Traditional heavy metal titans CORNERS OF SANCTUARY (COS) have released a brand new digital single on Exquisite Noise Records. Their latest effort, titled “Dreams,” features guest artist Kayla Marie, singer of Powerless Rise, sitting front and center as lead vocalist for this unique and stylish Metal sonata.
“We wanted to try something different,” said Mick Michaels, the band’s founder and guitarist. “I had the opportunity to work with Kayla last year while producing Powerless Rise’s first album. I knew she would make a great fit for the direction this song was meant to go in,” he continued.
The song is a strong departure from the band’s usual delivery of the modern classic heavy metal sound. “I think we managed to maintain our signature traditional style. It’s definitely COS. We just tweaked the formula a bit to create another layer of the band’s personality. You can’t be afraid to take chances,” Michaels added. “This is a sweet track! It actually strikes a nice balance between catchy hooks and the usual Heavy Metal sound. I think people will love it,” said Jason McGathey, President of Exquisite Noise Records regarding the new single.
Inspired by a friend as a challenge to do something different, Michaels wrote the music but co-penned the song’s lyrics with drummer Mad T. “After the music was demoed, I asked T what he thought and if he had any ideas for the arrangement. He said he really liked it and handed me some lyrics he had already written. They fit. We did some rewrites and adjusted the arrangement… T wrote the bulk of the lyrics, I just COSified them,” Michaels explained. “The lyrics were actually written a few years back,” states COS drummer Mad T. “When I heard the song, I knew immediately they would work. I’m absolutely blown away with how this song turned out. The combination of Kayla and the music. The song literally feels like a dream!” he added with a smile.
“Dreams” comes on the heels of the band’s recent completion of their “yet-to-be-released” fifth studio album, “The Galloping Hordes”. The album, which began recording in late 2016, was being worked on in between the band’s hefty live date schedule and is slated to release this Fall.
“We are hoping to get the album out later this year. But there’s no rush,” said bassist James Pera. “We have a lot of stuff going on at the moment and when the time is right, it will be released,” he added.
When asked how he felt about having another singer take the lead for this single, current front man Frankie Cross quickly responded, “This band has done so much for me both personally and professionally. I am beyond grateful. For this song, we talked about doing a duet. I know that’s what Mick originally had in mind for the song. But after hearing Kayla’s recorded tracks, we knew immediately that having her voice as the lead was the right way to go. As a band we couldn’t be happier with the way the song turned out.”
In a recent interview on The Keep it Metal Show, the band talked about their consideration for releasing a video for the song in the coming months. “Some initial concept pieces have already been put together for a possible video. More so to give the song an even deeper complexity. But we will see. Like James said, we have a lot of stuff going on at the moment,” commented Michaels.
“Dreams” is available on multiple online platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify among others as well as on the COS website www.cornerofsanctuary.com/musiccatalog.html.
The song is also available for streaming on the Metal Babe Mayhem (MBM) site: www.metalbabemayhem.com and currently in full rotation on Digital Revolution Radio: www.digitalrevolutionradio.com.
Look for Corners of Sanctuary this November as they make their way to California for The American Metal Mayhem Tour, November 3rd – 12th, sponsored by Metal Babe Mayhem.
Upcoming Corners of Sanctuary tour dates
September 22 – Coal Mine Taproom– St. Clair, PA.
September 23 – The New Penny – Scranton, PA
November 6 – The Rainbow Bar & Grill – West Hollywood, CA
(with Kantation & Taipan)
November 11 – The House of Metal at Malones – Santa Ana, CA
November 12 – C4CORadio.net – Santa Ana, CA
(In studio performance & interview)
More Dates TBA
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