It's the first instalment from the third chapter of their new album 'A Hundred Shivers'.
Last year, Wars released two parts of their new album 'A Hundred Shivers'. Taking on the form of chapters, the band have let the different sections of the record exist in their own right and linger and blossom before delving into the next stage.
Well, now they have kickstarted 'Chapter Three' with 'A Hell Behind My Eyes', a crushing yet poetic slice of ethereal post-hardcore.
Like waves crashing against the shore, the track ebbs and flows between and delicate and destructive and add further detail to their ambitious project.
The band have offered up some explanation for the timing of the track drop and what it represents within its own right:
“At some point, evidently, you have to stop saying 'it's a strange time to release music', and just do it. As the UK at least comes in and out of lockdowns and teeters on the brink of better days before needing to sink back into isolation, we feel so lucky that we're able to actually do that now and finally begin the third chapter of A Hundred Shivers.
“’A Hell Behind My Eyes’ is our first single from it, and is a journey into the ravaged landscape that often lays beneath. Some of us have our hardest days underneath a cloak of 'hellos' and 'doing greats' and 'you toos', and in these times it can feel even more separate - like there's a whole world in our heads that swallows us up the moment it's given half a chance. It's also, hopefully, a message to those that are struggling, that they are not alone.”
Here we go:
Let's get you caught up on the rest of the album then.
And here's a little context to the rollout of it, courtesy of vocalist Rob Vicars:
“A Hundred Shivers began life as this expansion of the ideas we started with on the EP, ‘As Within /// So Without’, and it’s grown and snaked even broader than we originally thought it might. That idea of internal chaos and disorder reflecting out onto the world around you remains, and we talk within that about the relentlessness of just existing in society now; the impact losing yourself has on those around you; escape; guilt; fear… We’re still in awe of the fact we get a platform to go all in on these ideas and bring them out.”
“[Releasing in chapters] means we can wrap all our little communications around each individual selection of songs really tightly, and be creative in a tonne of different spaces, all over the course of this one record."
Here's 'Chapter One':
And here's 'Chapter Two':