The Number Twelve Looks Like You Return With First Album in 10 Years
New Jersey mathcore icons The Number Twelve Looks Like You reunited in 2016 and have now announced Wild Gods, their first new album in 10 years. The record drops Sept. 20 through Overlord Music and you can get the first taste with the new single, "Ruin the Smile," which can be heard toward the bottom of the page. The group will also embark on a headlining tour in the October.
Full-tilt chaos in motion, "Ruin the Smile" is a fevered comeback rife with sudden stylistic changes from overbearing doom intro to frantic technicality cut with jaw-cracking breakdowns.
The track is one of 10 that will be featured on Wild Gods and you can see the complete track listing and album artwork below alongside The Number Twelve Looks Like You's tour dates with God Mother and Pound.
"The band ended somewhat abruptly. We all just needed a break from one another. So as the years went on, Alex and I felt like we never got to write some songs that we knew had to be written – that next sound, that next wild record that would push us even more out of our comfort zones and into new waters," frontman Jesse Korman said of the band's return. "We had built such a foundation, such an amazing following, and before we got too old, we knew we should give this one more big shot. To really make a statement for the world to remember us by."
As for what fans can expect from Wild Gods, guitarist Alex Pareja commented, "The intention here was to create an unexpected journey through atmospheres that make the listener reflect on the tension and release that each song is putting forth while maintaining a connecting thread. Our goal was to find a balance where we were not repeating ourselves, yet staying true to an essence of what the band had achieved in the past. When it comes to influences, I listen to a great variety of world, classical, jazz and minimalist offerings. We all have very different musical preferences and something interesting is bound to happen."
Rounding out Pareja's remarks, Korman said of the lyrical themes, "In the past my lyrics were stories that personally happened to me. It would either be about some experience I went through or something I just simply observed and had to speak about. After we disbanded, I always said that if I had a platform like Number Twelve again, I would speak for others and help tell their stories. Which is what I did."
Looking forward, the vocalist continued, "This album is like a galactic freak show advertisement to aliens, telling them to come see this insane place we call Earth. On Earth, there are stories that are so out there, you would think they were made up. But no, this is what happens here on Earth. We have everything from priests who molest children, and churches that cover it up, to men thinking they are superior to women, to people killing wild animals with military grade weapons and calling it a sport. I am sort of like a deranged ringleader to this planet, telling the extraterrestrials to come see and hear all about it, to come see the Wild Gods."
Pre-orders for the band's first record since 2009's Worse Than Alone can be placed here.
The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Wild Gods Album Art + Track Listing
01. "Gallery of Thrills"
02. "Last Laughter"
03. "Ruin the Smile"
04. "Ease My Siamese"
05. "Sword Swallower"
06. "Raised and Erased"
07. "Tombo's Wound"
08. "Of Fear"
10. "Rise Up Mountain"
The Number Twelve Looks Like You, God Mother, Pound North American Tour Dates
Oct. 01 — Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Kingsland
Oct. 02 — Amityville, N.Y. @ Amityville Music Hall
Oct. 03 — Somerville, Mass. @ ONCE
Oct. 04 — Buffalo, N.Y. @ Rec Room
Oct. 05 — Montreal, Quebec @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
Oct. 06 — Toronto, Ontario @ Sneaky Dee’s
Oct. 08 — London, Ontario @ TBA
Oct. 09 — Lansing, Mich. @ Mac’s Bar
Oct. 10 — Berwyn, Ill. @ Wire
Oct. 11 — Indianapolis, Ind. @ Citadel
Oct. 12 — Columbus, Ohio @ Big Room Bar
Oct. 13 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Smiling Moose
Oct. 15 — Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar
Oct. 16 — Richmond, Va. @ Canal Club
Oct. 17 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Voltage Lounge
Oct. 18 — Teaneck, N.J. @ Debonair Music Hall
25 Best Metalcore Albums of All Time