Umbra Vitae have returned with their second single, “Mantra of Madness.”
“Mantra of Madness” arrives hot on the heels of their debut release “Return to Zero,” and just a few weeks ahead of the newly formed metal supergroup’s first-ever LP Shadow of Life. The song was accompanied by a music video directed by Chariot of Black Moth. The visual pairs Umbra Vitae’s heavy sound with a flurry of unnerving greyscale visuals.
Umbra Vitae is a brand-new band founded by Converge’s vocalist Jacob Bannon, who wanted to focus on developing a punishing death metal sound. “I absolutely adore being in Converge—it’s been a part of the fabric of my being since I was a kid,” Bannon told Revolver.
“I’ve spent more than half my life in it. But it’s also not really a metal band, although it has metal leanings at times and it’s hyper-aggressive. This is the closest thing I’ve done that’s rooted in more traditional death metal, at least in terms of speed and ferocity and heaviness.”
Rounding out Umbra Vitae’s line-up are Greg Weeks and Mike McKenzie from The Red Chord, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats drummer Jon Rice, and Twitching Tongues’ Sean Martin.
Shadow of Life will be released on May 1 via Bannon’s label Deathwish, Inc. In the meantime, check out the video for “Mantra of Madness” below: