Rochester-based, metal/hardcore project Ovtlierreleased its new video, “Vice,” from the band’s latest album, What Doesn’t Kill You.
Led by the enigmatic vocalist/songwriter, Joey Arena, Ovtlier have already captivated more than 60K daily followers online. What Doesn’t Kill You was released with rave reviews and the band has just signed with The Orchard/Curtain Call.
Ovtlier have built a strong name for itself on the US live circuit playing alongside Ice Nine Kills, Sevendust, The Plot In You, Butcher Babies, Nonpoint, Attila, Sylar, Underoath, August Burns Red, Sworn In, Impending Doom, New Years Day and more. 2019 will see the band make their UK live debut, more news coming soon.
The track borrows from a variety of genres, from punk to metal to hip-hop/rap, as frontman Arena showcases his ability to wail soul-shattering notes and swiftly rap verses. The band’s sound draws influence from Breaking Benjamin, 30 Seconds To Mars, Korn, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, and others.
The video features Arena grappling with his demons in a haunting scene that looks like it was pulled directly from a horror film. He endures torture and torment from haunting masked figures as he sings, “The whole world is against me tonight but no matter how hard they try they’ll never take me.” The cinematic video reaches a horrifying climax when he unmasks one of the demonic figures, only to find himself.
Arena explains that, “‘Vice’ is about battling my demons. The constant struggle with anxiety and working to progress onward. Not allowing me to be swallowed up by self doubt especially in the creation of the record. We all possess the ability to manifest greatness, rise above, take control of our lives and persevere in whatever we choose.”
Inspired by 90s grunge, Arena began playing on an old 3-string guitar at age 11. He achieved commercial success with his first band Young Bloods, but struggled to find himself. He spent weekends traveling 8 hours from Rochester to Cleveland in search of an identity and definition for what would become What Doesn’t Kill You.