July 4th, 2014 (Chicago, IL.) — The Great Divide is a brand new, four-piece, progressive metal band from the suburbs of Chicago, IL. On July 4th, 2014, the quartet marked their spot in the progressive metal scene by releasing their first single “The Onlooker’s Pattern” off their upcoming EP. The track is a homage to the infamous video game series The Legend of Zelda! As with many independent metal acts nowadays, the band members themselves self engineered the track; additionally, the group enlisted the efforts of acclaimed producer Paul Ortiz (Chimp Spanner, ex-Monuments) for the production. The group worked extensively with Ortiz who comments,
“It was really fun and challenging to find the balance between melody and aggression; there’s plenty of both in the track. It’s difficult to blend the two but (these guys) did a great job of it. (I am) very happy with how it turned out and I think people are going to dig it!“
For those who are familiar with the story line of The Legend of Zelda the song really speak to the inner video game fanatic. Lyrically, The Onlooker’s Pattern explores the multidimensional struggle between good and evil forces throughout the Zelda timeline. This exploration focuses on the perspective of the Mask Salesman (Majora’s Mask)
“It’s basically my own story I wanted to tell using established plot elements as well as contributing my own array of events”, says vocalist Adrian Dabu.
Instrumentally, the track is heavily guitar driven, combining angry, fast paced sections with more ambient, near jazz segments. And of course, being inspired by Zelda, the song features some catchy upbeat melodies to contrast the darker elements.
Guitarist Johnny Wright was quoted as saying “Both the music and lyrics come from a very nerdy place“.
Currently the band is spending the remainder of the summer and fall building their local networks and recording the rest of their debut EP. The Great Divide’s debut EP is set for release this winter, as is an independent Midwest tour in support of the record.