Alt-rock/alt-metal/nu-metal outfit Awake At Last recently released their first single/music video, “Bloodline,” with Wake Up! Music Rocks.
Vocalist Vincent Torres shares, “‘Bloodline’ is written from a perspective of frustration, and a reluctance to accept the current state we all live in. The song questions the media, and how during such a dark time people seemed to be more divided than ever, rather than come together. It asks the question of whether or not we can learn from history, or if we are doomed to repeat it. I wanted it to connect to the listeners who couldn’t help but worry about what is going to happen next and whether or not we can rely on the current state of media and information to be prepared for it.”
Made up of Vincent Torres (vocals), Eric Blackway (guitar), Imran Xhelili (guitar), Drew Hansen (bass), and Jeff Dorber (drums), in 2019 Awake At Last released their debut album, The Change, featuring “Welcome to Life” and “Dead Generation.” The album attained huge success, hitting the number two spot on Heatseeker, number three on Hard Music Album’s chart, number eight on the Independent Album’s chart, and realized the twenty-seventh position on Billboard.
Awake At Last followed by sharing the stage with From Ashes To New and Palisades, along with performing at InkCarceration Fest, ROCK USA, and the Octane Accelerator Tour with Ice Nine Kills, Fit For A King, and Light The Torch.
In 2020, Awake At Last teamed up with Rick DeJesus, vocalist of Adelita’s Way, on “THIS MEANS WAR,” as well as collaborating with Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, and Advent.
Awake At Last lays emphasis on their connection with fans, considering the bond of primary significance.
Vincent Torres explains, “I feel like there are so many people who do find strength in the words and messages. I’ve had people come up to me and burst into tears because they feel so connected to the message. We always seek to elevate and inspire people to battle the harsh realities of mental health and overcome the obstacles that keep us away from happiness. I love knowing that my words have helped people through their hard times or got them through a tough workout. It feels like it’s taking on a life of its own.”
“Bloodline” opens on emerging guitars and then ramps up to heavy layers of growling guitars, prior to once again subsiding. Vincent’s passionate, evocative vocals infuse the lyrics with simmering timbres on the verses while moussing up to scorching intensity on the chorus.
“We make the same mistakes till we bend and break / Is it all in our bloodline or is it failure by design? / Are we left behind only the strong survive / Is it all in our bloodline or is it failure by design?”
Dripping with muscular guitar piquancy and a potent rhythm, the icing on the cake that is “Bloodline” is the outstanding voice of Vincent Torres.