WATCH 'BALL AND CHAIN' NOW
New England extreme metal powerhouse, Escuela Grind, will release the new EP, 'DDEEAATHHMMEETTAALL', on January 12, 2024.
Recorded with Will Killingsworth, mixed by the GRAMMY-winning Kurt Ballou (High on Fire), and mastered by Nick Townsend (Cheap Trick, Dr. Dre), the EP houses four new songs including the lead cut, "Ball and Chain", and "Meat Magnet", featuring a guest appearance by Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway.
Today, Escuela Grind drops a video for its new song, "Ball and Chain", directed by Michael Jari Davidson (Alice in Chains) and recorded at a recent festival performance in Mexico City.
'DDEEAATHHMMEETTAALL' is the third installment of our EP series where we dive into the genres that most influence this band," offers Escuela Grind vocalist Katerina Economou:
"Finishing this trilogy has been years in the works. We are so excited to release these songs as they are perhaps the best reflection of our live performance. The stage has honed these hectic songs to perfection. Originally we were going to have three songs on this EP, but we wanted to create another track that had a huge buildup. This eventually developed into this brutal song, "Ball and Chain", that marks the point in our live shows where we have a wall of death every night. Lyrically, it references death metal tropes of murder and revenge, but with a decidedly feminine angle."
ESCUELA GRIND MUSIC VIDEOS
"We again teamed up with director Michael Jari Davidson to create the video for "Forced Collective Introspection", says Escuela Grind vocalist Katerina Economou.
"The video references 1971's anti-authoritarian movie "THX 1138", where the band is held in a white void by masked guards, and reduced to objectified numbers. Harassed in prison cells, the band makes their escape in a Shawshank fashion. The theme of the video runs throughout all of our music: we must resist and attempt to escape their control to regain our humanity."
The video for 'Forced Collective Introspection' was released on September 8th, 2022.
Escuela Grind released the music video for "All is Forgiven" back in August of 2022, which the group calls "a skull cracker".
Directed by Michael Jari Davidson (Alice in Chains), the high-intensity clip blends reality with virtual reality.
"'Cliffhanger' is us branching out and including all of our influences into a heavy, danceable song. It’s a perfect representation of all the new things to expect from Escuela Grind," says vocalist Katerina Economou. "The lyrics are about the people that try to play both sides of the fence, play devil's advocate and drag you down with them. It’s about fighting crab mentality."
The video for "Cliffhanger" came out on July 7, 2022.