After more carefully plotting out the direction of its last two albums, France’s Betraying the Martyrs “really didn’t set out to do anything” on its new set, Rapture, according to frontman Aaron Matts. And the results can be heard in an exclusive teaser for the metalcore sextet’s fourth full-length via Billboard today (Sept. 12).
“It kind of goes back to the first album [2011’s Breathe in Life], where we were just doing it and kind of making music and seeing what happened,” Matts tells Billboard. That, he adds, was not the case on 2014’s Phantom and 2017’s The Resilient. “On those records, there were some preconceptions about what they should [be], and we tried to fit into that,” he notes. “This album, we tried to take it back to the roots and do what came naturally and make the best album we could possibly make with what we had.”
The British-born Matts certainly had plenty to draw from for Rapture, which arrives Sept. 13 on Sumerian Records. “The album does really have dark subject matter,” he acknowledges, citing deaths and “family issues” as source material. “I was going through a lot of depression and anxiety, just like everyone seems to be at this point in time,” he explains. “I try to keep it vague so people can connect and relate to the subject matter. I tried to ask the other guys what they had on their minds and write things that felt close to all our hearts, personally. It just came together naturally and very organically. I think that reflects in the music.”