TENSION RISING has unleashed their brand-new single & lyric video for the song, “Doomsayer.”
“Doomsayer” appears on the forthcoming release, Penumbra, due out in early September.
“Doomsayer” is a song essentially about the end of days. A bleak viewpoint of the world around us from one man who stands in the midst of absolute chaos. As he observes what transpires around him, he confronts a “fortune teller” of sorts.
In history we know these individuals as “soothsayers”. These individuals have been told to us to foresee the future and what lies ahead for us all. This particular “soothsayer” is categorically what we sought out to portray as a “Doomsayer”, a fortune-teller of inevitable doom; the speaker of demise as it were.
Our protagonist pleads with the doomsayer to tell him what lies in store for humanity. What shall happen to the human race during this time of death, decay, and turmoil? Our Doomsayer clearly speaks to him, “I see no hope for you now”. Fate has extended out its hand and pulled the rug out from under our very feet.
**We wanted this song to just be a story with very graphic imagery. At the time we were toying with other song ideas with similar concepts for dark song writing and we noticed all the madness around us. For those who believe in such things, you would be pressed to think that these were “end times”. That sparked the idea of creating this hellish world of the “Doomsayer”. – Tension Rising
Formed in 2008, TENSION RISING is a four-piece hard rock band, based in New York City. Frontman and rhythm guitarist Chris Garrigan connected wilth lead guitarist Nicky Van Page through a mutual friend, who was the bassist for the band up until 2015. Nicky commissioned a drummer that he had known from high school, and so the first iteration of the group was born. With the arrival of current bassist Alex Repetti in 2015, the band felt ready to enter the next phase in its musical endeavor.
To seek out a finite way to classify TENSION RISING in today’s smorgasbord of genres would be a disservice to those very same influences which have played such a prominent role in what the band has formulated since day one. A true work of art rarely leaves its audience with a clear answer. Drawing from a rather wide array of influences, TENSION RISING keeps its sights set on one thing – to rock. To emote the primal euphoria one feels when listening to music. And they do that, with no apologies. From modern djent and progressive metal, to classic rock and alternative, there are no limits when it comes to the band’s inspiration. Among their most prominently-cited influences is a who’s who of legendary rock acts – Dream Theater, Metallica, Pantera, Alter Bridge, and Led Zeppelin. The band is currently wrapping up its newest release, Penumbra, which is slated for release in early September, 2020.
As of June 2020, TENSION RISING is currently seeking a new drummer.