Power metal and The Legend of Zelda collide on Paladin’s latest song, “Awakening.”
The Atlanta power thrash outfit don’t hold back on the riffs and the vibrato on this track. The song was inspired by the GameBoy game The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, which is “one of my favorites in the Zelda series, due in no small part to the atmosphere and plot,” frontman Taylor Washington told Revolver Magazine, which premiered the track.
“Awakening” also opens Paladin’s forthcoming album, Ascension. “I think it was the perfect choice for an opener,” Washington said. “It smacks you in the face right away with big melodic guitars and chord stabs before kicking into the blistering main riff while I scream my ass off over the top of everything.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
Listen to “Awakening” here before Ascension drops this Friday: