“Set To Fail”, the new video from hardcore/metal veterans VISION OF DISORDER (a.k.a. V.O.D.), can be seen below. The song comes off the band’s new album, “The Cursed Remain Cursed”, which will be released on September 18 (one day earlier in Europe) via Candlelight Records.
Commented VISION OF DISORDER guitarist Matt Baumbach: “‘Set To Fail’ is a song that was literally finished the day before we went into the studio. [Mike] Kennedy showed up with this insane riff and it all came together very fast.
“This record is crazy in that some songs took three years and others took three days.
“It’s by far one of our strongest tracks ever, in my opinion, and it’s gonna be insane live.”
Added VISION OF DISORDER vocalist Tim Williams: “‘Set To Fail’ was the last song to come together for ‘The Cursed Remain Cursed’ writing sessions.
“When the track was played back over the studio speakers, it was clear from the first thirty seconds we had a monster on our hands. The track represented everything V.O.D. was, is, and will be. All the elements and chaos V.O.D. has to offer is within the track.
“When our friend Kirk Farrington approached us for a video shoot, there was no doubt in our minds that this song would be it. Lyrically, [it is] the utmost honest and venomous track on the record, coming from a journey through the several levels of a personal hell so deep, the even the sun could cast no shadows.”
A working collaboration between VISION OF DISORDER, producer Will Putney (SHADOWS FALL, SUICIDE SILENCE), and mixer Cameron Webb (MOTÖRHEAD, SOCIAL DISTORTION), “The Cursed Remains Cursed” is eagerly anticipated, with the album’s lead single, “Loveless”, recently having landed in the Top 20 on CMJ‘s Loud Rock Album chart.
Several artists were considered for “The Cursed Remain Cursed”; the band looking for images that would reflect the near four years of intense work that comprised the making of the album. It was the vision of East Anglia-based illustrator Tom Bates that struck the right chord with the band in making the final selection. Guitarist Mike Kennedy says, “Some of the best album covers, like SOUNDGARDEN‘s ‘Badmotorfinger’ and FAITH NO MORE‘s ‘Angel Dust’, say everything and nothing at the same time. We felt like Tom‘s art really impacted us profoundly in that way. None of us were thinking in that direction yet as soon as we saw it, the band unanimously wanted it on the cover.”
Lyrical inspiration for “The Cursed Remain Cursed”, as detailed by vocalist Tim Williams, came from a personal place. “There was a lot going on in my life at the time we began writing songs for the record and I had a lot to reflect upon,” he reveals. “Looking back over the past few years, I have had to make some difficult decisions. There were things that needed to change. Some things die quietly, while other things take years to pass.. Your life is what you make of it, to live is to learn.” He adds, “Some songs came very easy, like ‘Skullz Out’. Songs like ‘Loveless’ and ‘Set To Fail’ took a little bit more effort because they were already saying something musically, so I had to work extra hard to push the vocal over the top.”
With creative detail now complete, the band is preparing for the album’s early autumn release and upcoming live appearances. Reflecting the extensive process, guitarist Matt Baumbach says, “In my opinion ‘The Cursed Remain Cursed’ is our band’s finest achievement. We are proud to have written something that represents the next level of V.O.D. It is never easy to make one of our records; it’s long, arduous, and at times maniacal. This record bleeds from the band’s heart and it survived hell and back to get here. Roll the dice one more time because we are all in with this one.” Kennedy adds, “We feel we accomplished a very unique, vicious and exciting record without compromising the V.O.D. brand of hardcore.”
“The Cursed Remain Cursed” track listing:
02. Set To Fail
03. Blood Red Sun
04. Hard Times
06. Skullz Out (Rot In Pieces)
07. The Enemy
08. The Seventh Circle
09. New Order of Ages
10. Be Up On It
11. Heart And Soul
VISION OF DISORDER‘s current lineup includes singer Tim Williams, guitarists Matt Baumbach and Mike Kennedy, Fleischmann and drummer Brendon Cohen.
The band’s last studio album, “From Bliss to Devastation”, came out in 2001 via TVT Records.
VISION OF DISORDER toured with some of metal’s biggest names during the late 1990s — including PANTERA, BLACK SABBATH, TYPE O NEGATIVE, ANTHRAX and BAD BRAINS — before calling it quits in 2001, and then reuniting in 2008.