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Artist Icon Violent Allies
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Violent Allies is the ninth studio album by American rock band 10 Years. It was released on September 18, 2020. Its first single, "The Shift", was released ahead of the album in May 2020.

Writing and recording
The band began on work on the album in 2019, deciding to work work with music producer Howard Benson. The band had previously worked with Benson on 2010's Feeding the Wolves, but wished to try it again, feeling that issues between band members and their record label at the time kept them from reaching their potential with working with Benson the first time around. The recording sessions began in late 2019, with the band entering the studio with Benson 20 songs already written. Much to their surprise, the sessions were much more challenging than expected, with Benson cutting 75% of the material the band had previously written. This forced the band to write new material on the spot in the studio. Guitarist Brian Vodinh elaborated on the difficult sessions:
Time spent in the studio or simply collaborating on our vision was a catalyst in reaching creative clarity like we've never had before...No matter how frustrated we get, once we looked out at it, the energy was unexplainable. Our mission was to really connect with the songs, break them down, and build them back up...The younger versions of ourselves would've been going to Hollywood every night and partying. different...All we cared about was writing and recording the best song we possibly could. We felt like we had something to prove.

Themes and composition
The album's title, Violent Allies, has a dual meaning, representing both the band's strong determination to work together to create a meaningful album, and an allusion to the divisiveness present in modern social and political issues. The latter is a recurring theme across much of the album, and the album's lead single "The Shift". While "The Shift" also contains multiple allusions to the "spreading of a virus, the song was written in late 2019, prior to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Release and promotion
The album's first single, "The Shift", was first released on May 15, 2020, well in advance of the album, which, at the time, was untitled and had no release date, due to the uncertainty in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. The album's title, Violent Allies, and its release date, September 18, 2020 were announced in mid-July, alongside a new promotional song titled "The Unknown".
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