RUDE Records Artist Polyphia

Polyphia is not only the biggest, but also the best metal band in the world. No other act has managed to marry a masterful command of melody with hip hop rhythms and dark and sinister tones in such an enticing way – and they’ve done so without the crutch of sing-along vocals. In challenging the generally accepted constant that dark and technical music has to be atonal and undanceable, the four members of Polyphia have done their part to advance the world of instrumental rock in a manner that has seldom been matched in the history of the genre.

On the band’s greatly anticipated new full-length, New Levels New Devils, Polyphia have taken yet another defiant leap forward. The band has made a conscious effort to replace distorted guitars and epic breakdowns with a soundscape of bass-heavy trap music, which guitarists Tim Henson and Scott LePage explore with their virtuosic guitarwork. While a lot of the beats originated in the studio and utilize techniques usually associated with hip hop production, Polyphia’s formidable rhythm section of Clay Gober and Clay Aeschliman did a remarkable job of recreating them on bass and drums respectively. This gave the album a more organic quality that allowed them to achieve a high degree of cohesiveness, despite having worked with a handful of top-tier producers in studios ranging from Los Angeles to their hometown of Dallas, Texas.

On New Levels New Devils, the band meticulously chose their collaborators to ensure that each guest appearance would work towards helping make it the best effort of Polyphia’s career. This elite cast of collaborators includes producers such as Y2K (Killy, Yung Bans) and Judge (Migos & Marshmello, blackbear, Young Thug). It also includes a collection of guitarists such as Jason Richardson, Ichika, Mateus Asato, Yvette Young (of Covet) and Erick Hansel and Mario Camarena (both of CHON) that share space at the pinnacle of the guitar world with Henson and LePage. Finally, the lone vocal feature comes courtesy of hip hop phenom – and long time Polyphia fan – Cuco, who has captivated tastemakers over the past year with his lyrical prowess and unique style.

As has come to be expected of Polyphia, New Levels New Devils is as diverse as it is ambitious. On the sizzurp-infused funk metal of “Yas”, the band delivers exactly the sort of otherworldly guitar licks you would imagine from a Polyphia and CHON collaboration. On the Y2K and Judge produced “O.D.”, the band takes us on a rafting trip through the cerebrospinal fluid that flows maniacally through the brain of an evil genius. On “So Strange”, the band teams with Cuco to create a track that references an uncanny amount of the best elements of popular music released over the last 40 years. The track that is perhaps best suited to explain the record, though, is lead single “G.O.A.T” – an innovative anthem that floats from movement to movement in a way that only a band as adept at composition as Polyphia could pull off. “G.O.A.T” has been a highlight of the band’s set on their recent tour with CHON, transforming the pit into an epic wall of death that quickly dissolves into a dance party.

The level of innovation exhibited on New Levels New Devils is nothing new for Polyphia. Their previous EP – 2017’s The Most Hated – explored the potential intersections between electronic dance music and pioneering guitar rock in a way that had never been attempted before. Upon its release on Equal Vision Records, it went on to reach #6 on the Billboard “Independent Label Release” charts and cracked the top ten for the “Current Rock” charts. It would even showcase the band’s crossover appeal by hitting #41 on the “Top 200” and #36 on the “Top Current Albums” charts across all genres. Still, one listen through New Levels New Devils will leave the listener certain the band will crush those numbers this time around.

New Levels New Devils is out October 12th on Equal Vision Records. Once the world gets a hold of it, there is little doubt the concept of ‘popular music’ will dramatically change for the better.

Tim Henson

Guitar

Scott LePage

Guitar

Clay Gober

Bass

Clay Aeschliman

Drums

Tour Dates

Fri 24 Mar
8:00 pm
Marathon Music Works
Nashville, TN, US
Sun 26 Mar
8:00 pm
Vinyl Music Hall
Pensacola, FL, US
Tue 28 Mar
8:00 pm
Jannus Live
St Petersburg, FL, US
Wed 29 Mar
8:00 pm
Plaza Live - Orlando
Orlando, FL, US
Thu 30 Mar
8:00 pm
The Senate
Columbia, SC, US
Fri 31 Mar
8:00 pm
The Norva
Norfolk, VA, US
Sat 01 Apr
8:00 pm
Starland Ballroom
Sayreville, NJ, US
Mon 03 Apr
7:00 pm
Roxian Theatre
Pittsburgh, PA, US
Tue 04 Apr
7:00 pm
House of Blues Cleveland
Cleveland, OH, US
Thu 06 Apr
8:00 pm
Old National Centre
Indianapolis, IN, US
Fri 07 Apr
7:00 pm
Newport Music Hall
Columbus, OH, US
Sat 08 Apr
8:00 pm
Mercury Ballroom
Louisville, KY, US
Tue 11 Apr
8:00 pm
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, TN, US
Thu 13 Apr
8:00 pm
Come and Take It Live
Austin, TX, US
Fri 14 Apr
8:00 pm
The Factory in Deep Ellum
Dallas, TX, US
Fri 14 Apr
7:00 pm
The Factory in Deep Ellum
Dallas, TX, US
Tue 09 May
7:00 pm
SWX
Bristol, UK
Wed 10 May
7:00 pm
The Garage
Glasgow, UK
Thu 11 May
7:00 pm
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
London, UK
Fri 12 May
7:00 pm
O2 Institute Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
Sat 13 May
6:00 pm
O2 Ritz Manchester
Manchester, UK
Mon 15 May
7:30 pm
TRIX
Borgerhout, Belgium
Wed 17 May
Fabrik
Hamburg, Germany
Thu 18 May
Kesselhaus in der Kulturbrauerei
Berlin, Germany
Sat 20 May
Felsenkeller
Leipzig, Germany
Sun 21 May
Essigfabrik
Cologne, Germany
Mon 22 May
Backstage, Werk
Munich, Germany
Tue 23 May
Komplex 457
Zürich, Switzerland
Fri 26 May
7:00 pm
Le Bataclan
Paris, France
Sat 27 May
7:00 pm
Le Bataclan
Paris, France
Wed 31 May
7:00 pm
O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
London, UK