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Our goal has always been to take the listener on a journey in each song, telling a story not just with the words, but with the music itself. We’re interested in seeing where a song goes and how it develops from one part to the next, and how we can tie songs together into larger pieces. We’re always in the process of trying out new ideas, rethinking our songwriting, and testing out material live to see how the audience responds, that’s reflected in the music. This album is the product of many years of working and refining and reflects a lot of different ideas as well as the journey we’ve been on as a band and where we’re going next.
Onward was mainly written to have a fast-paced short song with lots of blast beats. It’s the simplest song on the album, and the closest to a black/death metal track, but a fun one to play and a nice break from all the sprawling long songs. Onward takes a broader perspective than the individual, a bird’s eye view on life as a constant battle with people joining and dying endlessly all fighting for some greater goal beyond their view. It’s not hopeless though, it’s not about everything being pointless and giving up, but about persisting even when you don’t see the end.
Husk of a Man
Husk of a Man has probably undergone more writing and re-writing than any other song to date and the final product here was finalized shortly before the recording. The “chorus” that the title comes from goes back several years and we knew we wanted to put it on the album but the rest of the song is newer, we essentially wrote several other songs around it, none of which ended up making the cut. It has the most lyrics of any of the songs and the most clean singing as well, and my personal favorite lyrically. The lyrics are flashbacks and memories of battles and and the destruction left in their wake.
In Exile is the oldest song on the album, being largely completed around the time Crawling Mountain Apogee was released. It’s been a long time favorite of ours and always does well live. Like most of our songs, it took a long time to complete the instrumental music and then the vocals were written fairly quickly afterwards and didn’t change much from the first draft. In Exile is really the centerpiece of the album, it was the first song to be completed on it, as well as the longest by several minutes, and we’ve had the most time to perfect it over the 3+ years we were playing it before recording the album. The lyrics also form the conceptual basis for the rest of the story of the album and deal with struggling against isolation and a harsh environment.
Pillars of Time
Pillars Of Time is the inspiration for the album cover. The album tells the experience of a man wandering in a deserted earth and near the end he finds the massive remains of an ancient civilization still standing, a monument of the past. The song also features some big dynamic shifts that reflect the story behind it.
Swallowing Depths plays off the contrast in the first half of the song both musically and lyrically – a sort of bipolar descent into madness, this is a running theme throughout the album and reaches an apex with Swallowing Depths. The second half of the song resolves this back and forth tension though, and calms down, setting up for the conclusion that is Resting Place. It is about the final throes of human struggle before accepting the fate of death.
Resting Place is the last song on the album, pictured on the back cover, and the conclusion of the story. The lyrics are the thoughts on dying from the viewpoint of the man the album follows. The music encompasses this with tension, sadness, anguish, but ultimately release from all that into a melancholy peace.