London-based Japanese electronic metal band Esprit D'Air has today released their latest track and accompanying lyric video for "Dead Zone" featuring Ben Christo, from gothic rock legends The Sisters of Mercy. The track is taken from Esprit D'Air's new album 'Oceans' which has already totaled up over 2 million streams on Spotify and entered four UK official charts including #13 in Rock & Metal Albums and #7 in Independent Albums Breakers.
Speaking on today's release, Kai shares:
"'Dead Zone' is definitely one of the darkest tracks I have ever produced, but it also has some big chorus moments. I couldn't have picked anybody better than Ben to do this track with. He showed so much enthusiasm for it whilst also delivering meaningful and deep lyrics. I created the music with him in mind."
Ben Christo commented:
"As soon as I heard Kai’s cinematic soundscape for this track, I was inspired. The brooding yet majestic atmosphere conjured a wealth of vivid imagery, and thus melodies rapidly formed in my mind. The chorus vocal line you’ll hear is actually the very first one I came up with and despite experimenting with other ideas, I kept returning to this. It just felt ‘right’.
Browsing for words and phrases to align with the ‘Oceans’ album's nautical theme, the term ‘dead zone’ caught my attention, given its evocative definition: “Hypoxic, low-oxygen areas where few organisms can survive.” This gave me a potentially rich metaphor with which to work, and an abundance of lyrical ideas began to take shape. The finished lyric asks: are you trapped in an alluring yet deadly space of your own making and can you access the strength within you to break free? The words draw deeply on my own, very recent experiences."
Cradle of Filth's Richard Shaw also stated:
"Catchy and atmospheric, with incredible vocals and an otherworldly guitar solo. What a song!”
Prior to today's release, the band shared a stunningly remastered music video "Leviathan 2.0 (Enhanced Edition)" and visual accompaniment for "The Abyss" (featuring Ryo Kinoshita from Crystal Lake).
Reformed in 2016, Esprit D'Air is a Japanese electronic rock/metal solo project led by vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Kai. As featured on Loudwire, HuffPost, BBC Radio, Kerrang! & Louder, their sound is unique and fresh, bringing together hard-hitting aggression with melodic vocals and electronic synthesizers. In 2018, Esprit D'Air won 'Best Metal Album' at The Independent Music Awards in New York, for the release of their debut album, Constellations, judged by an esteemed panel featuring Slayer, Amy Lee (Evanescence), Sepultura & more.
Kai is not seeking a major record label but instead, follows a strong DIY ethos and produces everything himself to be as self-sufficient as possible. Consequently, they record and produce their own releases in their own home recording studio. In late 2020, Esprit D'Air released their single, "Leviathan", receiving support and praise from Loudwire, Kerrang! Radio, as well as members of The Sisters of Mercy, and The Birthday Massacre. In 2021, Esprit D'Air committed to releasing new material every six weeks made possible via their fans on Patreon. Esprit D'Air recently released their second album, 'Oceans' on February 18th, 2022, including collaborations with members of the iconic gothic rock group The Sisters of Mercy and Japanese metalcore band Crystal Lake, plus remixes by Heavygrinder, and Shirobon.
Upcoming tour dates:
- Sat July 30th, 2022: Amplified Festival (Headline Act), London, UK
- Sun July 31st, 2022: Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle, UK
- Mon August 1st, 2022: The Garage (G2), Glasgow, UK
- Tue August 2nd, 2022: Rebellion, Manchester, UK