The Portland-based hardcore horde unveil their crushing title track and begin the charge towards their October 1st debut.
As one of heavy music’s most intriguing prospects, the hardcore, American heavy metal amalgam of Portland’s Dying Wish, in just three years, has earned a reputation as one of the most anticipated artists in the category. In fact, still months away from their Sharptone Records debut, the band has always earned accolades from respected cultural voices like Revolver and Brooklyn Vegan while touted a nomination for “Best International Band” at the UK’s Heavy Music Awards.
Last year the band managed to satiate fans eager to hear new music with the release of the single, “Innate Thirst.” The cut only added to the groundswell of momentum surrounding the band and created even more hype heading into 2021. Now, Dying Wish has finally set October 1st as the arrival date of their highly-anticipated full length Fragments of a Bitter Memory. To celebrate the news, the band has shared the video for the title track and confirmed with the strength of the relentless single that they are bound for a breakout year.
Vocalist Emma Boster revealed the truly personal nature of the angst and aggression at the core of the title track and subsequently, the stylistic signature of the band as a whole. “‘Fragments’ starts by taking the listener back to my first memory. I was five years old and I was the flower girl at my mother’s wedding. My biological father wasn’t in my life and the man she was marrying took a vow to fill that void.
“Over the next decade I watched that same man who I had learned to call my father become a violent alcoholic. By the time I was a young teen I was being verbally and physically abused by him almost daily. I was living in constant fear.
“Seasons of life forever change healing the fragments you still control” refers to my constant struggle of healing from this trauma in my adulthood. The video ends with her stabbing him over the lyrics “I would bury you if I could” because even after therapy and a decade of healing, violent revenge seems like the easiest and most satisfying way to cope.”
A potent combination of style, substance, and true volatility, Dying Wish are deadset on establishing their footing in the space of heavy music and bridging the divide between hardcore and metal in a way that brings fans from both spaces together… likely in the pit.
Fragments of a Bitter Memory is out October 1, 2021 via SharpTone Records and can be pre-ordered – HERE