The band's new track and video, The Painful Truth, sees them embracing their classic style while at the same time incorporating new influences and sounds. The song itself is misanthropic, with frontman Marshall Lichtenwaldt snarling where he used to shriek and the guitars featuring an acidic buzz around the edges. The video, meanwhile, is a flickering montage of occult imagery, performance footage, and shots of the more vicious and venomous parts of California's wildlife.
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"The Painful Truth was the first song written and recorded for Monomyth," the band tells Kerrang!. "We wanted to throw all convention out the window and push the boundaries of our creativity in every respect, while still honoring the 'old' Warriors sound. In a sense, this song was the foundation upon which the rest of the album was built. In this early stage of the writing process, we had every intention of recording and releasing this music ourselves, free of any external influence or expectations. We're so grateful that Pure Noise ultimately raised their hand to help us with this release. They gave us all the freedom we needed to make this happen.
"Lyrically, the song addresses the need to burn our egos to the ground and to rise up with a full heart-- to unshackle ourselves and to have the courage to fulfill our dreams. Climb that mountain, read that book, write that song, reconnect. Exercise patience, compassion, civility and love. Ultimately, it comes down to the old aphorism, 'Know Thyself.' Reject the 'beautiful lie'. Suffer the 'painful truth' in order to make personal transformation. Never forget how powerful you really are."
Check out the exclusive premiere of The Painful Truth below: