Brooklyn doom trio Mountain God recently premiered a new track from their forthcoming album, Bread Solstice, at No Clean Singing. Titled “Nazca Lines”, the lurching 11-minute track weaves together atmospheric splendor with crushing, gargantuan doom metal riffage. Guitarist/vocalist Ben Ianuzzi told No Clean Singing the following regarding the track:
“Conceptually, ‘Nazca Lines’ is the centerpiece of Side A of Bread Solstice, and really is the focal point for the whole record. The idea for the song came from a reasonably obscure fact that I learned about the Nazca people – that while many Mesoamerican civilizations captured and forced people into human sacrifice, there is evidence that many within the Nazca civilization willingly gave themselves up for their gods. I was particularly struck by this, and started wondering what that scene must have looked like. Thus, the premise of the record stemmed from that, as I thought about the situation from the perspectives of the priests, the people, and the sacrificial lamb.
“For us, story and theme are as important as the notes themselves. Every record we’ve written has focused on something. In the case of Experimentation on the Unwilling, it was about perversion within our society. On Forest of the Lost, it was all about the fine line between hero and villain. On Bread Solstice, we tackled the notion of what it means to sacrifice oneself for a cause, and the potential danger when political and religious forces involve themselves in such a situation.
Musically, ‘Nazca Lines’ is a great example of where we wanted to take the band at the time. It’s actually a pretty old riff dating all the way back to 2013, which I wrote immediately after seeing Neurosis for the first time. Once we started recording Bread Solstice, Ryan, Nik and I really tore it apart, taking the idea in a lot of different directions. I personally think it has a bit of a funeral doom feel to it, and it is certainly otherworldly compared to our older material. But, since we always start with the theme before the music, and since space plays such an important role in the story of this lamb, it ended up making sense to us in the end.
It’s by far the most collaborative song on the record, with each of us adding something to the dynamics and general progression. It reflects our personalities and tastes. Also, I thought the writing process for the song was pretty organic and is a good indicator of our influences while at the same time not bashing someone over the head with false diversity for the sake of it.”
Check out the track below alongside previously-released single, “Karmic Truth”.
Bread Solstice will be released on March 24 via Artificial Head Records.
[via No Clean Singing]