The lyric video for the song "At War" from the all-female metal act CONQUER DIVIDE can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's debut album, which will be released in 2015 via Artery Recordings.
Since its formation in late 2012, CONQUER DIVIDE has managed to create a unique, modern and ever-apparent dichotomy of beautiful elegance and intense aggression that intertwines seamlessly with one another. The music certainly doesn't spare any dynamics, with the album taking the listener on a roller coaster ride of divergent stylistic qualities representing each of their musical tastes.
It's not exactly a secret that the group is comprised of all girls, but you wouldn't know simply by listening to one of their songs. However, don't let their image fool you. "We are all girls, and you cant hide that, but we want people to focus more on the quality of the music," drummer Tamara reveals.
"It wasn't an easy thing finding girls who not only were passionate about this type of music, but could play it well." So after years of looking in the States, they were forced to look all over the world, auditioning over 200 girls. They are subsequently based in two countries, the United States and England, but this hasn't slowed them down any. Vocalist Suzie admits: "We were especially lucky to find our guitarist Izzy, who shares the same vision we do. We found out quickly how much of a rarity dedicated and talented female guitar players are." The band concluded that they couldn't let distance be a factor when putting the lineup together.
"When I was contacted by the girls I instantly knew it was perfect for me, not everyone gets the chance to work with such like-minded musicians," Izzy adds.
CONQUER DIVIDE's debut album is being helmed by acclaimed producer Joey Sturgis (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, OF MICE & MEN, BLESSTHEFALL).
"Well, these girls have been spending time, you know, a year, maybe two years writing some of these songs, and when you have that much time invested into a project, it's definitely passionate," says Sturgis. "So I knew I had to be involved in some way, because I really like to work with passionate musicians who really care about what they're doing
"Joey has really helped bring our songs to life," says vocalist Kiarely. "He has pushed us to the limit and made us think outside the box. He is an amazing producer and we are lucky to have the opportunity to work with him, he definitely brought out the best in all of us."
"We wanted this album to be a game changer," Suzie explains. "We all have different musical backgrounds, and that brings our music together in an interesting way," says bassist Sarah.
"I'm heavily influenced by bands such as PARKWAY DRIVE and AUGUST BURNS RED," Izzy says, "so melodies and heaviness were essential when I was looking to join a band."
"We wanted to stay true to our roots," explains guitarist Kristen. "Everything we've written comes from a real life experience. Music, like any art medium, has always been a form of catharsis for us, it's all about trying to take something negative that happened in your life and turn it into something positive. And we've had a lot of pent up anger to get out on this record. But we did our best to move past those issues and turn them into something for the greater good, because, I think, the whole idea is, if I can't heal from my art, how can you heal from it?" "Yeah, we've poured our hearts into this record and we really hope people can connect with it on some level," Sarah adds.
Continues Kristen: "We really wanted to take our time on our first album, and because of that, we've grown tremendously as songwriters. So this album really reflects where we've been, where we are and where we are headed."