In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track.
This Thursday, November 1, Night Machine will unleash its gloomy and infectious new record, Themes of the Dead. This metallic and kaleidoscopic synthwave project is sure to appease fans of John Carpenter, Perturbator, and having wild parties in crypts. In anticipation of its release, we invited Night Machine mastermind Nathan Yarroll to participate in our Album Dissections series to give insight into each of the album’s tracks.
With my new album Themes of the Dead I wanted to explore the things that scare us and give you my musical interpretation of what their songs might sound like. Here’s a sort of synopsis of the content of the album
Themata Ex Mortuis –
In an abandoned cathedral the dark choir sings a dark hymn. Harkening the beginning of the black mass. Ancient tones echo through the peeling walls.
Old Dust (The Crypt) –
We come to an old mausoleum. The dissonant sounds weave a creepy ambiance. Something moves in the shadows. Your heart leaps and the anxiety builds. We’re scared of the unknown. A racing pulse and mounting anxiousness fuel the trip through the crypt.
Black Magic (The Witch) –
The Witch dances by firelight cackling into the darkness. The eerie guitar recites the spell as the bass bubbles in the cauldron. You can hear the wind howling as she mixes her evil brew like a maniacal conductor in the darkness.
Menace (The Stalker) –
The stalker following his victim on their lonely walk home. Staying just far enough behind not to be suspected but close enough to examine his prey’s every move. Creeping in dark corners until it’s time to pounce, but not every attempt goes according to plan and a chase ensues. Running, hunter and hunted, adrenaline pumping, every sense heightened. The will to survive.
Dead Party (The Zombie$) –
What would it be like to wake up after death? Swimming back into consciousness after life has ended? Running on base cognitive function I imagine would be like maneuvering through a dream, capable, but still hard to move with full intention. Driven by one desire… flesh. Humans are the party that the zombies have come to crash.
Campkiller (The Maniac) –
Teenagers shouldn’t camp in the woods on the anniversary of the grisly Campkiller Murders. 10 years ago, 5 teens were brutally slain in these woods. Just some kids trying to have a good time. What could possibly go wrong?
Countess (The Vampire) –
You meet a mysterious stranger on a dark night, a beautiful woman. Her eyes penetrating, mesmerizing. Unable to think for yourself. You’re fixed in her gaze. You’ve become the Vampire’s next meal unless she decides to turn you. You’ve seen enough movies to know what might happen but how could this ever be real?
Hookhand (The Hitcher) –
An insane killer on the loose. He lost his arm years ago in a freak accident and had it replaced with a hook. Anybody in the immediate area should stay indoors. He lurks in the shadows. On stormy nights you can find him walking the back roads searching for his next victim.
Chapel District (The Ripper) –
1888, London Town streets. The Ripper hunts his victims. Slashing their throats before removing the organs. The city is in fear of the terror that haunts London’s East End.
Pods (The Invasion) –
Hundreds of intergalactic spaceships encircle the planet. Landing parties touch down on all continents. Humans extend the olive branch of peace only to be met with hostility. The fight ensued. The humans enslaved. We never had a chance but the few who are left still fight in the hopes of freeing themselves from the tyranny of an advanced civilization.
Old Scratch (The Devil) –
The decent into hell. A journey to free your soul. The eternal struggle between good and evil. Reach the devil and best him to set yourself free. The path is full of peril. The prize, salvation.