Metalcore-infused hardcore punks Stray From The Path have announced their sixth album, ‘Only Death Is Real’, which will drop on September 8th, and have dropped the timely-titled lead single ‘Goodbye Alt-Right’.

Never one’s to keep their mouths shut on the state of the world and its affairs, ‘Only Death Is Real’ steps it up a notch, covering itself in controversy, having surveyed the playing fields and produced subsequently a book of bloody battle notes etched in hardcore energy, metal fire, and and hip-hop poetry. The very essence of the record is symbolised first and foremost in its simplistically compelling artwork, depicting a game of chess.  Guitarist Thomas Williams offered his inner thoughts on the album’s theme, and its development:

“The king equals the elite, the queen equals the government, the bishop equals the church, the knight equals the military, the rook equals the police, and the pawn equals the people. This was the first time the vision and the theme of the album came before the music. We had the artwork first. We wrote this during a pretty dark and reflective time in our lives. In an age where government has failed, they made us feel as small and as insignificant as ever. In this game, all of the attention is turned onto the people: white versus black, Democrat versus Republican, gay versus straight, or Trump versus no Trump. They know the fight is within the community. There can be no fight against the establishment.”

The first taste of the album comes in the shape of ‘Goodbye Alt-Right’, which is an all-out full-blown aural assault, heading straight for the jugular, confronting and courting controversy head-on. Williams has been as open as your Nan on a bottle of vodka at Christmas, and his thoughts really prelude the album’s overarching themes:

“When Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, was punched on-camera a few months back, it was great to see that he and his hatred were not being tolerated. We were shocked to see that people were actually defending him though. They said he should have freedom of speech. They’re not wrong. People should be able to exercise free speech. Sometimes, the things you say come with consequences. There is enough hate, misery, and division in this country that we don’t need a televised white supremacist saying, ‘This country belongs to white people.’ Bottom line: if you preach hate, expect hate.”

If you’re dying to know more, here’s the tracklist from start to finish:

‘Only Death Is Real’ tracklist:
1. The Opening Move
2. Loudest In The Room
3. Goodnight Alt-right
4. Let’s Make A Deal
5. They Always Take The Guru
6. Plead The Fifth
7. Strange Fiction (feat. Keith Buckley)
8. All Day & A Night (feat. Bryan Garris)
9. The House Always Wins (feat. Vinnie Paz)
10. Only Death Is Real

If you’re as excited as we are and want to throw yourself into the pit, here’s where you can catch Stray From The Path on their headline tour in October:

05: LONDON Underworld
06: LEE
DS Key Club
08: MANCHESTER Rebellion
09: CARDIFF The Globe
10: BIRMINGHAM Mama Roux’s

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