Maatkare to release second single “May The Gods Bear Witness”

Following the successful launch of their debut single “War Before Peace”, the all-female Egyptian-inspired death metal band Maatkare is set to release their second single, “May The Gods Bear Witness”, on 28th June 2024. This highly anticipated track will be available across all streaming platforms and will be accompanied by a lyric video.

Maatkare, consisting of frontwoman Janneke de Rooy (Beyond The Pale), bassist Amie Chatterley (Dakesis, WomenOwar), and guitarist Georgia Bell (session guitarist for Harper/Thatyellaharper), continues to captivate audiences with their unique blend of historical themes and intense metal soundscapes. Formed in early 2020, the band only recently made their public debut but has quickly gained a dedicated following.

“May The Gods Bear Witness” delves into the theme of false prophets spreading misinformation in ancient Egypt, using this historical narrative as a metaphor for the current state of the world and media. The track reflects on the manipulation of truth and the impact it has on society, drawing parallels between ancient and modern times.

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Amie Chatterley, who produced the track, shares their insight on the new single:

We’ve been humbled by the response we had to our first single ‘War Before Peace,’ and I’ve been very excited about sharing this next track with the world. As a woman in metal, I recognise how many women and others of marginalised groups have been victims of the misrepresentation and misinformation in the media. This song talks about the historical spreading of misinformation by prophets in ancient Egypt, but it is very close to the current troubles within society that we now face too. In terms of producing the track, this is a new venture for me, and I’ve really enjoyed stepping up to the challenge of producing a project like this. We are a completely independent band, so we are handling everything in-house, and I hope that more women and others see what we’re doing and feel empowered to start their creative journey too.

Georgia Bell adds:

I thoroughly enjoyed co-writing this song with Amie & Janneke. One of the things we’ve worked on for these songs, is building tension through lot’s of different techniques, like using harmonies, orchestration and galloping riffs. We really wanted to take listeners on a journey to explore the different lyrics themes we have and for this one in particular, creating a sense of unease.

The release of “May The Gods Bear Witness” promises to solidify Maatkare’s presence in the metal scene, offering a fresh perspective on historical metal themes and contemporary issues. The band invites fans and metal enthusiasts to join them in this celebration of ancient history and heavy music on 28th June 2024.

The single is available to Pre-Save on Spotify

“May The Gods Bear Witness” was mixed by Matt Jones at CapsaArx Studios in Birmingham and mastered by Simone Pietroforte of Divergent Studios.

Fans can get early access to the track ahead of the release, by signing up to Maatkare’s mailing list.

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