Goth Metallers Unto Others Sign to Roadrunner Records, Release Brooding New Single

Some of you might know Unto Others by their original name, Idle Hands, with which the band toured alongside acts like King Diamond. But the name change doesn’t appear to have slowed the Portland crew down much, as they just announced that they’ve signed to Roadrunner Records, and have released a new single to go with the news.

The track is called “When Will Gods Work Be Done” (the apostrophe appears to be purposefully omitted), and does a solid job of merging the band’s triptych of influences from classic metal, extreme metal, and goth rock. The song starts totally eerie, but over time picks up with acid riffs and grinding double bass. While it might put off some metalheads who can’t get past the stygian opening, it’ll definitely endear fans of The Cult and Paradise Lost to Unto Others’ cause.

“Our last full length came out over two years ago and much has changed, including the band and I, our name, etc,” says vocalist/guitarist Gabriel Franco, “so I consider this a reintroduction of ‘us’ to those who connected with our music in the past, as well as a debut for the many who haven’t. We did our best, and that’s all we can do. So out of the frying pan, and into the fire, I think we have all been frying long enough.”

“Having Unto Others join us at Roadrunner Records feels like a ‘welcome home’ to a family member we’ve been waiting for – for a very long time,” says Dave Rath, Senior Vice President of A&R at Roadrunner. “Unto Others’ innovative combination of goth, rock and metal brings the genre to entirely new and unique places. They are pushing the genre beyond the expected to create a blend of heavy, dark, melodic songs combined with traditional metal we haven’t heard in quite some time. We are incredibly excited for this band to be part of the label’s storied legacy.”

Listen to “When Will Gods Work Be Done” below:

European fans can catch Unto Others on tour with Behemoth, Arch Enemy, and Carcass later this year at one of the following dates:

9/28 Dublin, IE @ Olympia
9/30 Glasgow, UK @ o2 Academy
10/1 Manchester, UK @ o2 Apollo
10/2 Birmingham, UK @ o2 Academy
10/3 London, UK @o2 Brixton Academy
10/5 Paris, FR @ Zenith
10/6 Toulouse, FR @ Bikini
10/8 Lisbon, PT @ Sala Tejo
10/9 Madrid, ES @ Vistalegre Arena
10/10 Barcelona, ES @ Sant Jordi Club
10/12 Lyon, FR @ Le Radiant
10/13 Milano, IT @ Alcatraz
10/15 Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
10/16 Prague, CZ @ Tipsport Arena
10/17 Katowice, PL @ MCK
10/19 Budapest, HU @ Barba Negra
10/20 Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
10/22 Ludwigsburg, DE @ MHP Arena
10/23 Den Bosch, NL @ Main Stage
10/24 Brussels, BE @ Forest National
10/26 Zurich, CH @ Samsung Hall
10/27 Frankfurt, DE @Jahrhunderthalle
10/29 Munich, DE @ Zenith
10/30 Dusseldorf, DE @ Mitsubishi Hall
10/31 Hamburg, DE @ Edel Optics Arena
11/1 Gothenburg, SE @ Partille Arena
11/3 Helsinki, FI @ Black Box Ice Hall
11/5 Stockholm, SE @ Annexet
11/6 Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Black Box
11/7 Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller

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Words by Chris Krovatin