Genre-blurring provocateurs HOLY WARS have dropped their mind-bending new single and music video “Deus Ex Machina” today. Matching hard hitting metal riffs with frantic spoken word, soaring pop melodies, and thought-provoking lyrics, “Deus Ex Machina” is the next step in the evolution of HOLY WARS , perfectly showcasing the indefinable combination of vocalist, Kat Leon ’s dynamic vocal techniques and guitarist/producer, Nick Perez‘s down-tuned guitar riffs and cinematic soundscapes.

The cinematic music video for “ Deus Ex Machina” immerses us in the literal rollercoaster ride of vocalist Kat Leon ’s deep and sometimes dark psyche. She unpacks the song’s themes as follows:

“Deus Ex Machina was inspired by my love of psychology and how fascinating the brain is. The God of the human machine. Deus Ex Machina meaning God from the Machine really helped shape the message of what I was wanting to say lyrically in this song, how our personal narrative is powerful. We often rewrite our stories as the hero’s tale but we very possibly could be the villain in another’s. Our words are powerful and our story is our legacy. In this song I wanted to display the attack side of the narrative, how any issue I have had with another has stemmed from projection, a choice and the power I allow it to have. The ghost in the machine haunting my thoughts and puppeting my actions. Deus Ex Machina is a hard hitting wild sonic ride of the mania that lives underneath us all.”

The single will be the first HOLY WARS release via their brand new label home, Pale Chord , as they also announce their signing to the prominent alternative label today, joining an impressive roster of fellow groundbreaking artists such as Spiritbox, Harper and Thousand Below.

Blending thoughtful introspection with their trademark chaotic energy, “Deus Ex Machina” highlights HOLY WARS ’ unrelenting creative spirit and is arguably their heaviest release to date. Today’s release and new label announcement only furthers the band’s incessantly gaining momentum garnered from their authentic, DIY approach, which has already yielded nearly 10 million global streams and 700,000 YouTube views for previous releases.

With their unpredictable sound, provocative artistry, and new label home, HOLY WARS continue to defy genres and blow minds. Embrace the weird and stay tuned for more from these sonic shapeshifters soon.


Los Angeles based duo HOLY WARS , composed of Kat Leon (Vocals) and Nick Perez (Guitars/Production), have a unique and constantly evolving sound that fuses an infectious medley of genres, packed with attitude and lyrical finesse. Newly signed to Pale Chord via BMG, HOLY WARS are excited to usher in a new era of ambitious music starting with new single “ Deus Ex Machina”.

Recorded music aside, HOLY WARS ’ live shows are an electrifying breeding ground that converts any first timer to a lifelong fan. HOLY WARS take every opportunity to feed off the energy of the crowd and use it to amplify Leon’s charismatic and fearless stage presence which has since allowed them to win over a wide range of audiences. It is no surprise that the band’s high-intensity live performances have led the group to share the stage alongside legendary groups such as Coheed and Cambria, Alkaline Trio, and Papa Roach, to the next generation of up and coming rock artists including The Warning and Scene Queen.

In Spring 2023, HOLY WARS hit the festival circuit for the first time, gracing the main stages at Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple while evaporating the indoor stage at So What?! Fest. This fall, catch their continued festival debut at Furnace Fest, Louder Than Life (main stage), and Aftershock.