Locked In A Vacancy Releases Long-Awaited, Much-Anticipated “…Before The Dawn” EP
17 Years After Last Full-Length ‘It’s Always Darkest…’
[BROOKLYN, NY – December 1, 2023] – Cementing their reign as metalcore titans, New York City’s own Locked In A Vacancy today unleashes their much-awaited EP, “…Before The Dawn.” This release marks a significant milestone in the band’s fiery journey, embodying a sound that is both brutally incendiary and crushingly innovative. Following the electrifying impact of their recent singles, “The Burden of Being” and “…of Church and State,” the EP is set to set the metal world ablaze.
The band’s seminal full-length album, It’s Always Darkest…, released on August 29, 2006, set a profound benchmark in their musical odyssey, before submerging into hiatus. Today, they rekindle that fiery spirit with the release of their latest EP, “…Before The Dawn,” marking a pivotal transition from darkness into light.
”…Before The Dawn” is a relentless barrage of sound, each track meticulously crafted to showcase the band’s signature blend of intricate guitar work, earth-shattering breakdowns, and hauntingly fierce vocals. The EP’s lyrical content delves deep into the heart of societal discord, echoing the sentiments of disillusionment and resistance that resonate in today’s tumultuous times.
In this latest release, Locked In A Vacancy doesn’t just revisit the themes of their past work; they reframe them, offering a newfound sense of clarity and purpose. The darkness that once seemed all-encompassing in It’s Always Darkest… now serves as a backdrop to the emerging light in “…Before The Dawn.” It’s a testament to the band’s journey – not just as musicians but as storytellers, philosophers, and bearers of hope.
Recently, Locked In A Vacancy has been tearing through the metalcore scene, marking a thunderous comeback that’s impossible to ignore.
Ghost Cult (Single Premiere)
Ghost Cult Magazine proudly premiered Locked In A Vacancy’s latest single, solidifying their resurgence as metalcore giants. This track, a fusion of fierce aggression and refined artistry, showcased the band’s evolved sound – intense, unyielding, and resonant.
No Echo (Video Exclusive)
The group’s latest offering, a striking lyric video for “Burden of Being,” was featured on No Echo. The visual accompaniment added an extra layer of intensity to their already powerful music, solidifying their return to the metalcore scene.
Breathing The Core (Feature Interview)
Delving deep into the heart of their musical journey, Locked in a Vacancy shared their stories and inspirations in a “Behind The Tracks” feature with Breathing The Core on October 14th. This exclusive insight revealed the raw energy and passion that fuels their songs.
V13 Media (Feature News)
V13 Media spotlighted the Brooklyn group’s rise and relentless drive in the metalcore realm. This feature added an extra spark to the growing excitement surrounding the band, further establishing their reputation and expanding their fanbase.
Lambgoat (Single Premiere)
Locked in a Vacancy kicked off an electrifying month with the release of their latest single, premiered exclusively on Lambgoat on October 2nd, 2023. This explosive debut not only showcased their raw musical prowess but also resonated with fans, old and new, confirming their status as a force to be reckoned with in the music world.
This rash of coverage is a testament to Locked In A Vacancy’s reignited fury and the metal world’s hunger for their sound.
True to their roots, Locked In A Vacancy ensures that their music remains a potent form of expression against the backdrop of current socio-political landscapes. The EP’s raw energy and pointed social critique are a testament to their commitment to not just create music, but to spark a conversation, to challenge, and to awaken.
Recorded at the renowned Landmine Studios in Ewing, New Jersey, and released under the banner of Fuzz Therapy Records, this EP represents a crescendo of the band’s artistic evolution. Each track weaves a narrative that transcends the confines of genre, inviting listeners into a world where darkness gives way to dawn, both metaphorically and musically.
“It was crucial for us, right from the start, to approach our music with an artistic mindset. We were never just about creating straightforward tracks. Even in the early days, our band had a penchant for the more unique bands in the hardcore scene. Sure, we respected New York bands like Indecision and Shutdown, but we were really drawn to the unconventional, the ones who strayed from traditional hardcore. Bands like Shai Hulud, Coalesce, Converge, Botch, and Candiria were big influences on us – they were doing something different, mixing styles, adding a bit of chaos and complexity. That’s what caught our attention. We’ve always been open to a broad range of musical influences, intentionally avoiding putting limits on our sound.”
-Dyami Bryant, Vocalist & Lyricist, Locked In A Vacancy
Fans can expect “…Before The Dawn” to be a journey through the deepest hours of night, each song a chapter leading to an awakening, both personal and collective. The EP is not just a collection of tracks, but a comprehensive story – a story of struggle, awakening, and the relentless pursuit of truth.
In anticipation of today’s release, Locked In A Vacancy has already set the scene ablaze with their recent coverage in Ghost Cult Magazine, No Echo, Breathing The Core, and Lambgoat, signaling a return that is as much a resurgence as it is a revolution in the metalcore genre.
As the world gears up to embrace “…Before The Dawn,” Locked In A Vacancy stands ready, not just as musicians, but as harbingers of a new era in metalcore – one that is unapologetically fierce, unflinchingly honest, and undeniably powerful. Beyond just dropping an EP, today Locked In A Vacancy unleashes a maelstrom: returning to dominate the scene with their blistering resistance and unyielding resilience, ready to tear down the walls of the genre.
About Locked In A Vacancy
Emerging from New York’s underground in the late ’90s, Locked in a Vacancy was more than just another metalcore band—they were a tempest. Their performances were sonic earthquakes, shared with an exhaustive list of seminal bands including Converge, A Life Once Lost, Lamb of God, and Every Time I Die. If you’ve ever thrown down to these names, ignoring Locked in a Vacancy is a glaring lapse in your musical vocabulary.
A pause came in 2007, as members diverged into other projects. Any glimmer of a 2012 reunion vanished with the tragic loss of drummer Rick Cimato. Their discography became an archival whisper, a potent but paused narrative. Now, after years, they’re back—not to rehash the past, but to stake a new claim. Their latest EP, …Before the Dawn, isn’t a soft return; it’s an incendiary declaration that forces you to pay attention. This isn’t nostalgia—it’s a reckoning.
Their return isn’t about recapturing yesterday but about breaking today’s silence, filling a void that’s been keenly felt but never filled. Forget retrospectives; you’ll find Locked in a Vacancy in the spaces that defy easy labels.
For those who find solace in the brutal honesty of metalcore, and have longed for the return of a sound that shakes you to your foundation, your wait is over. If you’ve ever questioned, ever raged, ever yearned for something more, then look no further—Locked in a Vacancy is more than a band; they’re a call to arms. Your time to hesitate is through. Join the ranks and become part of a movement that refuses to be ignored.
This is not a reunion, but a renewal—a gut punch that refuses to ask for your attention and instead demands it. Brace yourself. They’re back.
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