Creating ‘Amongst The Low & Empty’ Brought A New Sense Of Life To Signs Of The Swarm

[Cover photo credit to Andre Giovanni]

After dropping standalone single “Amongst the Low & Empty” last month, Pittsburgh Deathcore band Signs Of The Swarm have revealed the details of their upcoming fifth full-length of the same name. Amongst the Low & Empty will be unleashed via Century Media Records on July 28th, 2023. To coincide with this announcement, the band has released a new single from the record, “Tower Of Torsos” along with a video directed by Joey Durango.

Regarding Amongst the Low & Empty, drummer Bobby Crow explains:

Amongst the Low & Empty’ is more than just a title; it’s also a feeling or state of mind. The phrase first came up in the lyrics of our last album, Absolvere’, and became a driving force for our band ever since. When it came time for us to enter the studio with Josh Schroeder last November, ‘Low and Empty’ resonated in a very special way with the band. We had just completed well-over a year of non-stop worldwide touring and had to finalize an album we barely had time to wrap our heads around. We were literally low (energy) and feeling empty (of ideas). I still marvel at what we pulled off primarily in under a month (with a few extra days later to add the album’s penultimate closing duo).

If it weren’t for the ideas flying around Josh’s special studio, that time could have kept me feeling low and empty. I was very alone, locked away writing the music – we’d only come in with somewhere between 4-5 songs – with the only break from my strained and drained thoughts and ideas being visits from Schroeder to check in and add his genius.

David and Michael wrote lyrics in another room, with the prose spewed forth balancing the beauty/beast meter, with Dave’s recognizably rabid voice bringing it back to Signs when I’d push our sound boundaries (soundaries?). I’d always ask myself, ‘How can we make this moment feel beautiful and terrifying at the same time?’ Fortunately, the lyrics’ grace contrasted gnarly subject matter to achieve and elevate that goal. It’s kind of like the art of the album – serenely calming yet brutally when you truly take it in – inverted; musically we’re brutal up-front with the beauty underlying.

This album breathes a new sense of life into Signs of the Swarm that was much needed. We’re grateful for and proud of our previous works and the platform that they have provided us over the last 10 years, but ‘Amongst the Low & Empty’ is a true and pure representation of each member’s current creative and performative abilities that elevates the passion and confidence of the band tenfold.

Cover Art by Gabor Toth

This weekend, Signs Of The Swarm wraps up their Mexican tour, before hitting Toledo Death Fest next week. Upon album release, the band will play several special shows in the USA, then head overseas for the summer. European fans can catch them at festivals, in addition to co-headlining dates with Humanity’s Last Breath and more. To finish off the season, Signs Of The Swarm will trek to the UK for a headliner with To the Grave and Harbinger.

Signs Of The Swarm live

June 3, 2023 – Toledo, OH @ Toledo Death Fest

Signs Of The Swarm ‘Amongst the Low & Empty’ Album Release Shows

July 28, 2023 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Preserving

July 29, 2023 – Cleveland, OH @ Winchester

July 30, 2023 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

Aug. 4, 2023 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

Aug. 5, 2023 – Fredericksburg, VA @ KC’s Music Alley

Signs Of The Swarm European Festivals

+ Co-headliners with Humanity’s Last Breath & more

Aug. 9, 2023 – Warsaw, PL @ Hybrydy &

Aug. 10, 2023 – Jaroměř, CZ @ Brutal Assault

Aug. 11, 2023 – Oberhausen, DE @ Kulttempel #

Aug. 12, 2023 – Hannover, DE @ Béi Chéz Heinz ? %

Aug. 13, 2023 – Copenhagen, DK @ Prime Fest

Aug. 14, 2023 – Hamburg, DE @ Indra + %

Aug. 15, 2023 – Amsterdam, NL @ Q-Factory + %

Aug. 16, 2023 – Erfurt, DE @ VEB Kultur + %

Aug. 18, 2023 – Dinkelsbühl, DE @ Summer Breeze Open Air

Aug. 19, 2023 – Eindhoven, NL @ Dynamo Metalfest

Aug. 20, 2023 – Frankfurt, DE @ Das Bett + %

Aug. 21, 2023 – Aarau, CH @ KIFF + %

Aug. 22, 2023 – Milan, IT @ Slaughter Club + %

Aug. 23, 2023 – Munich, DE @ Backstage + %

Aug. 24, 2023 – Andernach, DE @ Deathfeast Open Air

Aug. 25, 2023 – Ghent, BE @ Asgaard %

& = w/ Archspire

# = w/ Shadow of Intent

? = w/ Frontierer

% = w/ To the Grave

+ = w/ Humanity’s Last Breath

Signs Of The Swarm UK Headliner with To the Grave, Harbinger

Aug. 26, 2023 – London UK @ The Underworld

Aug. 27, 2023 – Birmingham UK @ Devil’s Dog

Aug. 28, 2023 – Sheffield UK @ Corporation

Aug. 29, 2023 – Leeds UK @ The Key Club

Aug. 30, 2023 – Glasgow UK @ Audio

Aug. 31, 2023 – Manchester UK @ Rebellion

Sept. 1, 2023 – Bristol UK @ The Exchange

Sept. 2, 2023 – Southampton UK @ The Joiners

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