Alternative cosmic rock band Crash and The Void is set to make waves in the music scene with the release of their latest single and accompanying video, Shadow Fiend. The band, known for their innovative sound and thought-provoking lyrics, is excited to unveil this transformative piece through Mongrel Records. Below you can see the video and hear the music in an exclusive premiere for World Of Metal.
The track delves into the psychological concept of “the shadow self,” a theme rooted in the theories of Sigmund Freud and expanded upon by Carl Jung. The narrative of the song intertwines with the Marxist theory of dialectical materialism, exploring the cyclical nature of governing systems. The track tells the tale of an individual navigating isolation and loneliness within an antiquated system, ultimately finding empowerment by embracing their repressed anger and pain.
The protagonist of “Shadow Fiend” evolves from a state of despair to one of hope, driven by the desire to dismantle the oppressive system that perpetuates their suffering. Confronting opposition with the phrase “it’s just a game we play,” the song highlights the use of gaslighting tactics employed by those in power to maintain control.
The lyrics vividly depict a societal divide, where some are privileged (“Silver Snakes” or lucky ones) while others are born into a struggle, fighting their way out of an “aching abyss.” The struggle for survival evolves into a quest for power, glory, and dominance. “Shadow Fiend” explores the darker aspects of the human psyche, as the protagonist loses themselves to their “shadow self,” succumbing to the alter ego that takes over completely.
Guitarist, vocalist, and main songwriter Marius Schutte reflects on the creative process, stating, “The bone structure for the song was written back in 2018 when I was trying to write cinematic rock music for the first time. The main approach was to use dramatic chord progressions to imitate film music but doing it using heavy guitars. The breakdown at the end of the song is new, and only written in 2021 whilst finishing the rest of the first album’s writing.” When asked about the eye-catching video he adds, “The video cost us nothing to make and was largely AI generated through a complex coding system”.
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