Aesthetic Perfection release a new music video for “Gods & Gold,” unveiling darker, gothic endeavors in the hauntingly contagious latest, Into The Black.
With an outstanding career spanning 15 years, Daniel Graves, the mastermind of the project, is no stranger to experimentation when it comes to pushing boundaries and creating gritty-but-catchy tunes.
In the opening lines of the track, Graves screams about a darkness breeding hate and war, summoning the perfect spirit for the album without straying too far from his roots.
“‘Gods & Gold’ was a very challenging song for us to work on,” Graves says. “I really wanted to push the envelope here and try something new. We’d been tinkering with it for quite some time, and it was just coming up short.”
Featuring vicious guitar from Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe, the song encapsulates Into The Black’s heavy-yet-melodic sound while also touching upon themes of mortality, spiritual disillusionment and self-reflection.
As a Rammstein fan himself, Graves knew Kruspe was the missing puzzle piece when the guitarist expressed interest to collaborate.
“I didn’t even realize I’d had his playing style and vibe in mind when I was writing the track until that very second,” Graves shares. “Then boom. Just like magic, it all came together. It instantly became our favorite song and obvious choice for the first track on the album.”
Along with Kruspe, Into The Black features a rich roster of guests, including Black Veil Brides’ Jinxx, Anaal Nathrakh’s Mick Kenneyand Rotersand’s Krischan Wesenberg. Joe Letz, formerly of electro-industrial band Combichrist, has also joined Graves to take Aesthetic Perfection to the next level.
Check out the new “Gods & Gold” video below.
Into The Black dropped March 29 via Close To Human Music and is available here. Catch Aesthetic Perfection at the Into The Black North American tour in the upcoming dates below! Tickets can be found here.
09/06 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
09/07 – Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
09/08 – El Paso, TX @ Rock House
09/12 – San Antonio, TX @ Amp Room
09/13 – Austin, TX @ Elysium
09/14 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
09/15 – Dallas, TX @ The Church
09/17 – New Orleans, LA @ The Goat
09/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
09/19 – Tallahassee, FL @ The 926 Bar
09/20 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
09/21 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s
09/24 – Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone
09/25 – Richmond, VA @ Fallout
09/26 – Washington, DC @ Dangerous Pies
09/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
09/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Knitting Factory
09/29 – Boston, MA @ ONCE Ballroom
09/30 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
10/01 – Toronto, ON @ Coalition
10/02 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Howlers
10/03 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Event Center
10/04 – Detroit, MI @ Small’s
10/05 – Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
10/06 – Milwaukee, WI @ Club Anything
10/07 – LaCrosse, WI @ Warehouse
10/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Red Sea Lounge
10/09 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
10/11 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
10/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
10/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Pub 340
10/15 – Seattle, WA @ Highline
10/16 – Portland, OR @ Paris Theater
10/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick and Mortar
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room