In preparation for their upcoming slot on the Hurley Stage of the Vans Warped Tour this summer, Florida metallers BLACK TIDE have premiered the video for "Warriors of Time" exclusively on MTV2. The clip, which will make its "Headbangers Ball" debut the night of June 20 at 2:00 a.m., can be viewed below. (Note: Video stream may not be avilable to some non-U.S. residents.) Also available is a new video message from bassist Zakk Sandler.
"Warriors of Time" is an animated video that follows BLACK TIDE's mascot, The Bastard, as he travels through the past, present, and future!
BLACK TIDE was scheduled to enter a studio in the middle of a Kansas cornfield to record some of its newly written material before hitting the Warped Tour . "We didn't want to be distracted by our personal lives," bassist Zakk Sandler recently told the New Times Broward-Palm Beach. "So we had to find a place where nobody was going to be able to fucking bother us. I wanted to do three weeks in Siberia, and there is a studio out there I found, and I was like, See? But nobody wanted to send us to Russia."
Accoding to Sandler, the new material will mark a change in direction and melodic style, due, in part, to 16-year-old frontman Gabriel Garcia's voice changing. (Older songs have also been reworked.) And a new crop of influences might initially take longtime fans aback. "Gabriel's been listening to INCUBUS and shit, like Warped Tour-type bands like SAOSIN. We've all just been going back and listening to things we haven't listened to, or kind of that we needed to listen to," Sandler said.
BLACK TIDE has yet to decide on a producer for the band's sophomore attempt. "We've definitely gotten a few offers from some pretty big-name producers, but we're just feeling it out," Sandler said. "It's awesome to have input, but for the primary writing we'd like to do it all by ourselves, and not have anybody else's opinion for a change. Because I hate other people's opinions when it comes to music."