California metalcore veterans Atreyu are currently sidelined from the road like every other touring band and instead are focusing their energy on writing their forthcoming eighth album, which is due later this year via Spinefarm Records. In the meantime, they’ve released the intimate, black-and-white music video for “Super Hero,” a standout cut off the group’s last full-length, 2018’s In Our Wake. The piano-laced power ballad features guest vocals from Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows and Underoath drummer-singer Aaron Gillespie, who also appear in the clip. Originally intended as a celebration of parenthood, the song has taken on new significance in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. Watch the video below.
“Our song ‘Super Hero’ was written about what it’s like to be a parent and the vast amount of time, effort, energy, and hard work it takes to be a real-life superhero for your children,” the band said in a joint statement. “The song also has a broader meaning, especially given the current situation the entire world is dealing with. There are many superheroes out there who appear in many forms — namely the first responders, medical personnel, and health care workers who are putting others first as they work to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. We dedicate this song to them.”
Shadows’ appearance in Atreyu’s “Super Hero” clip is just his latest guest turn in a long string of them across his career. The Avenged vocalist also just made a cameo on System of a Down’s drummer John Dolmayan’s solo album, These Grey Men, singing on the LP’s lead single, a hard-rock cover of Radiohead’s “Street Spirit,” and starring in its music video.