Orange County, California, metal band Bleed the Sky has welcomed new vocalist Monte Barnard and released the new single “The Parasite” featuring Mark Hunter of Chimaira.
The band teamed up with director Eric DiCarlo at Square Up Studios to direct the video for the song. He is known for his work with Chelsea Grin, Attila and Lorna Shore. Additional cinematography was by Karl Whinnery of Hot Karl Productions and Ben Schigel of Spider Studios.
“I’m beyond excited to join forces with the legendary institution that is Bleed the Sky,” Barnard said. Their music impacted me as part of a movement that was integral to my musical coming of age and frankly, I’m still pinching myself. The opportunity to create and add to their legacy is one I don’t take lightly.”
“I am thrilled to lend my voice to the powerful sound of Bleed the Sky’s ‘The Parasite,'” Hunter said. “It’s an honor to collaborate with such talented musicians and be a part of creating something truly unforgettable.”
Bleed the Sky said: “‘The Parasite’ is about humanity’s growing addiction to distraction from the ever encroaching horrors that occupy just outside the periphery of our day to day existence. We constantly seek to ween and cope ourselves from the harsh truths we should be addressing head on. By remaining ignorant and distracted, we only tighten the seal on our inevitable doom.”
Formed in 2003, Bleed the Sky released two albums on Nuclear Blast Records, “Paradigm in Entropy” (2005) and “Murder the Dance” (2008), and eventually followed those up with “This Way Lies Madness” (2020) and the single “The Devil Will See You Now” on Art Is War Records.
Getting his start in Northern California’s metal scene, Monte Barnard joined Alterbeast in 2014 and continued his work touring and filling in on vocals with such bands as Thy Art Is Murder, The Kennedy Veil and Fallujah. He also fronts Emberthrone on Seek & Strike Records, as well as Lesser Animal.
Barnard replaces Rudy Flores, who was fired in July 2022 after being announced as Bleed the Sky’s new vocalist in April of that year. According to a statement Flores and the rest of the band did not “see eye to eye on a lot of important issues.”
Flores had replaced longtime frontman Noah Robinson.
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