In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track.
On their newest release, The Crucifixion of Hope, UK trio Vulturic Eye weave classic heavy metal fervor with dark progressive flair and a heavy dose of pessimism. We asked the band to participate in our Album Dissections column in which the band broke down their record track-by-track, as well as give their philosophy on songwriting. Check it out below.
We once had the misfortune to play with a moderately famous power metal band, the show was a painful demonstartion of artless egotism and narcisissm made all the more unbearable by the singer’s insistence on detailing the musical content of each forthcoming song. Never in the squalid history of humanity has the musical experience been improved with the words ‘You’ll like this one it’s got a thrashy mid section with some really strong keyboards’. Equally, announcing ‘This is going to be funny,’ is a worthless precursor at best. With this in mind we will forego discussing the musicality or offering opinion, that is left to you.
Instead our focus will be on process and purpose.
Music should be an attempt to create the divine. Music cannot be equated to the construction of a formulae or a house, it cannot be dissected or quantified and mercurial in the extreme each track represents something different for each listener.
Yet we are told that songs can be split into two camps: inspired and crafted. The problem is that inspiration doesn’t exist. What you are really doing if you are ‘inspired’ is simply repeating motifs, notions, ideas fragments that your conscious and unconscious mind have stockpiled ready for your later theft. If you want ‘Inspiration’ then read, watch, talk, listen, it’s little more than regurgatation. The fact that you need ‘inspiration’ is sign that you have nothing to say, an indication there is no symbiosis between the lyrical content and music and a warning that you have no purpose. Music without purpose is poison to the soul and while the sheep are welcome to engage; shake their tails in mindless worship, the vultures reject your black-metal-dance-floor-fillers.
If inspiration is worthless then all songs must be crafted? No I fear not, most songs are simply badly bolted together plagarism. The very nature of craft implies a level of skill and aptitude and for most the process is a blind amble in search of another hook.
True craft does exist and is treats the song as a whole, it reognises that your collection, be it EP, LP, discography is all part of the same whole. It repsects the origin without denying progression, it respects the concept, the idea the genus without eschewing the song. It ultimately respects the purpose.
Cruxifiction of Hope contains three tracks focused on the fragility and futility of human endeavour.
How Soon the Future attempts to quantify the point of realisation when opportunity has gone, when the greatest days, the crowning glory of your meandering existence recedes into the distance and death awaits. This is the gift that a long life will offer humankind and thus we warn you to be careful what you wish for.
Falsehood charts the political rise and fall of the tempests that guide our own lives without volition or choice. Reflecting the stalinist show trials and the strength of human, the purpose was to channel Pink Floyd, 1984 and the futility of your insignificant bravery in the face of the state.
Generation X,Y,Z expores the notion of nature VS nurture and the effect that your genetic potential and socio-economic status has upon the course of your life. In a world without god, destiny is a laughable concept but the miserable path to your death has already been written.
Whether our efforts will mean anything to you matters little but you can rest assured that the next one will not be funny.