Metal duo Qarinah introduces their new single, “Hell or High Water,” an ode to fighting against all odds, the incoming tides of hardship, the little fires, and personal obstacles that one forges in one’s mind.
Made up of Portland-based singer-songwriter and drummer Miss Randall and Germany-based guitarist and composer Waldemar Sorychta, formerly of Grip Inc., Voodoocult, and Enemy of the Sun, the pair envision the collaboration as an intersection between unheard classic metal styles and unheard fresh possibilities.
Waldemar particularly has endured some intense hardships and losses in the last few years, and Miss Randall has been through some of her own, so in this song, they both are saying that they are strong, that they’re still here, and always have been striving for something better.
Produced by Waldemar Sorychta and co-produced by Miss Randall, the track’s vocals, guitars, and bass were tracked in Dortmund, Germany by Waldemar and Dennis Koehne. The drums were recorded by recording engineer Jan Rechberger at Moon Unit and mixed by Dennis Koehne.
A well-known and respected music producer in the European metal scene, Waldemar has worked with bands, such as Lacuna Coil, Tiamat, Samael, Moonspell, and The Gathering.
On her part, Miss Randall is an eclectic singing drummer renowned in the LA and CDMX metal scene. She released five albums with former trio Rusty Eye, most recently revamping her eclectic solo career with her first solo EP, Desertations, Vol. 1, focused on blues alt-rock.
“Hell or High Water” opens on emerging dark, growling guitars flowing into a heavy muscular rhythm revolving around Miss Randall’s powerful, finessed drumming. Chunky guitars infuse the harmonics with surging waves of brawny sound. Miss Randall’s electrifying, Medusa-like vocals imbue the lyrics with delicious tones of melodic tenacity, dripping with portentous surfaces.
Drenched in thick aluminum guitars, “Hell or High Water” is at once brutal, elegant, and edgy, highlighted by the haunting, evocative voice of Miss Randall.