Polaris – The Remedy (Track Of The Day, 30th August)

It’s all happening for Sydney metalcore band Polaris.

This week they’ve announced their debut album Mortal Coil, planned for release 3rd November via Resist Records (pre-order here).

The five piece have also dropped a new single and video “The Remedy” in the lead-up to their Australian tour by the same name (tickets available here). AND they’ll be at BIGSOUND Festival in Brisbane next week. Details on that are at the end of this article.

The new track is what I want to focus on though, along with its high energy and intense music video. “The Remedy” takes place visually in what could be a live-action Rorschach test, poking at the theme of therapy and trying to find a way forward (or out). The video brilliantly captures the static of overwhelm and drowning in a chaotic avalanche of input.

“And through these holes you’d see the blackest soul inside of me
One foot stuck in the past, one planted in my grave”

Lyrically, “The Remedy” seems to express frustration about how helpless the person seems to be; recognising themselves as unable to be helped, not responding to the remedies that have come their way, feeling stuck in the past, as well as having their future looming like a dark cloud. With this information, the video takes on a further feeling of containment and being stuck where they are.

Sonically, “The Remedy” is satisfyingly heavy, echoing the frustration and intensity of their stuck state of being. Punishing riffs and high speed drums reflecting instability of being lost within oneself. There’s a breath-holding moment around 3:11 where things seem momentarily calm and the noise held at bay, before dropping into a chaotically awesome final chorus and powerful ending.

Check out “The Remedy”, and keep up with everything Polaris via Facebook.

 

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it.

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