Canadian Melodic Power Metal group Unleash the Archers have released their fifth full-length concept album, Abyss, via Napalm Records and to celebrate the release, they've unveiled their music video for "Faster Than Light".
In the tongue-in-cheek video, the members of the band take part in a competitive footrace, but are "met with unexpected twists along the way".
Frontwoman Brittney Slayes says about "Faster Than Light":
"Being that this song is about racing off into the far corners of space, we thought it would be a fun idea to actually race each other in the music video to see which one of us was truly 'Faster Than Light'! Of course we had to have some fun with it though, and added a little bit of excitement into the mix. Our director mentioned an older Stephen King novel called The Long Walk as inspiration for a way to spice up the video and we all agreed it would be hilarious! Check out the plot synopsis on Wikipedia if you haven't read it already... This track has turned into a favourite of the band and we knew it had to be a single the moment the finished product was in our hands. It's fast, fun, and is going to be an absolute blast to play live!"
Thematically, Abyss is the direct sequel to the band’s 2017 album Apex. Abyss was once again engineered, mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios in Denmark (Volbeat, Delain, Amaranthe), with production by guitarist Andrew Kingsley. Closer track “Afterlife” features orchestration contributions from Francesco Ferrini of Italian symphonic Death Metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse.
The band has also pointed out that this album brings a lot more synth into the mix, and for the first time ever, all tracks were written on seven strings.