Overseeing a career filled with preeminent highs and intense lows, Truth & Its Burden have embraced and enjoyed some of the world’s finest festivals, countless shows, and undertaken extensive touring throughout South Africa, Europe, UK and the US. Against a backdrop of adversity that very few touring outfits ever experience, on their own steam and with almost no label support, they have forged a space in which to exist. Prolonged adversity can permanently fracture bands. But, for Truth and its Burden, it has created a steeled determination and a street-smart grit, remaining a staple in the heavy music scene.
A palpable sense of passion for creativity and performance seeps throughout Truth & Its Burden’s discography, spanning a string of EP’s and 3 full length releases. Their most recent offering, I Labour, delivers a huge shift in sonic adventurism and evolution, production value and energy. I Labour is their most accomplished work to date and exists as their pinnacle, their revolution, a successful navigation of the wild and tumultuous waters they sail.
“We’ve all gone through extremely difficult times as a band and as individuals, all relative to each person and the circumstances surrounding life. I Labour is a deep, gritty look into failed friendships, broken dreams, incredible sacrifice and also recovery, finding faith and fulfilment in life. We’ve worked really hard alongside producer, Clinton Watts, to get a great sound and craft really strong ideas in studio, delivering what we feel is truly our finest work to date. We’re all so excited about sharing the new album with everyone and look forward to hopefully gaining newer fans who’d appreciate our change in sound and dynamic. We’re still a heavy band, we’re just a little more refined and the new album comfortably showcases this.”
– Explains vocalist Ashley De Beer
Over a decade ago, Truth & Its Burden immersed itself in a thriving metal scene. The idea was simple enough: delivering a message of hope and positivity out of the ashes of friction, adversity and dreams reshaped and redrawn. The drive, purpose and urgency of this release mark them out as something special, something more than a creative flash in the pan. Those same ideals that initially bore life still resonate today on I Labour.