minded people and offer a sense of healing.”
The video for ‘Scapdegoat’ is intense in its own right, even in its simplicity. It features the band performing its new single on a dressed up soundstage as the song plays over. The video’s energy comes through its dizzying camera work.
Machado additionally talked about the song’s video in the noted statement.
“The video for scapegoat is a performance art video,” he said. “The band individually portrayed personal emotion as part of the art. Vicente Cordero’s approach allowed us to feel comfortable in an environment where the performance and the emotion is the focus.”
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