Dark Divine shares ‘Paper Crown’ featuring Bryan Kuztnitz of Fame on Fire, debut LP ‘Deadly Fun’ due Sept. 8

Dark Divine has shared its new single and video “Paper Crown,” featuring Bryan Kuznitz of Fame on Fire. The song is from the band’s upcoming debut full-length, “Deadly Fun,” due Sept. 8, 2023, via Thriller Records

“I can’t tell you how long we have been holding onto this song, waiting for the right time to release it,” vocalist Anthony Martinez aid. “This was one of the most fun collaborative efforts we have ever done, and I hope that everyone enjoys the video as much as we enjoyed making it. We know people have been anticipating this song’s release for a while, so we wanted to make sure the people got what they were expecting plus some things that they weren’t.

“Bryan Kuznitz is a very dear friend of Dark Divine, and we were so glad he was willing to hop on the song as well as the video.” 

“‘Paper Crown’ is a song about confronting people with narcissistic tendencies,” Martinez said. “It is often that we find ourselves putting our own mental health at risk in an effort to please those who only want to hurt us. The toxicity that bleeds from narcissistic personalities can greatly reduce our standards for behavior that we are willing to tolerate.”

Kuznitz said: “’Paper Crown’ was a blast to work on with Dark Divine. They came in with the hook and we worked the whole song around that. It’s got a killer vibe and the lyrics hit hard. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned ou,t and I wish these guys nothing but the best as they continue to grow in the industry.”

The album “Deadly Fun,” produced by Zach Jones (Chelsea Grin, We Came as Romans, Fit for a King), is the follow-up to Dark Divine’s debut EP, “Halloweentown,” released in 2022 via InVogue Records.

“Each song has its own message but the whole album is based on different individuals’ fear of literal, spiritual or emotional death,” Martinez said. “It explores what it’s like going through daily life and never knowing what’s around the corner, down a hallway, or in the basement. Like walking through a mystery funhouse or a creepy carnival. It’s fun but also terrifying at times. Without that fear, everything would be taken for granted.”

“Deadly Fun” track list:

  1. Deadly Fun
  2. Drown
  3. Cold
  4. Terrifier
  5. Dancing Dead
  6. Paper Crown (feat. Bryan Kuznitz of Fame on Fire)
  7. Hive Mind
  8. Grave Digger
  9. Moving On
  10. The Reaper

Fans can catch the band supporting Black Veil Brides and VV (Ville Valo, formerly of HIM) on a North American tour this fall. Tickets are now available.

“Dark Divine is new to the scene but garnering a lot of attention quickly and rightfully so,” Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack said. “They are hands down one of the best young bands out there, and we are certain the BVB Army and VV fans will love them.”

Tour dates:

Sept 10 – Louisville, KY – Paristown Hall
Sept 11 – Birmingham, AL – Avondale Brewing Company
Sept 12 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Sept 14 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
Sept 15 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!
Sept 16 – Niagara Falls, NY – The Rapids Theater
Sept 17 – Toronto, ON – HISTORY
Sept 19 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
Sept 20 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Sept 22 – Wallingford, CT – Dome at Toyota Oakdale Theater
Sept 23 – Bethlehem, PA – Wind Creek Event Center
Sept 24 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Sept 25 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Sept 27 – Grand Rapids, MI – GLC Live at 20 Monroe
Sept 28 – Gary, IN – Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana
Sept 29 – Columbus, OH – KEMBA Live!
Sept 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
Oct 01 – Chesterfield, MO – The Factory
Oct 03 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
Oct 05 – Tulsa, OK – Tulsa Theater
Oct 06 – Omaha, NE – Steelhouse Omaha
Oct 07 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
Oct 09 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Oct 11 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre
Oct 12 – Calgary, AB – Grey Eagle Event Centre
Oct 14 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
Oct 15 – Spokane, WA – The Podium
Oct 16 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Oct 18 – Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House
Oct 19 – Wheatland, CA – Hard Rock Live
Oct 20 – Riverside, CA – Riverside Municipal Auditorium

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