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Nine Shrines are giving you another taste from their debut album with their new song “Ringworm,” premiering exclusively with AP.

“Ringworm” features intricate guitars, heavy vocals and melodic choruses. It’s the first single off the band’s forthcoming album, Retribution Therapy, which will be out sometime in 2019 via Mascot Label Group.

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Colorful lyrics address religion and throw in metaphors more than once. Paired with strong vocals, “Ringworm” packs quite a punch.

“‘Ringworm’ is a song specifically about the abuse of power in religious institutions,” frontman Chris Parketny says. “I was born and raised Catholic and went to Catholic school most of my life. I often find myself questioning the legitimacy of these leaders.”

While “Ringworm” criticizes religions, Parketny is quick to say that the song is not anti-religion. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Instead of being anti-religion, Parketny explains that the song is more about a specific kind of religious person.

“This song is not to be confused with anti-religion,” Parketny says. “The problem lies not with the infallibility of God, but the fallibility of men who speak on his behalf.”

Nine Shrines were founded by former Attack Attack! drummer Andrew Wetzel and features Life On Repeat guitarist Andrew Baylis. Other members include bassist Devon Voisine and guitarist Evan McKeever alongside frontman Parketny.

For Retribution Therapy, Nine Shrines brought on Dan Korneff (My Chemical Romance, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin) to help mix and produce the album. Preorders for Retribution Therapy are expected to go live sometime in early 2019.

Check out the new song below.

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