In an age defined by the instant gratification of social media, we’ve grown accustomed to bands releasing an endless drip of new content. However, immediacy does not always guarantee quality. She Said Destroy have, by their own admission, been in “hibernation” for the last eight years. An active live band in the early part of the millennium, the four-piece released two full-lengths and an EP before they disappeared, citing fatigue and the separation of their members between the countries of Norway and Lithuania.

However, they’ve recently emerged from the permafrost of their North European home, and are preparing to unleash their newest album Succession. This third full-length—recorded at guitarist Snorre Bergerud’s studio in Vilnius, Lithuania in early 2020—continues She Said Destroy’s liberal approach to blending different styles and subgenres of extreme metal. Across its eleven tracks, the album encompasses complex death metal, stunning black metal, impassioned crust punk and chilly, muscular sludge. New single “Eyes Go Pale” adheres closest to this latter style, showcasing She Said Destroy’s songwriting prowess via five engrossing minutes of brutal and transcendent heaviness.

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The video for "Eyes Go Pale," which we’re premiering here, is a fittingly creepy and dreamlike experience. Its expressionist visuals conjure an uncannily timeless feel, as does the folk horror-like visuals that are revealed near its denouement. This idiosyncratic blurring of aesthetics mirrors She Said Destroy’s own approach to their musical craft, providing “Eyes Go Pale” with a fittingly warped visual accompaniment.

—Tom Morgan

The band comments:

With EYES GO PALE we tried to write the saddest piece of music we could. Not in the sense of a romantic sadness, but rather something that felt completely hopeless and miserable. The theme of the song is of losing someone to an all consuming illness in a way where their personality is more or less eradicated and they become the disease.

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Succession releases October 15th via Mas-Kina Records.