Guitar maestro Nita Strauss has unveiled her latest solo single - and it features none other than Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz on vocals. The track, titled The Wolf You Feed, is a hard-hitting heavy metal banger not too far away from the more extreme-slanted style of metal of Alissa's day job, and is taken from Nita's upcoming studio album, due out next year.
"If you look back at old interviews from the last ten years, any time I was asked about collaborating with a vocalist in the future, Alissa White-Gluz was always the first name out of my mouth," Strauss explains. "She is truly one of my favorite vocalists and performers in the industry and creating this track together was everything I hoped it would be.
"I'm very proud to release this track, especially now with everything else that's going on. This time in history, whether in politics, music, social media, or our personal lives, has been an eye-opening look into the two wolves of a lot of people out there, and maybe this song will be a reminder that we all have the ability to choose how we respond to things."
"The lyrics of this song were inspired by The Story Of The Two Wolves, a legend widely attributed to Native American storytellers," the guitarist adds. "An old grandfather was teaching his grandson about life: 'A fight is going on inside me,' he said to the boy. 'It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.' He continued: 'The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.' The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: 'Which wolf will win?' The grandfather simply replied: 'The one you feed.'"
"Nita and I finally got to collaborate — something we have both wanted to do for years!" says White-Gluz. "The Wolf You Feed is a kickass, catchy metal track with a really cool vibe. I kept the 'two wolves' analogy as a foundation throughout the song while playing up the dichotomy of the two sides of the tug of war we all have inside us. I recorded my parts in my home studio and it was an absolute pleasure to build this song with Nita. I am honoured to be a part of it! Can't wait to do this again!"
Watch the video for the new single below. Strauss has spent most of the second part of this year on tour with Demi Lovato - though she did make a surprise appearance with Alice Cooper earlier this month.