for many, it’s hard to think born a new without thinking of the near-equivocal phrase, born again—but one of the scene’s fastest risers, new jersey metalcore act born a new, are here to change that. while the latter has a stale, religious and stereotyped association, the former, and the namesake for this crushing quartet, is synonymous with invigoration, rejuvenation and ruthless aggression—that is to say, everything that comes to mind the first time the listener presses play.
born a new erupted into the new jersey heavy music scene in 2013, built on dynamic instrumentation that confidently strides the line dividing hardcore and metal, but with a distinct and unique twist. throughout the months that followed, born a new refined their sound, working through line-up changes and countless local and regional performances to hone in on a hectic, energetic and heavy style of metalcore that earned them a reputation even before the release of their debut ep, new chapter. new chapter was released in 2015 and is comprised of the three most highly-demanded tracks from born a new’s notorious live performances. the ep—though brief—gained born a new a hefty local following and a foothold in the tumultuous worldwide heavy music community, spreading throughout social media to corners near and far of the united states and beyond. new chapter was brilliantly named—not only as a means to usher born a new into the music world—but because it served as the jumping-off point from which the band would become a metalcore commodity.
as 2015 faded into 2016, born a new only kept growing, with the year bringing some of their most extensive touring yet. with five tours along the east coast (including one run with metalcore juggernauts ‘sabella) and a foray into the northeastern area of the united states as well, born a new’s name was spreading like wildfire. even with their pervasive and intense dedication to touring, the band continued writing new material, releasing “g.i.f.t. (god isn’t fixing this)” in august and, later that year, beginning the writing process for their sophomore ep, peace is dead, released in early 2017. peace is dead would go on to launch the band to new heights, especially with cult hits “107” and “death’s penalty” featuring varials’ own travis tabron. framed around sociopolitical issues in america’s contemporary and tumultuous culture, peace is dead launched born a new to a whole new level of notoriety. not afraid to take on tough topics and issues, peace is dead stands a testament to the band’s integrity as both musicians and people alike. 2017 saw born a new keep this energy going—riding the steam of a critically acclaimed ep to lead them to an eastern canada tour and a spot on pinup artist management and artery global’s booking roster as well as a successful tour with deadships (stay sick recordings) to close out the year.
while 2018 hasn’t seen born a new release any new music, it was still one of their busiest years to date. kicking the year off with a full us tour (alongside distinguisher and castaway on the west coast), a full canadian tour (with falsifier and extortionist) and two dates of the last country-wide vans warped tour (holmdel, nj and hartford, ct) all before tracking their 11-track, debut full-length record with cody stewart (the browning, falling in reverse, rvls, the red jumpsuit apparatus) in nashville—making it an immensely successful year.
in early 2019, the band signed to stay sick recordings and released their debut full-length record, "eternal isolation" on april 26th featuring both daniel mcwhorter of gideon and andrew hileman of i am. (see full "eternal isolation" review also by connor welsh here: https://new-transcendence.com/review-born-eternal-isolation-2019/) eternal isolation charted on billboard at #33 top new artist, #23 hard music chart, and #9 heatseekers south central.
born a new are a high-octane, no-filler, rip-roaring and raunchy example of fresh, invigorating heaviness. refusing to sacrifice ingenuity for intensity and boldly colliding brutality and energy. the band have stuck it out through line-up changes and an overwhelming touring regimen to become a household name in the heavy music community, playing festivals such as loud fest (2015, 2017) vans warped tour (2018) east coast tsunami (2018) so what?! music fest (2019) imatter fest (2019) kohlfest (2019) and more, establishing them as an act that will make a metalcore believer even out of the most skeptical set of ears.
born a new released their newest ep "dura vita" on november 13, 2020. (see full "dura vita" ep review also by connor welsh here: https://new-transcendence.com/review-born-a-new-emerge-tougher-than-ever-with-dura-vita-ep-2020/)
- connor welsh