The Awakening, South Africa’s favorite gothic metal export, have released their new song "The Carriage" a dramatic and powerful new single this past Halloween season!
“The Carriage” marks a triumphant return to the heavier side of The Awakening, considered by the band, as described by lead singer and front man Ashton Nyte, to be their, “darkest and heaviest yet.” It is a hint of more to come as the lead single for their full-length album, set to be released March 2016.
“The Carriage” was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (noted for his work with Faith No More, Sepultura, and Therion) in Los Angeles. The song features a blistering guitar solo from Mark Gemini Thwaite (guitarist for The Mission, Peter Murphy, and Gary Numan) and is the first recording to feature The Awakening’s new bassist, Chela Rhea Harper (previously of Coal Chamber).
Since relocating to the US in 2008, The Awakening have released their eighth album Tales Of Absolution + Obsoletion in 2009, toured extensively, and released a career retrospective Anthology XV in 2013. In addition, enigmatic front man and songwriter Ashton Nyte released three solo albums, The Valley, Moederland, and Some Kind Of Satellite to critical acclaim. Apart from touring his solo work from New York to New Orleans, other highlights included a feature on PRI’s “The World” and an on-air performance on “Border Crossings” to over 125 million listeners. Current international features include Gothic Beauty, Sonic Seducer, Auxiliary, Regen, Giuseppina, Brutal Resonance, Bloodlit Radio, Orkus, Dark Beauty, COMA Music Magazine, and many more.
The Awakening have enjoyed a dedicated following since the release of their album Risen in 1997, featuring their rendition of “The Sound Of Silence”, now a cult classic. Numerous tours, headline slots at festivals like Oppikoppi and Ramfest, and extensive radio and media support have maintained The Awakening’s iconic status as one of the underground’s most respected and prolific forces. But their next chapter promises to be their biggest yet.
“The Carriage” is available on iTunes and at www.theawakening.com.