After generating nearly half-a-billion streams, going gold in a climate where that achievement is becoming more and more rare, and launching a two-year whirlwind of sold out shows, Detroit’s I Prevail return with their second full-length and one of the year’s most anticipated releases with Trauma. The album will be released through Fearless Records on March 29.
Trauma represents a victorious moment in the wake of a series of trials and tribulations endured by the Michigan quartet—Brian Burkheiser [clean vocals], Eric Vanlerberghe [harsh vocals], Steve Menoian [lead guitar], and Dylan Bowman [rhythm guitar]. Even as they catapulted towards mainstream notoriety with 2016’s breakout Lifelines, they faced unforeseen and unbelievable hardship that might’ve broken any other band.
Burkheiser dealt with a debilitating and shocking vocal injury that jeopardized his future as a singer. He made it through, but dealt with the aftershocks of stress and anxiety. Mired in thoughts of potentially leaving the band, he made a choice. He got together with his band brothers in 2018 and they decided to craft the record they wanted to hear without outside input. Joined by producer Tyler Smith [Falling In Reverse], they emerged from 10 months in the studio with Trauma.
Now, the album represents a realization of their full potential. I Prevail elevate rock by making it unpredictable again, leaping from moments of metal, alternative, electronic, and hip-hop. This unpredictability powers the heavy and hard-hitting new single “Bow Down.” Additionally, they unveiled an accompanying single “Breaking Down,” which pairs glitchy flourishes with a hypnotic and heartfelt vocal performance and impactful refrain.
“Bow Down” taken from the new I Prevail album ‘Trauma’.
With an equally melodic, magnetic, and momentous offering, I Prevail triumph on Trauma. Smarter, slicker, and soaring towards stardom, rock music gets the band it needs to carry it to the forefront of culture again: I Prevail.
“Breaking Down” taken from the new I Prevail album ‘Trauma’.