Enter Cantervice’s Dystopian World In Their Newest Single, “Blackout”
The dystopian genre, and the rebellion against its controlling governments, is a popular topic covered in books, movies, and TV shows, with series such as The Hunger Games, Blade Runner, and The Matrix, along with many more. It’s even explored in the music world, as is evident with Cantervice’s entire catalog, including their newest single, “Blackout.”
“Blackout” is an industrial metalcore track mixed, mastered, and co-produced by RIAA Gold and Billboard charting engineer/producer Cameron Mizell (Sleeping With Sirens, Avril Lavigne, and Machine Gun Kelly). The main focus of the track is on issues related to government oppression and its manipulation of the masses, where the band acts as a rebellion against this dystopian system.
Listen To “Blackout” below:
These themes of government oppression and manipulation are present throughout the lyrics, as the song essentially encourages the listener to join the rebellion and fight this regime. At the beginning of “Blackout,” the band sets the scene, “In flame/ Burning down/ From the debt to repay.” Then during the chorus, Cantervice asks, “Won’t you come out and play?/ It’s time to release your rage,” after many descriptions of the government’s oppressive ways.
Midway through the song, there is a broadcast interruption, almost as if the Cantervice rebellion has taken over the radio to relay their message. This message is about how the people are “slaves to the system” and ends with the statement, “This is the uprising.”
The beginning of the track brings an intriguing mix of metal and electronic soundscapes that fans of albums such as Carpenter Brut’s Leather Terror album. Various vocal effects are added for a more robotic and mysterious vibe to the song, alongside classic vocal techniques such as the ever-popular growls and screams. Playing around with these different techniques and effects brings a dynamic feel to the music, making any metal fan headbang along to the beat.
“Blackout” is Cantervice’s fourth single released this year, preceded by “The Machine,” “Void,” and “Doomsday.” Cantervice is an American concept-based rock project centered around a future dystopian world plagued by a government assuming control over all technology and information.