German post-hardcore trio Future Palace have released a video for their new single ‘Dreamstate’. The track is taken from the band’s upcoming album Distortion, due for release on 6th September via Arising Empire.

Future Palace collaborated with Pavel Trebukhin once again for the ‘Dreamstate’ music video, returning to Riga, Latvia. 

Check out the video for ‘Dreamstate’ here: https://youtu.be/_DYixxbUFB0

Stream ‘Dreamstate’ from midnight on DSPs here: https://arisingempire.com/dreamstate

Sometimes the world is so overwhelming that the thought of another reality seems like a salvation. In their new single ‘Dreamstate’ Future Palace describes the escape into a dream world with an unmatched musical vigour.

Dense synthwave arpeggios put the epic instrumentals into fluid hovering states, and the energetic drums sound like a racing heartbeat, while vocalist Maria Lessing lets all emotions run free in a monumental hook. With the crashing breakdown in the finale, in which the constructed illusion finally collapses like a nightmare, it becomes clear that this escape offers no real way out. In their new song, Future Palace emphasise, both sonically and lyrically, a desire for escapism that arises from deep pain.

That ‘Dreamstate‘ has become such a massive sonic demonstration of power is not at all evident from the song’s genesis. “At first, I actually intended to write a piano ballad,” says guitarist Manuel Kohlert“But the song quickly became much harder.”

“It’s now one of my favourite songs on our new album,” adds Lessing.

The organic development process of the song, in which quiet sounds were ultimately overtaken by massive anger, can perhaps even be read symbolically – after all, the vocalist was also thinking about her career as a musician, which sometimes seems just as overwhelming. “Very often I lack the strength to see it all through,” she continues. “I think many people can empathise with this feeling of being overwhelmed in our performance-oriented society.” 

Future Palace‘s music has always explored internal struggles, and Distortion is the brutal climax of this approach. The album title, derived from the psychological term cognitive distortion, reflects a world where changing perceptions trap individuals in recurring pitfalls. Distortion addresses various mental illnesses and personal struggles, from ADHD to depression to narcissism. The band’s third album is a powerful force of emotions, cycles, and cries of desperation, overwhelming listeners with its intensity.

The band’s creativity shines as they tackle demanding topics with fresh perspectives. On Distortion, they build on their previous work by incorporating new elements, like orchestral interjections in ‘The Echoes of Disparity’, which combines brutal screams and chant-like passages to convey psychological struggle. ‘Panic Paralysis’ features a massive vocal motif with an arabesque touch, while ‘They Take What They Want’ dives into emotional depths, blending raw metalcore with gentle vocal passages and massive choirs.

Despite the album’s emotional intensity, Distortion was created amid excessive demands. Produced by Julian Breucker and Christoph Wieczorek, known for their work with Annisokay, Beyond the Black, and Smash Into Pieces, the recording process was grueling. Singer Maria Lessing recorded the album with a root infection and after wisdom tooth surgery, adding stress but enhancing the songs’ authenticity. Guitarist Manuel Kohlert notes that the album reflects the band’s experience as a heavy touring band, capturing the feelings of being on the road and contemplating their existence.

Despite its challenges, Distortion carries a piece of hope. ‘Decarabia’ tells a bittersweet story about a depressed couple, while ‘The Echoes of Disparity’, featuring Charlie Rolfe of As Everything Unfolds, is militantly rebellious, addressing abuse of power and the oppression of women. Lessing emphasizes the importance of female support to convey the song’s message loudly.

The album features the most powerful metalcore breakdowns meeting trembling darkwave beats, anthemic emocore refrains à la Bad Omens contrasted with sacred choirs, and the coldness of industrial clashing with the powerful emotionality of Sleep Token, making Distortion an album like a manifesto.

Tour dates:
Oct 17:. DE Nuremberg, Hirsch
Oct 19: HU Budapest, Analog Music Hall
Oct 22: CZ Rague, Rock Cafe
Oct 23: PL Warsaw, Hydrozagadka
Oct 24: PL Gdansk, Drizzly Grizzly
Oct 26: FI Helsinki, On the Rocks
Oct 28: SE Stockholm, Kollektivet Livet
Oct 29: DK Copenhagen, Pumpehuset
Oct 30: NO Oslo, John Dee
Oct 31: SE Gothenburg, Musikens Hus
Nov 01: DE Hamburg, Gruenspan
Nov 02: DE Bremen, Schlachthof
Nov 28:. DE Hanover, Musikzentrum
Nov 29: DE Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Nov 30: DE Cologne, Kantine
Dec 02: FR Paris, Supersonic Records
Dec 04: UK London, The Garage
Dec 05: UK Manchester, Rebellion

Dec 06: BE Antwerp, Trix
Dec 07: NL Amsterdam, Melkweg
Dec 09: DE Stuttgart, club Cann
Dec 10: CH Bern, Stellwerk
Dec 12: CH Zurich, dynamo
Dec 13: DE Munich, Backstage Werk
Dec 15: DE Berlin, Huxleys

Festivals 2024

Jun 21-23: DE, Full Force Festival
Jun 23: BE, Graspop Metal Meeting
Jun 26-29: ES, Resurrection Fest
Jul 31-Aug 03: DE, Wacken Open Air
Aug 14-17: DE, Summer Breeze Open Air
Aug 15-17: DE, Reload Festival
Aug 15-18: FR, Motocultor Festival

Future Palace are:
Maria | Vocals
Manuel | Guitar
Johannes | Drums

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