In Svbterranean’s Album Dissections, artists break down the construction and/or lyrical themes of their records track by track.
Back in October, Brazil’s Piah Mater unleashed their gut-wrenching new album, The Wandering Daughter, via code666. Mixing disemboweling death metal and atmospheric black metal with a progressive flair, The Wandering Daughter is a must-listen for fans of early Opeth and the like. We reached out to vocalist Luiz Felipe Netto who agreed to take part in our Album Dissections series. Gain a greater insight to the album after the break.
“Hyster” comes from the greek language and means ‘womb’. The reason why it was chosen to entitle this short introduction for the album was for its historical background. In ancient Greece, it was a common practice to associate women’s mental disturbances with the influence of the uterus. The term ‘hysteria’ – meaning literally “Disease of the womb” – derives from this (now discredited) analysis.
Hyster is the where all the daughters that wander come from. To escape the institutionalized patriarchy and seek solace in the wild. The song features dreamy vocals by Swedish singer-songwriter Helga, a true jewel in the making.
Solace in Oblivion –
“Solace in Oblivion” depicts the relationship between man, woman and nature in its most menacing, adversarial and primeval form. I sing about a “strangling forest” and the feeling of sinking down in a “mat of leaves.” In the video we did for it, Russian videomaker Daniil Danilov and I aimed to convey all those bare emotions – the sense of being slowly engulfed by roots and vines until the spectator becomes one with the wild.
Sprung from Weakness –
“Sprung From Weakness” was the first song written for this new album and it’s also one of the most straightforward of the batch, although that term vaguely applies here. Structure-wise, it has that “song within a song” approach like many in our catalogue but for this one we managed to wrap things up before the 7-minute mark.
The lyrics are about a conflict between two individuals and takes place in the deep, isolated wilderness. At stake, their own survival. What they want to kill is what they see of themselves in the other. Guilt and shame are as much characters in this dispute as any of the persons involved and the environment that surrounds them feeds off of those feelings. But when nature becomes an agent of change, the scales of justice often lean towards chaos. That’s when weakness rises as an unsung virtue.
The Sky is Our Shelter –
On “The Sky is Our Shelter” we aimed for that autumnal feel. The 6/8 pattern and the acoustic guitars over minor chords always put me in that ‘last days of May’ vibe. Lyrically, I sing about a child opening its eyes for the first time. A departure. A deceit. In this album’s non-linear storytelling, this is the start of our heroes’ journey. The reason for their hideaway. And an invitation for you to follow.
Earthbound Ruins –
To see oneself atop of a mountain and feel that everything that lies below belongs to you. There are no gods, no masters. There are no shrines but our own bodies. No salvation, but art. To me, music is that mountain. “A haven to all who strayed”, as sang, is what I attempt to create at every song penned. The communion that this band allows me to feel with people all over the world is something I have never experienced in any other activity and it’s unequivocally a driving force behind my dedication to the craft. “Earthbound Ruins” touches on this issue of true connectivity through an allegory that elevates man to the status of a deity. In all its glory and ruin.
The Meek’s Inheritance –
“And the meek shall inherit the earth” reads the bible passage. The closing song of the record is a reflection on what will be the earth that is going to be there to be inherited once we are gone. Would you and I even recognize it as such? And who shall be the heir? We don’t know much on those answers but we can either sit and watch as the tale unfolds before our eyes or be active agents of change. For an album that deals so deeply into the matters of nature, the last song couldn’t be anything but an outcry for preservation and environmental awareness.