From The Desk Of Failure: Thanatos

Failure’s new album, The Heart Is A Monster, is an unexpected surprise. After a two-decade absence and a parade of band/side projects, guitarist/vocalist Ken Andrews, bassist/vocalist Greg Edwards and drummer Kellii Scott reconvened to follow up 1996’s critically acclaimed and commercially ignored Fantastic Planet. Monster sounds contemporarily fresh, and yet still feels like a logical next step 19 years after its predecessor. Failure will be guest editing all week. Read our new feature on them.

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Edwards: When someone says they’re not afraid to die, does that mean they’re not afraid to suffer life-ending injuries while conscious and eventually succumb to mortality in untold volumes of pain and fear? Or do they simply mean they are not afraid to turn off and cease to exist. To become what they were, in an abstract sense—at least, before they were born? That, it seems to me, is not something to brag about. Actually, neither is the former.