Gloves Off: Metallic Hardcore Band Finds Lyrical Inspiration From Legendary Author (PREMIERE)

Photo: Ariella Lungin

Gloves Off play a brutal style of metallic hardcore that isn't for the faint of heart. But that doesn't mean they're penning songs about beating you down or getting their back stabbed.

When it comes to their lyrical point of view, the Bucks County, Pennsylvania-based quintet's vocalist Cody Clark, turns to the work of such literary icons as Arthur Rimbaud and Edgar Allen Poe for inspiration. "Much of our lyrical content is revolved around death, loss, suicide, and poetry," he tells No Echo. 

Later this month, Gloves Off will be releasing Life...And Everything After, a collection comprised of four tracks that were originally dropped in March of 2020 as the Life EP, and five new songs packed with the kinds of tasty guitar riffs fans of Terror, The Acacia Strain, and Despised Icon will all approve of.

No Echo is presenting the premiere of one of the new cuts from the collection, "My Death Was a Banquet," a song inspired by Rimbaud's classic tome, A Season In Hell:

"As a young man, I was obsessed with Arthur Rimbaud's greatest work, A Season In Hell, where he proclaims, 'my life was a banquet where every heart revealed itself,'" Cody told No Echo via email.

"In death and love alike, with your greatest loss, the true emotions of people come out."

Life...And Everything After will be out on January 28th on CD, vinyl, and digital via Upstate Records.


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