Scantily-clad women desperate for that famed rock n’ roll touch. Maggot-infested, rotting meat juxtaposed with eviscerated human bodies undoing themselves from the inside out. A mad priest, foaming at the mouth with a grin that alludes to pleasure of the sinful variety. This is the music video for “Dig in Deep,” the all-new single from heavy riff syndicate Sun & Flesh, and you believe me when I say that it’s as carnal as rock gets in 2020, or, and I would highly recommend this instead, you can take a peek at its three and a half minutes of destructive decadence for yourself.
While the visuals in the video for “Dig in Deep” are hypnotically aggressive and piled on as high as we can handle them, the soundtrack behind the shots is the true prize to behold in this latest release from Sun & Flesh. Driven by a pummeling guitar violence that could swallow anything within earshot whole, the grooves in this track are punishingly heavy and relentlessly intense, only holding back in the chorus just long enough for our lead singer to throw down a melodic verse (only to turn us over to the hurricane of devastating distortion waiting on the other side of the hook).
The grind in the tempo here greatly accentuates the interplay between the vocal and the guitar parts, and though it isn’t the only example of Sun & Flesh’s keen attention to sonic detail that I could point to in “Dig in Deep,” it’s definitely an element separating this tune from the litany of other riff-rocking singles out this April. This is a band that doesn’t have time for filler in their music, and by giving us something simple and strong instead of something elaborate and predictable, they both pay homage to the classic standard in hard rock and carve their own path towards success in the genre at the same time.
Metalheads and rockers alike should agree that Sun & Flesh’s “Dig in Deep” is a top shelf listen this season, and while this isn’t the first time that this band has divvied out overdriven melodies like they’re going out of style, it’s certainly an affirmation of their place within the hierarchy of talented underground rock crews making a name for themselves today. “Dig in Deep” doesn’t placate its audience with fanciful solos and buoyant breakdowns like it’s 2002 all over again – this is pure physicality, zero varnish music for a generation hungry for new beats.