Hundred Suns: 'Amaranthine'

When he's not leaving a trail of post-metal destruction across middle America, Norma Jean frontman Cory Brandan is saving the world with prog-rock.

Brandan's side project Hundred Suns, formed with drummer Ryan Leger (ex-Every Time I Die) and guitarist Chris LeMasters (ex-Dead & Divine) has just dropped the video for new tune 'Amaranthine'.

The track's sees Brandan's trademark bittersweet vocals soaring over Leger and LeMasters work; a perfectly arranged cacophony of shifting time signatures and galloping, complex guitar lines. 

The band is also tackling some pretty hefty issues on the track - Brandan explains:

"I feel like the song has a very shadowy, almost ‘street’ vibe to it, matching its dark lyrical content, which was inspired by human trafficking — a very serious problem that deserves way more attention than it gets. At times it feels like the world is in a perpetual cycle, talking about the same topics over and over but trafficking is a real crisis taking place in all of our communities, cities and states. I had a conversation with a border agent, who told me that they intervene to help young girls and boys almost every day.""

The band is donating the proceeds from 'Amaranthine' to anti-trafficking organisation THORN. 

"According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, which is an insane stat," Brandan explains. "But raising awareness is meaningless without action, so we’re donating a portion of profits from ‘Amaranthine’ to THORN, an organization that focuses primarily on preventing the sexual exploitation of children. They were founded in part by Ashton Kutcher, and I’ve seen him talk about this subject and found it to be very inspiring."

If you want to help out, grab 'Amaranthine' on iTunes, or find out more about THORN here.