“Green & Glass” by Unleash the Archers

The Canadian power metallers return with a new AI-inspired album.

Much has been written about the controversial aspects of artificial intelligence, be it replacing actors, fashion models, and journalists or the artistic theft involved in training AI systems. But acclaimed Canadian power metal outfit Unleash the Archers sought to actively — and ethically — partner with AI on their upcoming album, Phantoma.

Not surprisingly, Phantoma is an AI-inspired concept album, telling the story of an AI named “Phantoma” that gains sentience on a dystopic Earth in the not-too-distant future. From the press release:

Via the band’s one-of-a-kind blend of power metal, traditional heavy metal, modern prog and pop sensibilities, Unleash the Archers spin a web of sharp musicality, high sci-fi concept and important social commentary about seeing the brutal truths behind the manufactured sheen of social media posturing. Defying controversy and bringing their imagination to life, Unleash the Archers utilized AI during the writing, filming, and production process on Phantoma, and weaved electronic and synthwave elements throughout the album’s 10 colossal anthems, which — in line with its theme — prove much darker and heavier in comparison to the bright positivity of Abyss.

Phantoma’s first single is “Green & Glass,” and as you’d expect from Unleash the Archers, it’s chock-full of fiery riffs, intricate drumming, and Brittney Slayes’ soaring vocals. The single is also accompanied by an AI-generated music video that was created using material specifically licensed from artist Bo Bradshaw.

Phantoma will be released on May 10, 2024 by Napalm Records. Physical releases and merch can be pre-ordered via Napalm Records’ webstore.

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