After more than grabbing my attention when they collaborated with Electric Callboy on their infectiously catchy earworm ‘FCKBOI‘, I have been keeping an ear out for what US/Canadian and British band Conquer Divide did next – and that day has finally arrived.
The band, consisting of Kiarely “Kia” Castillo (vocals), Janel Duarte (unclean vocals/bass), Kristen Sturgis (rhythm guitar), Izzy Johnson (lead guitar) and Sam Landa (drums) return with ‘Paralyzed‘, a melodic-metal jam that really showcases the musicianship between the band. I can foresee this becoming their stage entrance song with the slow impact drums bringing us up to Kia’s alluring pop-infused vocal delivery that’s surrounded by soft guitar riffs. Think atmospheric rock that takes us on a journey before opening up with juicy screams and a tasty breakdown towards the climax!
On ‘Payalyzed‘ Kristen says:
“This song is about battling with mental illness and depression — especially during the pandemic — and feeling like you are too mentally paralyzed to move forward.”
If you’re a fan of Australia’s The Beautiful Monument, you’re gonna wanna add Conquer Divide to your playlists and keep your own eyes and ears peeled for what they get up to next. Thank you Electric Callboy, you’ve given me a new favourite band to lose my mind over and I cannot wait for the day someone brings them down under!
Words by Paul ‘Browny’ Brown @brownypaul
Stream ‘Paralyzed‘ here