Alabama metalcore warriors GIDEON — drummer Jake Smelley, vocalist Daniel McWhorter, guitarist/vocalist Tyler Riley, and bassist Caleb DeRusha — have announced their new album MORE POWER. MORE PAIN. The album arrives on March 17 via Equal Vision. Pre-order it here.
It’s a Southern-fried beatdown destined to ignite mosh pits from coast to coast, thanks to the thunderously chunky breakdowns with extra grit and girth. Overall, the song is a pummeling blast of vicious, metal-tinged hardcore, all acerbic guitars and chugging riffs over which McWhorter viciously spits, “Nothing was given to me / That shit was earned / The hard way.” It’s a line that sums up not just the song, but also much of the album as well—and the underlying positivity that underpins all of it.
“We’re done holding our tongues,” saysRiley about the track.DeRusha weighs in about the album as a whole, saying, “This record is every side of Gideon forged into one. The title says it all — MORE POWER. MORE PAIN.”
Indeed, that song is just the start of the band’s next chapter. A self-empowering call to arms, it continues —much like the rest of the record— to redefine who and what and why Gideon are. The result is the most uncompromising reason for their existence to date.
MORE POWER. MORE PAIN. TRACK LISTING:
“Hell for a Man”
“Locked Out of Heaven”
“Push It Back”
“Too Much Is Never Enough”
“MORE POWER. MORE PAIN.”
“Damned If I Do (Damned If I Don’t)”
“If You Love Me, Let Me Go”
“Off the Rails”
“The Final Nail”
“I Will Carry You”
“Back 2 Basics”
“Let ‘Er Fly”
Since forming in 2008 in Tuscaloosa, AL, Gideon had been making a name for themselves by defying convention, creating their own distinct sound and never settling for anything that was just run of the mill or ordinary. Rather, the band kept stretching the boundaries of their sound to great acclaim and to increasing commercial success. 2011’s debut album, Costs, established them as powerhouse of the metalcore scene, but that’s something the band simultaneously pushed away from it, incorporating elements of melodic hardcore and hardcore punk into the fold of their songs, but always with an underlying sense of positivity and defiance. Impressively prolific, the band released their next two full-lengths, Milestone and Calloused, on Facedown Records in 2012 and 2014 respectively, before signing to Equal Vision Records.
Their first album for EVR was 2017’s Cold, followed by Out Of Control in 2019, a record that deservedly saw the band’s profile rising steadily. And then, of course, the pandemic hit. And all that hard work and dedication, and the progress they’d made vanished in an instant. In fact, Gideon were mid-tour on that album cycle when touring came grinding to a halt and forced the band to return home to Alabama, frustrated and disillusioned with a situation that—like most touring bands—thought might mean the end of what they do. Thankfully, it didn’t, which brings us to Gideon’s sixth full-length studio album.
Recorded/mixed/mastered by Randy Lebouef at Graphic Nature Audio, MORE POWER. MORE PAIN. is a brutally intense burst of violent noise that both nods to the band’s past, musically and thematically, but also establishes itself in its own context.
“We had to walk through fire and break down walls to get to this chapter,” says Smelley. “We’re done explaining why we are the way we are. This album is for the misunderstood, the dreamers, the broken, the damned, the ones that refuse to fall in line. When everything and everyone tells you to give up, your mind can take you to dark places. We came to realize that there was strength in that. Instead of letting it consume us, we fought like hell.”
The band will also embark on tour in Winter 2023. The tour kicks off February 9 in Tampa and runs through March 18 in their Birmingham hometown. For the Fallen Dreams, Orthodox, and Guerrilla Warfare will also appear. Get tickets here.
GIDEON ON TOUR:
WITH FOR THE FALLEN DREAMS, ORTHODOX, + GUERILLA WARFARE:
2/9 — Tampa, FL — Orpheum
2/10 — Orlando, FL — Henao Center
2/11 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade – Purgatory
2/12 — Greensboro, NC — Hanger 1819
2/14 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club
2/15 — Baltimore, MD — Soundstage
2/15 — Brooklyn, NY — Meadows
2/17 — Frenchtown, NJ — Artie’s
2/18 — Long Island, NY— Amityville Music Hall
2/19 — Hartford, CT— Webster Underground
2/21 — Pittsburgh, PA — Crafthouse
2/22 — Pontiac, MI — Pike Room @ Crofoot
2/23 — Indianapolis, IN — Emerson Theater
2/24 — Chicago, IL — WC Social Club
2/25 — Iowa City, IA — Wildwood
2/26 — Lincoln, NE — 1867 Bar
2/28 — Denver, CO — Marquis Theater
3/1 — Salt Lake City, UT — Urban Lounge
3/3 — Tacoma, WA — Real Art
3/4 — Portland, OR — Bossanova Ballroom
3/5 — Sacramento, CA — Goldfield Trading Post Downtown
3/7 — Berkeley, CA — Cornerstone Berkeley
3/9 — Anaheim, CA — Chain Reaction
3/10 — Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
3/11 — Phoenix, AZ — Nile Underground
3/12 — Albuqurque, NM — Launchpad
3/14 — San Antonio, TX — Vibes Underground
3/15 — Fort Worth, TX — Ridglea Room
3/17 — Nashville, TN — Exit/In
3/18 — Birmingham, AL — Zydeco
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