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Modern metalcore pushers Matriarchs tap lyricist Jarren Benton for “Edge Lorde”

Posted by Ramon Gonzales in Culture on January 20, 2022

Merging fluid bars with core aggression the collaboration reiterates the band’s fresh take on the sound.

Emerging LA-based metalcore unit Matriarchs have delivered a steady succession of singles over the course of the last year. Dropping convincing performances on single like “R.A.N.,” “Ascendency” and “Solace,” in recent months, the collective comprised of members of previously established bands like Hoods, Ruckus, and The Faceless continue to craft a stylistic collision that sources the best of alternative culture’s broad range of influences.

The band’s brand of metalcore, coupled with own individual lean loans itself to outside the box thinking and a unique receptiveness to experiment with their sound without compromising their integrity. Thus, tracks like “Edge Lorde” are born.

Enlisting the lyrically fluid talents of Decatur-based wordsmith Jarren Benton, Matriarchs embraced spirit of collaboration and approach the former Funk Volume/Roc Nation artist with nothing more than a track and their appreciation.

Matriarchs drummer Ben Levi detailed the origins of the track, “I discovered Jarren Benton last year, Ironically the spotify algorithm had slipped one of his tunes onto my queue after my playlist had finished. I instantly fell in love, looked him up and hit him up with something I had been workin on and he was down to kick it off for us. Both K (Matriarchs vocalist) and I are huge fans, and are super proud of what we were able to come up with together. 

All Jarren had was a song title and the music but he set the tone right away and it was easy to vibe lyrically off of that.   There are a lot of different elements we don’t normally use and we were interested in expanding our sonic means of communication. We are very proud of this release.”

The track underscores the band’s continued sonic evolution. Turning heads in 2020 with the unveiling of their Year of the Rat LP, the band’s metallic hardcore roots, have since been bolstered by a progressive approach to the genre. Fusing personally-charged lyrics and a modern take on metalcore, Matriarchs blur genre lines with a level of authenticity that separates them from the pack.

Check the premiere of “Edge Lorde” from Matriarchs featuring Jarren Benton below.


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