We’ve joined forces with Season Of Mist to bring you a brand new track from Canada’s Numenorean. The track ‘Devour’ shared here is taken from their forthcoming debut album Home, which is out for release on 22nd July 2016.
Never judge a book by its cover – this adage might also be applied to album artwork and in particular the debut full-length of Numenorean. The Canadian post-black metal act has crafted a musical masterpiece that embraces beauty, harshness, brutality, and melancholy in equal measure and transforms those ingredients into breathtaking melodies and riffs.
The cover art will come as a shock to many, which – according to the band – is not the intention (you can look it up). The best explanation for this particular choice of cover art and the meaning behind this record is provided by Numenorean:
“Our album revolves around the idea of ‘loss’ and a longing for something that we as humans will never achieve. We are all empty and broken in some form or another, so we look for fulfilment through things like money, sex, relationships, drugs, religion, and a variety of other things but, in the end, we ultimately remain void of any true happiness. Perhaps what we are really searching for is the innocence that we once had as a child. However, since we are incapable of ever getting that back, the only place we can perhaps find this comfort once more is in death. The little girl on the cover represents this final resting place for us – beyond our existence in this world. The title of the album sums it up once you realise that she does not have to go through all the pain and sorrow of becoming an adult. Home evokes this melancholic blissful state within the listener and as you spend more time becoming familiar with her picture, you begin to see the music reflecting in her face seemingly close to smiling. Collectively we thought it was important to choose an image that established the language of the album as well as something that would allow the listener to begin their experience before even hearing the first song. It is not vague, it is sincere and dangerously straight to the point. The album is meant to be listened to as an entire journey that transforms you from start to finish and although the lyrics vary on different aspects of loss, all five song titles represent the succession of one’s life. Home: ‘Born’ into the world with complete innocence. ‘Thirst’: Searching for answers in questions that life has given you. ‘Shoreless’: Feelings of hopelessness. ‘Devour’: Willingly letting life destroy you. ‘Laid Down’: Making peace with what you have become and surrendering yourself to the great nothingness.”
Whatever. Anyway, you can pre-order the album from this location!
5. Laid Down
Brandon Lemley: vocals
Byron Lemley: guitar, vocals
Roger Leblanc: guitar, vocals
Rhys Friesen: bass, vocals
David Horrocks: drums, vocals
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