Earthside launches new track "Crater" (feat. Bjorn Strid of Soilwork)

New Haven-based progressive ensemble, Earthside, has teamed up with Yahoo Music to premiere a new track, "Crater," from its upcoming debut album, A Dream in Static. Featuring guest vocals from Björn Strid (Soilwork), "Crater" can be streamed below:

Drummer Ben Shanbrom commented: "There is a side to the pursuit of dreams we don't as a society like to think about--sacrifice. The people we let down, the friends we hurt, the many doors that close on us in the name of our own pursuits--naturally we can't have it all, and this pain has to be accepted and understood for us to move forward. 'Crater' is the wistful realization of this life of sacrifice, and Björn nailed these feelings in such a profound way on this song. He is absolutely one of the most breathtaking rock/metal vocalists in the world scene, so we couldn't have been happier to have had him on board for this, especially on a song that features his talents in such an unusual way.

"Writing 'Crater' with our guitarist, Jamie, was an incredibly meaningful experience to me and one of the most profound educational opportunities I've had in the musical realm. For years I had been frustrated piling up song ideas, but feeling, as a taught-by-ear drummer, as if I had no means to properly present them to others. By identifying what my favorite musical concepts were and directly applying them to a piece of music I was working on, Jamie helped me to form a much a stronger theory background than I had ever obtained in an academic setting. This is how he teaches his own theory students and it is an awesome model!"

A Dream in Static will release on October 23. It can be pre-ordered now through iTunes at:, Bandcamp at: and Google Play at:

An epic undertaking of cross-continental collaborations, A Dream in Static was recorded in Stockholm, Sweden under the watch of renowned producer and mix engineer, David Castillo(OpethKatatoniaBloodbath), and additional mix and mastering engineer, Jens Bogren(OpethSoilworkThe OceanDevin Townsend). The instrumental collective recruited several acclaimed guest vocalists including Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Daniel Tompkins(TesseracTex-Skyharbor), Björn Strid (Soilwork) and Eric Zirlinger (Face the Kingex-Seer) to provide their prowess across four of the eight cinematic tracks, as well as the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) for live orchestral compositions.

The band's debut music video for "Mob Mentality" - featuring guest vocals from Sevendustfrontman Lajon Witherspoon and a full orchestral arrangement composed by Earthside guitaristJamie van Dyck and performed by the Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO) - can be streamed on YouTube at:

The first A Dream in Static single, "The Closest I've Come," can be streamed online at:

A cinematic trailer for A Dream in Static can be streamed on YouTube at:

'A Dream in Static' track listing:

I. The Closest I've Come
II. Mob Mentality
              Featured Guest Vocalist: Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust)
              Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)
III. A Dream In Static
              Featured Guest Vocalist: Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT, ex-Skyharbor)
IV. Entering The Light
             Featured Guest Performer: Max ZT -- Hammered Dulcimer
             Featured Ensemble: The Moscow Studio Symphony Orchestra (MSSO)
V. Skyline
VI. Crater
             Featured Guest Vocalist: Björn Strid (Soilwork)
VII. The Ungrounding
VIII. Contemplation Of The Beautiful
             Featured Guest Vocalist: Eric Zirlinger (Face the King, ex-Seer)

Through organic layers of living, breathing orchestra and an eclectic arsenal of world music-influenced instrumentation, Earthside fashions an ever-changing sound that is equally engrossing alongside a work of cinematic art as it is resonating throughout a densely packed concert venue.

A Dream in Static, the group's conceptual mission statement, is a story of purposeful sacrifice and existential yearning told across sweeping instrumental movements interwoven with adventurous vocal compositions featuring premier voices from across the rock and metal worlds.

"Earthside is excited and very proud to finally be releasing our debut album A Dream in Static," commented keyboardist Frank Sacramone. "This record has been incubating for several years now between initial writing and demoing all the way through nailing down a release date. Along the way we've worked with so many different artists across disciplines and across continents. Now the fruits of our global project finally get to see the light of day and hopefully move listeners in a similarly meaningful way as the music moved us and our collaborators."

Stay tuned for more information on Earthside and A Dream in Static.

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Jamie van Dyck - Guitar
Frank Sacramone - Keyboards
Ben Shanbrom - Drums
Ryan Griffin - Bass


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