Shane Embury announces new Dark Sky Burial album

Omnis Cum In Tenebris Praesertim Vita Laboret is the 4th album from Dark Sky Burial, the new musical venture from Napalm Death’s Shane Embury. Released on 10 December the album’s title translates as, “Life is one long struggle in the Dark.”

Shane has also shared the video for first single, ‘Mind Rat’ and states: “‘Mind Rat’ is one of the more uplifting and hard hitting tracks from the new album but it’s still lined with disturbing Coil inspired loops to intensify the fear. During the pandemic last year I would be alone during weekends at my studio creating music – one night i could not sleep and this track was the result. The mind rat is the restless side to my unconsciousness – both saviour and saboteur.”

You can watch the video right here.

The dark ambient soundscapes and unsettling industrial noise textures, with disorientating, electronic moments were composed by Shane Embury with the help of long time friend, collaborator and producer Russ Russell and were tweaked into shape for the album at Parlour Studios in the second half of 2021. The ideas and concepts for Dark Sky Burial go back decades for Shane but the events of the past few years have meant the project has been at the forefront of his mind. He comments,

“It feels to me like destiny has a hand with almost everything I do nowadays. Life can be dark for everyone and to say the last few years has not been challenging is possibly an understarement but we all have our own personal journeys and quests we must go through,” says Shane.

“I suppose this quadrilogy is an audio diary of the past few years for me – my father passing away, broken friendships and cutting away that which demands too much of your energy and trying to refocus that energy towards those who truly matter.”

It’s no coincidence that tracks like ‘Mind Rat’ are quirky, disjointed and fear invoking, building towards a very nerve cutting end. “I have felt on the edge of insanity at times over these past two years. It’s been like an episode of the 1960’s show The Prisoner,” Shane adds.

Stress, anxiety and confusion are emotions and themes that flow across the album couple with a greater difference in mood and tempo shifts when compared to the previous three DSB records.

Shane continues: “With this fourth album I have tried to bring more drama and suspense into the tracks . For the last track “The Heart Warrior” I wanted to have a triumphant edge to it to create the feeling of bitter sweetness as inside I feel i have so much further to go as a person emotionally. It could be that my feelings and Dark Sky Burial’s music are inexplicably synchronised.’

Omnis Cum In Tenebris Praesertim Vita Laboret is the final part of a quadrilogy of albums that started with the digital release of De Omnibus Dubitandum Est in April of 2020 while the second Quod me Nutrit me Destruit followed in February 2021 with the third album dropping as a surprise release on 6 August. The first ever Dark Sky Burial live show followed in September London’s Camden Underworld.

Speaking on those previous albums Shane concludes: “The first DSB album was composed on tour and my feelings towards where I was musically and emotionally were evolving. I felt I had no control and I was changing. I wanted to be heard in a more alternative sense.

I am proud to say the four albums released in the past 20 months have twisted and turned and soared in eclectic directions. If some out there feel a connection and common understanding then that’s a positive. Much as my life has been a rollercoaster ride of emotions this past two years especially DSB.

I feel creatively more enthusiastic now than ever about everything I am involved in musically. Life is tougher and to find balance for the rest of my life is still the goal. I keep climbing the vertical labyrinth though the pathway is dark! But from darkness there is light. So next year phase 2 of Dark Sky Burial will begin.”

Omnis Cum In Tenebris Praesertim Vita Laboret is released on 10 December and available to pre-order now via Embury’s own Extrinsic Recordings label.


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