"While most of the songs on the record are very personal to our own experiences, 'In Cleansing Fire' was written about issues that impact the world at large," Chamber guitarist Gabe Manuel says of the lead single off his band's upcoming album, Cost of Sacrifice. "This song is an analysis of the ways that the hateful and racist ideals this country was founded on still impact us today. The lyrics are a rejection of the argument that we aren't responsible for the crimes of our ancestors, and they highlight the hopeless feeling that a lot of people in this country have which gets in the way of real progress. Your voice matters, and if you don't use it to stand against racial injustice, police brutality and corruption, you are complicit in allowing those things to persist."
Tackling such big topics, "In Cleansing Fire" is the Nashville-based quartet's first new release since last year's Ripping/Pulling/Tearing compilation EP, and the band has teamed with Revolver today (August 11th) to premiere the song along with its gritty, VHS-style music video. Watch and listen above.
Chamber — rounded out by vocalist Jacob Lilly, bassist Chris Smith and drummer Taylor Carpenter — are part of the growing Nashville hardcore scene alongside such Revolver-championed bands as Orthodox and Thirty Nights of Violence. Cost of Sacrifice, their debut LP, is set to drop on October 23rd via Pure Noise Records and is available for pre-order now.
"[The album] was written and recorded during a period of transition and turmoil for everyone in Chamber," Manuel tells us. "We were all going through our own personal struggles and we found solace in working on these songs and getting everything we were feeling out on the table. We are all influenced by a lot of different kinds of music and art, and while it was a challenge to represent all of those things on the record in a cohesive way, we grew as songwriters and musicians as a result of that challenge."