Polaris last released a full-length back in 2020 in the form of The Death Of Me. Hitting the airwaves just as the COVID pandemic took over, it became a record that represented so much more than they initially anticipated. A crushing and cathartic look at the internal monologue and how it shifts with time, it’s a shining star in the modern metalcore sky. And now they are back once again to write their name even more into folklore with a record that pulls on the darkness and despair that we all existed in.
The band’s new album is set to be called Fatalism and will be released on September 1st via SharpTone Records. Drummer Daniel Furnari had this to say about it:
“For us, fatalism is the resignation to the idea that you have no control over certain things, that some things are almost pre-determined and inevitable, which seems like a negative and almost fearful notion. But one of the reasons I was drawn to it as a concept and as an album title was that there’s almost a freedom in that idea too. Once you can accept that there are certain things you simply can’t control – it’s actually very liberating.”
“We want people to feel a sense of connection to something outside of themselves when they hear this album. There’s a certain peace that comes with accepting that there are some things larger than yourself and redirecting that fear.”
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The artwork looks like this:
And the tracklisting:
05. “With Regards”
07. “The Crossfire”
10. “Fault Line”
11. “All In Vein”
You can also hear the first piece taken from it, and it is a punisher. That’s “Inhumane” and is all the chaos and catharsis of Polaris summed up in four brutal minutes. Extravagant riffs, banshee howls and steel-plated breakdowns aplenty, it’s a masterclass.
Daniel had this to add about what it represents:
“Inhumane reflects on the feeling of growing desensitized to death, violence and tragedy due to overexposure. I think for a lot of people over the last few years, when you’re facing a constant barrage of horrible news coming from every corner on a literal daily basis, eventually you reach a point where the initial shock and sadness wear off and you find yourself becoming almost numb to it.
“It’s like a subconscious defense mechanism – when caring too much becomes too taxing, we stop caring at all. That hollow feeling, or lack of feeling, can come with a lot of guilt, making you question whether your empathy and your humanity have been erased, and in a strange way almost wishing you could feel that pang of fear or sadness again.”