New Northlane single 'Citizen'

2017-03-19 by SteakByrnes | 69 Comments
Australian progressive metalcore act Northlane have released another new single titled "Citizen". This is the third new song to be released since their split EP with In Hearts Wake last year, but there is still no news of a new album coming out. Listen to the new song here


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SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017
4576 Comments


Pretty meh to be honest, Marcus still hasn't won me over

I did enjoy the split with In Hearts Wake tho, that was pretty fun

Digging: Ghost Atlas - All Is In Sync, and There's Nothing Left to Sing

calmrose
March 19th 2017
2296 Comments


zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

another snooze-fest song

Digging: Frontierer - Orange Mathematics

Danred97
March 19th 2017
1490 Comments


Well, that was bland. I remember liking Node a lot, but this has absolutely no soul. It's as by the numbers as you can get. Production is weak as fuck as well.

Digging: Tigers Jaw - spin

Durrzo
March 19th 2017
1475 Comments


Better than Intuition but still pretty lackluster.

bloc
March 19th 2017
44386 Comments


lol how the fuck are the guitarists playing a Strat and Tele for this? If those are the studio instruments used, no wonder the guitars sound like ass

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sempiturtle
March 19th 2017
1105 Comments


This is fucking good you pricks.

ianblxdsoe
March 19th 2017
1358 Comments


make something with an edge to it goddammit i remember the first time i heard genesis into scarab it blew my fucking head off

Sinternet
March 19th 2017
14855 Comments


man this band has been killing it recently

Sinternet
March 19th 2017
14855 Comments


and by 'it' I mean a once-promising career

JeetJeet
March 19th 2017
4478 Comments


*throws tomatoes at Sinternet*

BOOOOOOOOO

JeetJeet
March 19th 2017
4478 Comments


But yeah this sucks. Band sucks now too.

SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017
4576 Comments


That was good Sint, gave me a chuckle

@sempiturtle if by "fucking good" you mean "really boring and has no punch to it" then yea

SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017
4576 Comments


Adrian leaving really killed them

sempiturtle
March 19th 2017
1105 Comments


This didn't bore me at all. Turn up your sub m8.

SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017
4576 Comments


All I know is that Northlane used Yawn and put me to sleep

You cannot sit there and try to tell me that this has any punch whatsoever, especially compared to Genesis and Scarab

snerefedsav
March 19th 2017
945 Comments


i was hoping from the mesmer video they put out that maybe they were gonna get spacier. this is ok but it could have been by like 15 other bands

SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017
4576 Comments


The only thing I got out of mesmer was some sweet desktop backgrounds

Snide
March 19th 2017
7050 Comments


As a citizen of Sputnik I have to say...










This song fucking sucks.

Snide
March 19th 2017
7050 Comments


Production is garbage, vocals are mediocre at best, instrumentals have no impact whatsoever, and the lyrics are generic.

Hard 1.5

SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017
4576 Comments


Agreed 100% my dude

JeetJeet
March 20th 2017
4478 Comments


Sheesh even Snide is shittin on it. Good job Northland.

Snide
March 20th 2017
7050 Comments


I was never into these guys TOO much, but Node and Singularity were solid 3s for me.

This was just terrible, what the hell happened?

SteakByrnes
March 20th 2017
4576 Comments


Singularity and Discoveries are solid 4.5s for me (Discoveries has even tempted me to put it as a 5)

Adrian left is what happened

Snide
March 20th 2017
7050 Comments


I didn't like Discoveries that much (2.5)
What did you think of Node, Steak?

SteakByrnes
March 20th 2017
4576 Comments


All good man, it doesn't really seem like it's up your alley that much anyway haha

And Node was rather boring to me, but it had some sweet tracks on it like Rot and Ra. Overall tho it just felt like one long song to me, not a lot of variety in the songs or the structure of them. I think I have it as a 2.5, they just focused way too much on the atmospheric elements of it for my liking

Snide
March 20th 2017
7050 Comments


Yeah I can see that man. I honestly enjoyed this band for their more atmospheric moments which is why I liked Node a little more than their other material. Singularity had some lit jams though.

SteakByrnes
March 20th 2017
4576 Comments


I remember when I first heard Scarab, my god I thought my speakers were gonna blow out on the "THE TRUTH IS WE ALL SUFFER" refrain in the middle of the song. I miss that style of Northlane, it's a shame that they will probably never go back to their hard hitting ways

I do dig some of the atmospheric stuff tho, when they do it right it sounds amazing

sempiturtle
March 20th 2017
1105 Comments


"Adrian left is what happened."

I think they were headed this way anyway man. Marcus just happened to come in as they decided to go more atmospheric. The original version of Rot was a lot like old Northlane, and might even be my favorite song by them, but the band decided to take it a different direction on Node. Either way I still like this.

SteakByrnes
March 20th 2017
4576 Comments


The original Rot was much better than the studio version for sure, but honestly I doubt they'd sound like this if Adrian was still a part of the band. For starters, the vocals wouldn't be boring like they have been since Marcus came along. They only front to back great thing they've done with Marcus was the split with In Hearts Wake, which had the influence of 11 people writing the music

sempiturtle
March 20th 2017
1105 Comments


Yeah I'd probably agree that besides the original Rot, the best thing they've done with Marcus is Hologram. But I really like Node for more chill vibes and Singularity for when I want to break shit.

SteakByrnes
March 20th 2017
4576 Comments


I just never find myself coming back to Node, and when I do I immediately regret it

I've listened all the way through Discoveries and Singularity more times than I can recall since they came out, and I'm still not tired of them. Aspire still gives me goosebumps, Dispossession still has me screaming my heart out, Worldbreaker still has me wanting to break shit, etc. Node just doesn't have any emotion for me

chug73
March 20th 2017
3112 Comments


1. They used the word 'undertow'
2. The production is trash. Muddy, flat guitars
3. Just not good
Singularity was fucking sweet. The intro and scarabs was heavy as dicks and the drumming was sweet. If this is like the last album I'm out.

FearThyEvil
March 20th 2017
15375 Comments


band has been bad since the beginning but at least their roots were admirable at first.

henryChinaski
March 20th 2017
3883 Comments


I kinda dig the chorus, but the rest is bland indeed.

Digging: Kiasmos - Blurred EP

cloakanddagger
March 20th 2017
206 Comments


People are still expecting another Discoveries or Singularity after Node came out? Lmao.
Song is ok, I feel like they're reflecting on alt-metal from the 90's and 2000's, similar to Suicide Silence, only Northlane are actually able to pull it off fairly well albeit a bit blandly.

Spec
March 20th 2017
34816 Comments


Can't listen right now. Any good?

chug73
March 20th 2017
3112 Comments


Nah

Spec
March 20th 2017
34816 Comments


ok

sspedding
March 20th 2017
5184 Comments


I don't even know why i bother listening to these new tracks.

henryChinaski
March 20th 2017
3883 Comments


btw what happened to their old vocalist? Is he in a new band or something?

Evreaia
March 20th 2017
4897 Comments


This guy really needs to stop screaming. His cleans are decent, but his screams are downright terrible.

Thor
March 20th 2017
10250 Comments


Just sounds like Diet Tesseract to me. Boring.

sempiturtle
March 20th 2017
1105 Comments


"btw what happened to their old vocalist? Is he in a new band or something?"

Destroyed his voice and quit music. He does photography now.

hallgath
March 20th 2017
54 Comments


"lol how the fuck are the guitarists playing a Strat and Tele for this? If those are the studio instruments used, no wonder the guitars sound like ass"

Don't comment about gear if you don't know about gear

Digging: Polaris (AUS) - The Mortal Coil

bloc
March 20th 2017
44386 Comments


lol that's hilarious

JayEnder
March 20th 2017
641 Comments


Sinternet that comment was golden lmao.

Digging: Ghost Atlas - All Is In Sync, and There's Nothing Left to Sing

hallgath
March 20th 2017
54 Comments


A custom baritone 7-string Jackson with Bare Knuckle pickups and you make a judgement on it based on how the headstock looks like a regular strat... Jon's been playing ESP telecaster 7-strings at least since the band was still touring for Singularity in 2014.

bloc
March 20th 2017
44386 Comments


Ah, forgive my ignorance, but the guitars should sound much better then, no?

AmericnZero02
March 20th 2017
3705 Comments


A Snoozefest indeed.

How did the same guitarists that wrote the riffs in Scarab write the ones here?

SteakByrnes
March 20th 2017
4576 Comments


Yea the guitarists definitely got lazier and are using this atmospheric and spacey sound to get away with it

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
March 20th 2017
10179 Comments


at least node was still clearly northlane and had a lot of spacey proggy shit and technical playing at times. this is literally just slighty atmospheric rock with downtuned ass guitars.

hallgath
March 20th 2017
54 Comments


hahaha yes, for sure. Misha plays Jacksons with Bare Knuckles in Periphery and they are obviously clearer than this.
I think that it's just a stylistic production choice by the band. I think their tone fits their aesthetic and makes it feel grungier and more authentic than a squeaky-clean over produced track.

ellinho
March 20th 2017
2 Comments


what is with this opening riff? if you didnt tell me this is northlane i wouldnt believe it.

trilogique21
March 20th 2017
1321 Comments


yeah boring. not bad and easy on the ears, but boring. production is terrible too.

outliers
March 20th 2017
160 Comments


this garbo really makes me miss singularity. wish they'd change their damn band name.

SteveOffProbation
March 20th 2017
1445 Comments


better than a lot of the shit pop core that's been comin out. will check next album they put out

DreamAgain
March 20th 2017
580 Comments


God this band sucks. There's nothing interesting about them. Literally the definition of generic.

tellah
March 20th 2017
555 Comments


every album after Discoveries, they get slightly more boring and worse

Spec
March 20th 2017
34816 Comments


this is a solid 1/5

AfterTheBreakdown
March 20th 2017
7209 Comments


How do they keep getting worse lmao.

AmericnZero02
March 20th 2017
3705 Comments


"this garbo really makes me miss singularity."

[2]

chug73
March 20th 2017
3112 Comments


Implying what they play in the clip they recorded with.
Also they play in drop G# yes? Nothing some ridiculous strings and an axe fx can't fix.

bloc
March 20th 2017
44386 Comments


They're probably under contract to only play ESP and LTD, assuming they are endorsed. A small band like this probably wouldn't be able to be have a contract flexible enough to let them play other brands

But yeah an Axe Fx will make you sound amazing no matter what cheap shit you play lol. I would know lol

chug73
March 20th 2017
3112 Comments


We have all been there.
I remember this guy I used to jam with bought the first 8 string Ibanez that finally made its way to stores down here. He was playing thru a Line 6 and my god it sounded awful. At the time we thought it was coolest shit ever lol
Eventually he bought an Axe Fx and no matter what we played, what sounds we patched into it, it sounded great. Even if what we were playing was trash.


DatBeefPudding
March 20th 2017
1866 Comments


this was boring

Thandall
March 20th 2017
8 Comments


I'm betting the next release will be better than Node, but these gents set the bar too high with Adrian. Everything with Marcus focuses too much on him, and the progressive brutality has all but disappeared...

chug73
March 20th 2017
3112 Comments


I love progressive brutality as well. Needs more progressive brutality to ensure the progressive brutality is both progressive and brutal

Lefondre
March 21st 2017
133 Comments


I liked most of Node but this is pretty meh... Hopefully they put more effort into their next LP

Digging: Converge - The Dusk in Us

SweeneyTodd
March 22nd 2017
1458 Comments


I enjoyed Node, and I enjoyed this up until the chorus. These guys have a lot of potential though, they just need to use it

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