Switzerland’s finest purveyors of brutality, PALEFACE, have dropped the music video for their brand new track “The Orphan” today. The 6:30 opus is by far the band’s most impressive and expansive single to date, combining new elements of shred Watch the video HERE or by clicking the link below. Find the track on streaming platforms HERE.
The latest slice of gloriously heavy Swiss beatdown is taken from the band’s upcoming album, Fear & Dagger which will be released later this month on Friday, March 25th, 2022. Fans can pre-order physical copies of the album, available in 3 double-vinyl gatefold variants or CD digipak or pre-save the album digitally HERE.
Speaking on the new track and video, frontman Zelli shares
“”The Orphan” is a song about the suffocating struggle people who suffer with depression go through. The feeling that life has no sense and simply isn’t worth living any longer. The idea that you get to such a hopeless and helpless point that you just give up and leave your life in the hands of death, like “Fuck it, I can’t do it anymore, so Death, do what you want with me”. You become The Orphan of The Deadman.
I wanted the video for “The Orphan” to really reflect the struggles of depression in a straight-in-your-face way. I didn’t want to pull any punches because that’s not the reality of struggling with mental health conditions like depression. The performances where I’m bound by chains and in the bathtub are visual representations of how depression can trap you and render you completely immobile and incapable of breaking free. It’s a metaphor for how hard it is to get out of depressive states. To other people it looks easy to just stand up and get out of the bathtub, but to the person suffering, it’s impossible and the will to fight is just not there, so the urge to surrender and let yourself drown becomes almost impossible to fight.
We, as a band, take mental health very seriously and want people who struggle to know that they are not alone. If you or someone you know is suffering please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (USA) on 1-800-273-8255 or find your local free helpline here: https://findahelpline.com“
Since their last album, ‘Chapter 3: The Last Selection‘, independent outfit, Paleface have gained international recognition throughout the Deathcore and Beatdown Community. Known for their huge, aggressive riffs, brutally bombastic rhythm section, frontman, Zelli’s outstanding vocals and a pinch of humor. This is Switzerland’s finest heavy music.
Their new album, “Fear & Dagger“, focuses on more mature and critical topics related to the fears and struggles young people have to content with in the 21st century, most importantly, the topic of mental health. The album is a 65 minute monster, containing 16 tracks with guest appearances from members of Justice For The Damned (AUS), Traitors (US) and Landmvrks (FR) and a PALEFACE fan, diagnosed with schizophrenia, who lent his voice and perspective to the album.
Speaking on the album, frontman Zelli shares
“This is what Paleface is all about. The entire 65mins. speaks for us: for our emotions, our style, our dedication and our PLFC-Family.
We wrote and recorded the entire record within six months not only for our fans and for us, but also for all the people out there who are struggling with dark times in their life and themselves. We want to give them a piece of solace. Music to connect with, something to gain strength, something to be happy about, something that helps you deal with the pain or just something to let all the anger out.
I am unbelievably proud of “Fear & Dagger”. It is, by far, our angriest and most emotional record yet and I can’t wait to share it with the world.”
“The Orphan” follows previous singles “Deathtouch” and “Dead Man’s Diary” feat. LANDMVRKS frontman Florent Salfati. Between them, the two previously released singles have clocked up 1.6 million cross-platform streams and 261,000 YouTube views.
PALEFACE was formed in Zurich, Switzerland in 2017 by vocalist Marc Zellweger (Zelli) and drummer Colin Hammond (CJ) having met through a mutual friend in 2016. After bonding over a shared love of beatdowns and hardcore, Zelli and CJ shook hands at a concert in 2017 and promised they would create the craziest beatdown band ever together.
They recruited guitarist Yannick Lehmann to the band and released their debut ‘Chapter 1: From The Gallows’ in 2018. Later that year, they brought bassist Tommy-Lee Abt to PALEFACE family. They played their first show in October 2018 and quickly grew in popularity with the song “Deprivation Method”.
In early 2019, Paleface started writing ‘Chapter 2: Witch King’ which was released in May 2019. The band started to gain international attention with the release of tracks “Human Hunter” and “Skin People”. They released the single “No Mercy At All” at the end of 2019 and started working on the final installment of the dark story they’d created with Chapters 1 & 2.
‘Chapter 3: The Last Selection’ was released on October 30th 2020 to much acclaim. PALEFACE released two music videos for huge tracks “Curse Us”, “The Rats” and “Skalpell” which quickly ranked high in the deadown/hardcore charts and saw the band become cover stars on Spotify’s Heavy Beatdown playlist. The released the music video for “Lights Out” earlier this year. Their releases to date have seen them clock up nearly 10.2 million streams across all platforms and 165k monthly listeners on Spotify alone.
The neutrality Switzerland is known for globally does not apply to Paleface.
They came to destroy.
Vox: Marc “Zelli” Zellweger
Guitar: Yannick Lehmann
Bass: Tommy-Lee Abt
Drums: Colin “CJ” Hammond