Hertfordshire based alternative metal band Defences have released their brutal and confrontational new single.

In The Black is taken from their new album In The Balance which is set for release on 15 October 2021.

In The Balance arrives as a snapshot of primary lyricist and vocalist Cherry Duesbury’s experiences over the last few years; Glancing over the inevitable difficulties of a global pandemic as well as several pivotal cultural events. “We wrote this because we need to” exclaims Cherry. ‘In The Balance’ is the result of Defences looking for hope in the stark realities of life, facing them head-on to find positivity.

In The Black sees the band looking inwards, tackling loss and grief head-on. Duesbury explains “In The Black dives into the darker side of loss and the effects it can have on us. Unexpectedly losing important people can feel like the end of your world, or like a part of or all of you has been taken with them. This song explores the thoughts and feelings that can come while grieving.” Duesbury adds in conclusion “Even when at our lowest points, there is something that drives us forward, wakes us up every day and keeps us breathing… There’s still sunlight, even behind the darkest of clouds.”


“A lot of the lyrics are based on internal struggles,” notes co-vocalist William Alex Young. It’s a snapshot in time, looking at humanity in both its glory and its struggles. “It’s incredibly honest”, Duesbury adds. “It’s the most honest I have ever been in terms of lyrics.”

There’s a universality to this honesty with the band’s recent single False Gods.’Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Duesbury used her personal reaction to comment on all humanity. Hope bubbles under the surface of In The Balance and underpins Defences’ attitude as a band. The songs emerge as a celebration of how humans deal with things that happen in their lives, how they understand and acknowledge those experiences, and what ultimately can be learned from them. And they do so with a powerful energy that perfectly blends the dual vocals with down-tuned instrumentation.

Defences are currently on tour supporting Our Hollow Our Home, along with Chuggaboom and Thecityisours on the following dates:

Friday 17 September The Exchange, Bristol
Saturday 18 September Academy, Manchester
Sunday 19 September Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow
Monday 20 September Think Tank, Newcastle
Tuesday 21 September The Key Club, Leeds
Wednesday 22 September The Old Salutation, Nottingham
Thursday 23 September O2 Institute 3, Birmingham
Friday 24 September 229 The Venue, London
Saturday 25 September The Cavern, Exeter

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