Hello, Muddah. Hello, Fadduh.
Greetings from Camp
Riffs are good here.
Swarm of Eyes is better.
My face is melted off
So I’m having trouble writing this damn letter.
Yes, Swarmies. Another summer has officially come to an end. While you were barbecuing, putting firecrackers in your mouth, or stealing your ex-girlfriend’s brush from her purse and making little dolls out of her hair at camp, the Swarm of Eyes guys were hard at work, making the world a more metal place, both separately and together.
So how did the lovable lads spend their summer vacation? So glad you asked! (more…)
What’s more metal than video games with lots of swordfighting, doom and destruction? Video games that have real metal bands creating original tracks about characters who fight with swords, leaving a swath of doom and destruction in their wake. That’s what’s metal, baby!
Swarm of Eyes contributed a song titled “SULRIC” to the new mobile game, Rival Kingdoms. With music written by Swarm of Eyes’ guitarist and producer, George O’Connor, the band’s new song is a heavy ode that both pays homage to and shares the name of one of the game’s characters.
The song tells the origin tale of Sulric, an ancient being intertwined with the spirit of a volcanic god of fire. “Sulric” is as heavy as you’d imagine it to be, given the explosive back story of the character and Swarm of Eyes’ penchant for epic storytelling with a fiery motif. (Cough. “Endless Ashes.” Cough, cough. “Punish the Artificer.”)
Creating “SULRIC”: In the Studio with Swarm of Eyes
Several months ago, Swarm of Eyes was approached by production company Custom Song to pen a track for Rival Kingdoms. Custom Song put the band in contact with Space Ape, the creative team behind Rival Kingdoms to create a heavy theme for the character.
“I’ve never done anything like this before, but it was an absolute blast to work on,” said George of the creative process. “The Rival Kingdoms group have been incredibly easy to work with and encouraging. Their positive reaction to early versions of the song gave us the confidence to keep pushing and just go for it.”
“We started mining the background of the character and game play itself and the origin story started to come together,” continued George. “With the chorus, we wanted to bring an anthem-vibe to it, so we have these big gang choruses that should sound like the character’s followers chanting his name.
In the end, I think we put a song together that could stand on its own in a SWARM OF EYES set but for Rival Kingdoms, it’s a great way to introduce one of its main characters in a way that conveys the grandness and fun of the game and the character.”
Check out the video below to hear the song and see some of the game in action. If you’re interested in playing the game, download it in the App Store. (Fear not, Android users. You’ll be able to play Rival Kingdoms soon, too!)
Swarm of Eyes will play their first live show of 2012 at The Lucky Dog in Worcester, MA on January 28th. The bill also includes Sweet Destruction, The River Neva, Ratchaburi (featuring SOE’s Tommy Burke on drums) and Supernaut (The Black Sabbath Experience) headlining the event. Tickets are $10 at the door with showtime at 8pm.
Need an added incentive to check out the show? A new year merits new material. SOE has added two new songs from Designing the Dystopia to their set, fan-favorite “Warzone” and the epic “Journey To the Endless End.”
As if the two new songs and total of five live bands wasn’t enough reason to waste spend an enchanted evening with Swarm of Eyes, the band Ratchaburi have booked a tour bus to bring people from the Boston area out to Worcester! For $30 fans will get a bus ride, beer on the bus and admission to the show at The Lucky Dog. To come party with Ratchaburi and Swarm of Eyes on the bus, please contact either band via their Facebook pages.
The bus ride may include a real shit-show, but with a live lineup like this you can be sure you won’t be seeing a shitty show at The Lucky Dog on the 28th! Come on down!