In anticipation of its release date, we at Svbterranean are pleased to present an exclusive stream of the album’s third track, “Whispers Through the Aether”. We also reached out to guitarist/bassist/drummer/vocalist Ian J. D’Waters who agreed to discuss the lyrical themes behind each track on Death Velour. Check out the track and album breakdown after the break.
1. THE AWAKENING
Like with the first album, I wanted an intro that has a horror movie feel to it. Many of my ideas have been developed while watching horror movies and movie soundtracks have always been pretty cool, especially during the eighties, so to me it was necessary that “Death Velour” has an intro.
2. DEATH BY MEDITATION
The title reveals everything what the lyrics are about. This song has really cold and oppressive feel to it. If “Death Velour” would’ve been done in an A-class studio with highly produced sound, the feeling wouldn’t be there. Perfect starter after the intro.
3. WHISPERS THROUGH THE AETHER
One of the oldest songs on the album and it introduces keyboards to the mix. Crusty eeriness meets with psychedelia and hopelessness. Deals with cults and their failures, or how they succeeded. You can be the judge.
4. THE MAGIC OF SEVERED LIMBS
The most straightforward song on the album with twisted, macabre touches along the way. Lyrics are based on a true story that had severed limbs, magic and religion involved.
5. VELVET BLUE
Starts the side B with an obscure homage to Finnish death metal scene and Jethro Tull. When Johnny Urnripper joined the band and this song was composed, it was obvious that he would sing it. “Velvet Blue” is old school death metal alongside with doom and gloom. This song is based on a movie.
6. VIOLENCE FOR THE HELL OF IT
Second song with lyrics based on a film. Violence, guts, deformation and revenge, for the hell of it. Re-make, taken from our demo tape “Death is Present” from 2011. Now the song stands more powerful and ghastly as it was meant to be. Contains some of the oldest riffs in the history of Ghastly.
7. SCARLET WOMAN
Epic ending track that closes the circle. Personal favourite. It has a twisted atmosphere of it’s own, so twisted that I can’t even remember of composing it. Suddenly it just were there, ready for recording. It is a folklore story about a witch, loosely based on a text that was actually written in Finnish by E. Thule, but translated by Ghastly’s own lyricist, Andy Gordon.
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