Alt-Rock/Metal outlet Follow Me Dark prove that despite 2020 being a complete dumpster fire of a year, it didn’t have to put a stop on your creativity. On December 12, the quartet released their full-length self-titled album as a testament to their dedication and perseverance to beating the odds. Like many others in the industry, Covid rearranged their lives, putting them in a difficult spot in their careers especially with the absence of live shows. Taking advantage of this time, Follow Me Dark chose to focus on putting together an album that’s cohesive yet totally out of their comfort zones.
The album itself is meant to be an introduction into metal, something for everyone to sink their teeth into despite it being out of their realm of comfort. Musically, the album is a meshing of genres that work to create a profound mood through music as a reflection of the band members themselves. From the intricacies of their textural interludes, melodic choruses, and their lyricality, the album is a representation of their strengths. The sound is reminiscent of genre faves such as MUSE, Alice In Chains, and Deftones.
The band’s chemistry is by far one of the best things they have going for them. From Stephen Kozak’s vocals, Sean Batinic’s riffs, Elliot Grove’s bass grooves, and Jim Boots’ drums, each of them manages to shine all while creating a beautifully married sound. Their cohesive sound blends and amplifies their message and progressive approach to music & songwriting. Follow Me Dark allows the band to embrace organic musical peaks and valleys and offers a refreshing complexity to the Alt-Rock genre.
Kozak said, “too much music nowadays is predictable, it’s unexciting. It’s not surprising. That’s something we pride ourselves in; we try to make music that pushes you into ‘I didn’t see this coming. I’m off my rocker. I can’t categorize this’”.
The album itself listens like a storybook, forcing you to listen from beginning to end without skipping around. It speaks to the darker parts of ourselves that fight to stay hidden, highlighting that it’s okay to embrace the ugly bits that we aren’t always consciously aware of. One of the main objectives of the album was to act as an outlet for those who might be confronting their demons – those feelings of dread, confusion, chaos and anger, and they might find some solace among the music. Drummer Jim Boots said, “there’s a dark shadowy feeling to the music that’s kind of what the world is going through right now,” a statement that can sum up how the majority of us feel about the turbulence caused by the pandemic and the world collapsing around them. Their goal was to show others it’s okay to embrace those darker feelings because many are experiencing the same exact thing.
Follow Me Dark works to provide a cathartic and spiritual experience while offering something fresh. Among some of the standouts on the album include “As She Feeds,” “Divination,” “Temptress” and the closing track “Alone.” The album is a well-composed full-length, guaranteeing that there’s much more to come.
Written by Mikayla Anderson
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