Vancouver, Canada is home to one of metal’s best breakout talents, Unleash the Archers. On July 7, the band will release its third full-length studio effort, Time Stands Still. The album marks the debut of new members, a slight shift in musical direction, and what is easily the band’s most cohesive and powerful effort to date.
Unleash the Archers was founded in 2007, by drummer Scott Buchanan, guitarist Brayden Dyczkowski, and vocalist Brittney Slayes. Guitarist Grant Truesdell would join in 2011. The band’s sound is founded on traditional and power metal with elements of death metal mixed in. In 2013, Dyczkowski, the band’s primary songwriter, stepped down. Unleash the Archers reached out to a friend of the band, Andrew Kingsley, who had previously played with Truesdell. Bassist Kyle Shepherd rounded out the line-up that appears for the first time on Time Stands Still.
In an interview this week with Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio, Slayes shared that it was a bit disjointed early on when the band entered the studio for the new record. Dyczkowski had also been the band’s guiding hand during previous recording projects. Once they sorted out who would do what, they settled into create a record that is pure, bombastic metal. Kingsley took on the role of primary songwriter with Truesdell and the others adding their input as well.
Slayes puts in her most dynamic performance to date, and the singer admitted that she was never quite satisfied with her work on the band’s first two records. She offered that she could never quite recreate the energy she had when performing live. This time fans can hear the confidence and focus in her voice, and it strengthens every track on the record.
In our interview below, Slayes talks about the lyrical focus of the new record, how the band’s newest members impacted Time Stands Still, and she even shares her favorite song on the album, what she listens to that gets her pumped up, and the television series she’s secretly addicted to. Watch the video for the new song “Tonight We Ride”, listen to the interview, then get ready for Time Stands Still available on July 10 through Napalm records. Pre-order here.