"Bleeding" is the first video from Ignite's new album Our Darkest Days just released on Abacus Recordings. Ignite who have been crafting some of the most definitive melodic west coast hardcore over the past decade and also known for their no holds barred social and politically engaging lyrics. This song and video is no different as the subject deals with the Iraq occupation by the U.S. As bassist Brett Rasmussen explains, it is about "the lies our Government told us to get us into a war without taking the rest of the world's consideration into it." Vocalist Zoli Teglas who wrote the lyrics has a younger brother currently stationed in Iraq where as he explains "he is forced to risk his life driving Halliburton execs to meetings that benefit the politicians and not the people."
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The performance footage of the video was shot in the blistering California Desert where the band attacked their instruments. Interspersed with news footage of the war and intense images, the message is driven home by director Chris Sims (Lamb Of God, As I Lay Dying).
Our Darkest Days has been racking up critical and fan success as the best Ignite album. "The album's strength lies not only in its strong musical qualities but also its socially conscious and challenging lyrics" says PunkBands.com which goes on to call it "The best album so far in 2006." Popular website for heavy music Lambgoat.com calls the band "one of the only remaining hardcore bands from the mid 90's that have never compromised their beliefs or their music."
Ignite are currently killing all with their appearances at huge European fests including Full Force which had 10,000 people singing along with Zoli as well as Hellfest France, Graspop and Pressure Fest. The band is also doing European tour dates with With Honor and Convict. The band will be back stateside for late August and will be playing with the legendary Gorilla Biscuits for their reunion tour on Aug 21st at The Glasshouse w/ Comeback Kid.