Seattle’s Draemora will be unleashing their new “Death Rectangle” on June 18, 2021. Just this past April, they gave fans a taste of the record with the first single “Victorious” and today, they want to share the progressive shred of that track with its guitar playthrough. The playthrough can be viewed below:
Guitarist Terry Jenkins comments on the writing and playing guitar for song: “In this playthrough of “Victorious”, and for the actual recording of the guitars, I used the same exact gear that I have been using for a while now. The guitar itself is only a few months old in this video, but everything else has been a constant for the last year, at least.
The signal chain is: ESP E-II Horizon Baritone 7 > Line 6 Helix LT (using 4 cable method) > back out of the Helix LT’s FX Loop 1 > Gojira FX Sparkle Drive > ISP Decimator II > Digitec Whammy > Back into the Helix > Back out of the Helix FX Loop into my Rev G Mesa Triple Rec and then back into the Helix so I can use the Mesa’s preamp > Back into the Helix where it is split and I have a noise gate and EQ for what you hear out of the actual cabinet. Since that side uses the power section of the Mesa, too, and the other side has a separate gate and EQ to help match the sound the amp actually makes in a room to me, that runs into an Impulse Response that gets used for our in-ears live and can go to the front of house, as well. What you are hearing in this recording is the side with an Impulse Response.
I wrote this song a few hours after purchasing this guitar. It was a little different than my other guitars and I ended up playing it for like 6 hours that night. In the course of that evening, I decided that what I was plucking around on sounded good, so I decided to record it and by the end of the night I had a full song written. I noticed right away the Fishman Moderns that were in it had such insane clarity and depth to them that I kept playing this big Major 7 chord that spanned most of the strings and I could hear all the details in there. It was kind of mesmerizing and that became the chorus. I also noticed that once I wanted to do some chugs and other techniques, the pickups allowed me a lot of freedom and that is sort of how the song came together. Pretty funny how a new sound or feel can really inspire you like that.”
Single stream of “Victorious” can be heard at https://youtu.be/oQEigo-xLHk
Draemora was formed in November 2019 in the Seattle, USA area by Terry Jenkins (vocals/guitar) after his separation from his previous band Odyssian. Seeing it as an opportunity to take a chance and try something different, he wrote a handful of songs with lyrics and demoed them out at his house. These demos attracted the attention of soon-to-be bandmate, ex-Jesus Wears Armani drummer Jared Conelie and ex-Odyssian vocalist Taylor Wood.
After fleshing out the demos with their own personal touches on the songs, Jenkins found local guitar player Max Taylor and set out to record the 5 song EP “Awakening” that was debut during June 2020.
The EP was nothing short of heavy, melodic metal infused with honest and heartfelt lyrics. This combination worked perfectly with the band’s mission to evoke an intense emotional and spiritual experience that brings out the raw emotions that are suppressed all day in normal day-to-day lives.
With a slight pause in the band’s plans due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, Draemora has just completed their follow-up full-length “Death Rectangle” to be released a full year since unleashing their introductory EP “Awakening”.
On this new album, Draemora has truly explored an evolution from their previous release. Musically, the collection of songs are mostly dark and heavy sounding. It wasn’t intentional, but when the band was writing the new record, they were all locked up and lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, along with watching their hometown riot during George Floyd protests. The songs all have deep meaning to the band, but they strayed away from using any specific references so that the listener could make it whatever their imagination wants it to be. They think that is the best way to make a release.
The band adds:
“We are really finding our sound on this album and where we all fit together and the two singles on here were so obvious to us because they sounded so good as demos. We could tell instantly that “Death Rectangle” was a single, it’s got a catchy riff, pounding drum parts and a chorus that we hope everyone will join in on when we can eventually play it live. Our planned second single “Victorious” is exactly the same way. We were going to actually separate it from the album and let it be a song on its own, but at the last minute, we decided it was the perfect way to end the album, because it has that great classic formula in there with a twist to the parts that really puts our stamp on it in a great way. Our main goal in mind for this release was that we wanted people to enjoy it live, so we made big choruses and really big recognizable parts that made us feel great when we were writing the whole record. It’s 10 songs that we all felt were nothing but bangers, we don’t put filler on anything, if there were only 8 good songs out of 50, then the album would be 8 songs and that’s that. As far as the next thing, we’re already working out new stuff as we’ve finished this so hopefully next year we’ll be back with another full length, that’s the goal at least.”
Draemora is recommended for fans of Wage War, Whitechapel, and Periphery.
1. The Cleansing (6:06)
2. Slaves Until Death (4:44)
3. Death Rectangle (4:19)
4. Requiem (3:23)
5. What You’ve Become (5:00)
6. Gouge Out My Eyes (3:57)
7. Blood Moon (3:34)
8. Screaming Into the Void (3:56)
9. Metacognitive (4:08)
10. Victorious (3:36)
The full album “Death Rectangle” comes out on June 18, 2021.
CD pre-order here: https://draemora.com/merch/music
Digital pre-save here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/draemora/death-rectangle
Tour Dates: Draemora w/ Hed PE
July 24 – Liquid Joe’s – Salt Lake City, UT
July 27 – Herman’s Hideaway – Denver, CO
July 28 – The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE
July 29 – The Back Bar – Janesville, WI
July 30 – The Forge – Joliet, IL
July 31 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
August 1 – Music Factory – Battle Creek, MI
August 3 – Red Flag (prev. Fubar) – St Louis, MO
August 4 – Club 1175 – Kansasville, WI
August 5 – Hobart Art Theatre – Hobart, IN