Finnish prog metal band Wheel have streamed their brand new single, the brooding Fugue, which you can listen to in full below. Fugue is taken from the band's upcoming new album Resident Human, which will be released through Odyssey Music on March 26. You can watch the new video below.
"The title was inspired by a form of long-distance space travel in the Dan Simmon's series Hyperion Cantos,” explains vocalist and guitarist James Lascelles. “In the books, cryogenic fugue allows individuals to enter a form of stasis that enables them to cross vast cosmic distances; the convenience of this suspended state presents major risks however, such as brain damage.
“Over the last year, many of us have been confined to our homes as the pandemic has continued to spread through our societies; alcohol consumption has increased and current data indicates that the mental well-being of many has suffered. Broad trends like these made me think of how despite the risks, many would choose to take a gamble with something as risky as cryogenic fugue, rather than continue to endure the radical changes COVID-19 restrictions have imposed upon all of us. In lieu of the possibility of suspended animation, many of us are choosing to sedate ourselves at home with substances and distract ourselves with the media at our disposal; to weather the storm as best we can and to wait for whatever is to come next.
The theme of societal division runs throughout the whole of the band's second album.
“The events of the past year are likely to be generation-defining and honestly, I don't think it will only be in a bad way - there is some promising global action to address the detection of future pandemics, hygiene has improved and working from home seems likely to be a possibility for employees in a range of sectors that were previously unwilling to adopt it," Lascelles ccontinues. "Unfortunately, despite this positivity, it is exhausting to read about COVID every day and the constant media bombardment of speculation, fear and hopelessness is taking a toll - I openly admit that it has affected me too.
“Our social separation and the fear of either spreading or contracting COVID, has left many of us feeling isolated and disconnected from each other, but this is an illusion - we all want the same thing; to get back to a point where our lives are not dictated by this virus and however bleak things may look, this, (like everything else), will eventually pass. It is easy to forget we are interconnected and that we stand together; if we can endure this clamour, there is going to be one hell of a party on the other side. For now however, wine and Netflix will have to do.”
Wheel have previously released a video for the song Movement.