Brutalizing breakdowns, slamming riffage, and lightspeed technicality all behind a unifying message of embracing and working through our darkest times, uncertainty, self-doubt, and hustling hard for what you love. What more could you ask for at a time like this?
I’d like to formally introduce you to Yuma, Arizona metalcore outfit Samsara. Though the quintet had already formed as a group 5 years ago, Samsara formally hit the scene in 2014 with the release of two singles under their demo The Lincoln Conspiracy. Since then, the band hustled to move their status from “newcomer” to “up-and-coming,” playing as many shows as possible and eventually earning their place with larger acts such as The Ghost Inside, The Word Alive, Gideon, Miss May I, and Born Of Osiris.
Samsara spent the past year writing their new record Bloodlines, which was recorded with Cory Brunnemann (Upon a Burning Body, Darkness Divided, Everyone Dies in Utah, and More) in San Antonio, Texas. The band’s commonality in their music is their give-all, familial approach as illustrated in their mantra: “Regardless of what separates us, there is a commonality that brings us together. Through music, we are a family.” What makes Samsara fascinating is that this approach far extends beyond the cohesion of the members, permeating through their musicality, and into their following and fanbase. It;s in this regard that Bloodlines takes on a literal, rooting, commonality: When Samsara plays, it’s for everyone. When Samsara writes, it’s really for everyone.
Which is why we’re proud to present to you the official track-by-track of Bloodlines, penned by the band themselves! As always, each track is embedded for your better listening and reading experience. Enjoy!
“This Means War”
“This Means War” is about corruption in popular society, and how fast people are willing to turn on each other or having a lack of compassion for our “fellow man.” It’s seen a lot in work environments- people will cut each other down, trash talk, and even sabotage another just so they can come ahead of the other guy. However in my (Dan) mind I believe that eventually bad deeds do no go unpunished, which is a why in the second verse it hints to the story of Icarus because he became so full of himself for being able to fly and soar above others that his arrogance then became his downfall. Even if someone is viewed as successful if it takes throwing every person you’ve met under the bus then at the end of the day I believe as people start to see through the charade and when your left pretty much alone what might have been viewed as succeeding may have become that own persons nightmare. We all face the trials of these kinds of actions though and considering it’s so widely acceptable to give in to them, it’s been that way since the dawn of time.
As a band, we’ve gone through the typical setbacks such as member loss, people having doubt, and as much as it’s affected us in a negative way it has also driven us in a positive direction. People will take things too personal. For example, if someone tells us we suck or we sound bad- instead of dwelling on negative criticism, we’ve decided to take it in stride and think of ways to become constantly better. At the day’s end, we can’t appease everybody, all we can do is have pride in ourselves and that’s what we do. Doesn’t matter if it’s playing a small local show or playing out of town. We’re still getting to play and create music, which is what we love.
“100- Proof” is about working hard for what you want; for us it’s the band. We see way to many people out there constantly expecting handouts especially now, and we tend to find excuses for ourselves and reasons as to why we should be catered too. Truth is, though you don’t get what you want just because you said so, you go nowhere in life sitting on you’re a** and doing nothing. The world doesn’t owe anyone we work for what we want and when it doesn’t pan out we try harder.
This song was extremely personal and hard for me to write. It was written about the passing of one of my best friends. A good portion of the lyrics have ties that only really close friends would understand and only myself or him would actually catch and know the meaning of the way I did certain phrases. This song was kind of my goodbye to him and attempt at closure because he was living in the UK at the time of his passing. He was a huge driving force and had an insane impact on me being in the band and continuing in the band. When it came to thinking of suicidal thoughts, in a way, thinking of him kept those thoughts at bay. “Spinning the barrel hoping I won’t fail, thanks to you I refuse:” those lyrics were about metaphorically turning the barrel of a gun away from my head and instead of dwelling on something, forcing myself to move forward as I’m sure he would have wanted. The ending of the song is where it always gets super emotional and hard for me because I literally used to get drunk, go on my roof, and sometimes would yell into the night wondering what I was doing wrong and why no matter what I was doing it wasn’t helping the situation. “The answer comes loud and clear” is actually a part written due to a discussion with my father I had on the subject about 10 months after his death. I was told that my emotions didn’t make me weak (due to mentioning my running from the depression) and that, basically, it was okay to let myself be sad. When I was told that it really didn’t kick in right away, I blew it off like any other young adult until I started trying to stop running. That was one of the scariest things I think I’ve done, because (like for many people) it’s easy for me to run from emotions. But to accept that he was actually gone, I was destroyed. Days and weeks went by after realizing this and I didn’t exactly feel any better about it or ever stop thinking about it. Instead, I realized that my life may feel like a very long period of time, but in the grand scheme of things, in a blink of an eye I’ll be gone as well. That’s is why I wrote “one day I’ll see you soon” because, in all honesty, it hardly makes sense so it fit with the rest of the whole situation. Then the last part which is repeated “I know you’re right here, I feel a presence near” pertains to me knowing no matter what happens the person that affected me so much and his memory will continue on as I live. The song ends with “I feel your existence as you fade,” which is me finally saying goodbye and that at least to the physical world he is gone.
The title track to the record is a lot about my mind and how I constantly didn’t really feel like I was home or like I fit in outside of a certain group of friends that I grew very close to during high school. Among those friends are my two band-mates Billy (Guitarist) and Gio (Drums). That group has been there for me through pretty much everything I’ve gone through the past 7 years. None of them are blood related, but they’ve basically become my little makeshift family and I wuffles dem.
“Karma” is a song about a person in my life that I will never stop loving. As negative as the song may seem lyrically, it’s the exact opposite. That certain person that came in my life and I viewed as complete perfection had the unique ability to obliterate every wall I have ever built and made me want to truly feel love again. The sad side of that was just the simple fact that we were both looking into different styles of life. The quote “I see you standing alone within the crowd” is because I want to constantly be there for her but I never want her to have to see me achieve or succeed in what I wish to. At the end of the day for the ones we love we should want them to be happy none the less. At the end of the song it repeats what sounds like “karma, welcome to the dark,” but it’s not darkness as in hatred. It’s the darkness of never fully understanding someone’s potential and drive to accomplish what they want but to be left alone and never have to view that and later regret it. In the end I believe the greatest form of karma is accomplishing everything you’ve wanted, striving for it and leaving the person who has doubted you in the dark of it all.
The closing song for the album is “Relics” which is just as the title resembles a song about things from the past. It fit perfectly, considering the whole album has a lot of ideals of moving beyond your past and into the unknown future, which for a lot of people is scary. As for me, when I decided the band is what I wish to strive to achieve knowing all the potential failures and, as it says in the song, “the grass may not be greener at the other side,” I feel as if I will never know unless I go for it. People now get too caught up in their pasts or future to work on themselves day to day. Instead they worry about planning for the future, or are too consumed by past mistakes, and for me I don’t want that. I’d rather accept what’s happened to me, come to terms with it, and move toward a future that I want for myself and for Samsara.
Our debut EP Bloodlines is a collection of thoughts from the perspective of our vocalist and his personal struggles with addiction, loss, and a depression. It is about reaching your lowest point, your darkest place, and finding reason to leave it all behind utilizing the support of the ones closest to you forming a bond even thicker than blood. Samsara isn’t just a metalcore band, Samsara is our outlet for the internal struggles of our everyday lives.