[Photo by: Jay Perry]
Progressive rock band Hundred Suns are premiering the video for "Amaranthine" off their upcoming debut album, The Prestaliis.
A supergroup of sorts, Hundred Suns is comprised of vocalist Cory Brandan (Norma Jean), drummer Ryan Leger (ex-Every Time I Die) and guitarist Chris LeMasters (ex-Dead & Divine). The band describes their music as "a conversation between subterranean dirt and electrified sky" and "an invocation of the dueling destructive forces of blazing fire and icy frost."
"’Amaranthine’ is one of our favorite songs," Brandan tells AP. "It switches between two different time signatures, and we experimented with a lot of dynamics. Chris and Legs have a very balanced writing and rhythmic chemistry on this track, which gave me a lot of room to be vocally versatile. I feel like the song has a very shadowy, almost ‘street’ vibe to it, matching its dark lyrical content, which was inspired by human trafficking — a very serious problem that deserves way more attention than it gets. At times it feels like the world is in a perpetual cycle, talking about the same topics over and over but trafficking is a real crisis taking place in all of our communities, cities and states. I had a conversation with a border agent, who told me that they intervene to help young girls and boys almost every day."
Check out the video below:
Hundred Suns will be donating a portion of proceeds from sales of "Amaranthine" to charity.
"According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, which is an insane stat," Brandan adds. "But raising awareness is meaningless without action, so we’re donating a portion of profits from ‘Amaranthine’ to THORN, an organization that focuses primarily on preventing the sexual exploitation of children. They were founded in part by Ashton Kutcher, and I’ve seen him talk about this subject and found it to be very inspiring. Those that want to join us in supporting this important cause can do so by downloading ‘Amaranthine’ on iTunes. You can also visit wearethorn.org for more information.”
The Prestaliis is set for release August 11 via New Damage Records, and you can pre-order it here.