I Prevail's second full length album, Tramua is set to come out March 29, 2019. The band hyped this one up extremely well over social media, encouraging fans to share as much as they could before releasing the first single, "Bow Down." They were met with a lot of sass in the comment section of their teases, but also had their exceptations met.
Since then, they've released three songs, all deeply thought out, videos included, and all vastly different from one another. Due to this the diversity, I was greatly curious as to what the second album from I Prevail was going to hold. What I was met with was nothing short of awesome. Without giving too much away, I want to say that you can tell every song had heart and soul poured into it. Its a very personal, dark in theme album, that's very real. Its recently been brought into the light that front man Brian, struggles with depression every day. I feel as if this album was written as almost a therapy session for him, as the over all theme is the demons and blanket in which depression often engulfs people in. Each song has their own vibe, however. Some are harder, some are slower, some have hip-hop or rap elements.
One note I wanted to point out, before I get into my favorites, were I think they definitely are influenced by Linkin Park. On several songs, I got Linkin Park vibes, and I just wanted to say I think Chester Bennington would be honored to hear what they've done. It still has the true I Prevail sound, but some new notes to them.
Now, onto my favorites. I think the entire album will become something I play all the time, just as I did with the first album for quite a long while. That being said, two songs stood out the most to me, and those two were, "Rise Above It", and "Hurricane."
"Rise Above It" has the inner demons telling you that you can't win against them, but then I Prevail comes in and fully denies that. Have you ever heard a lyric in a song and instantly thought, "I need that as a tattoo immediately?" That's what I did with one of the lyrics. "I will stop at nothing, I was made to rise above it." The song does have a bit of a different vibe to it, with some rap-ish notes to it. Picture Papa Roach's Traumatic album, as an example. Where its rock, but also has a slightly different beat to it. This song was entirely empowering, and I cannot say enough good about it.
"Hurricane" has the exact I Prevail vibe they've always had. Its a little slower, and calmer for the majority of the song, and truly lets the meaning speak for itself. Sometimes, as you find yourself sinking under the weight of anxieties or depression, you do begin to change, and sometimes people don't accept that. People change, whether or not mental illness is involved, and sometimes its hard to accept. This is a truly gorgeous song, to say the very least.
Anyone out there that's excited for the new I Prevail album, know your expectations will not only be met, but more than likely, exceeded as well. If there's anyone out there that's curious, but not excited, perhaps new to I Prevail even, I have a recommendation. First go listen to their Lifelines album, you're truly going to love it. Second, give this one a shot. This album has elements that will speak to most everyone, especially those who have loud internal demons.
Trauma comes out this Friday, on March 29, and you can get it in so many ways. I Prevail's official website, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, ect. Get excited, and pre-order it now.
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