Amorphous experimental hardcore outfit The Armed have shared their latest song “Average Death,” a cut off their forthcoming album Ultrapop.
Anchored by its frenetic guitar chugging and discordant melody, the track is one that makes for an intriguing listen—on par for the course for the enigmatic band. “From the longest lenses far away / Reminiscent, mirror image fades / It’s never really how it happens / It’s never really how it happens,” rings the opening verse.
It also arrived with a vibrant visual touting a colorful cast of characters in eccentric outfits and makeup, equipped with flamethrowers and snakes, among many other props. “We hope this video is equal parts mesmerizing and uncomfortable,” band member Dan Greene said in a statement, per Pitchfork.
Apart from “Average Death,” Ultrapop will also include the previously released “All Futures” and is set to feature contributions by Mark Lanegan and Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen. The album follows 2018’s Only Love which featured “Heavily Lined,” “Witness” and “Fortune’s Daughter.”
Ultrapop is due for release on April 16 via Sargent House. While you wait, watch the video for “Average Death” below: