Texas-based dark metal septet DEAD TO A DYING WORLD presents the sole single from their impending double-LP opus, Elegy, nearing release through Profound Lore Records in April. The brooding, sprawling “Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns,” which features a prelude by guest musician Pablo C. Urusson (Sangre de Muerdago), has been premiered through an exclusive at Invisible Oranges, accompanied by an intense interview with the band.
Following up 2015’s ambitious Litany endeavor, Elegy is a foretelling of a post-human world which explores themes of loss, grief, and the dawn of a new ecology through the eyes of a lone wanderer. The last human grieves the end of humanity, reflecting on the temporal insignificance of man and the sixth extinction caused by the Anthropocene – the end of our kind brought about by our own hubris, greed, and desire for power over one another. Elegy marks the third chapter in the trilogy, which explores our relationship to our world by reflecting on our past, present, and impending future.
Produced by Billy Anderson – one of the most riveting productions from the acclaimed producer in recent times – Elegy sees welcoming a small cast of guest musicians. Featuring guest appearances by Thor Harris (ex-Swans, Thor & Friends) on four tracks alone, along with guest vocals by Jarboe (ex-Swans), Dylan Desmond (Bell Witch), and Emil Rapstine (The Angelus), along with contributions from Pablo C. Urusson (Sangre de Muerdago) and Tim Duffield (ex-Sans Soleil), the new contingent of guests helps elevate the narrative of Elegy to a new plateau.
Invisible Oranges is streaming the lone single from Elegy, “Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns,” a detailed examination with several members of the ensemble written by the song’s side. The write-up about the new album includes in part, “DEAD TO A DYING WORLD’s first Profound Lore release is a well-balanced approach to their mixing of metal genres. More propelling tracks alternate with softer interludes, with one breathing life into the next like the changing of the seasons…. Elegy captures the scene of a world without humankind. As the evolution of the natural landscape mournfully plows forward, just one lone sole is left to take in the dawn or a new day.”
Hear DEAD TO A DYING WORLD’s epic “Empty Hands, Hollow Hymns” at Invisible Oranges RIGHT HERE.
Elegy will see release through Profound Lore Records on 2xLP, CD, and all digital platforms on April 19th. Preorders go live tomorrow, April 14th.
DEAD TO A DYING WORLD has been confirmed to perform at this year’s Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle in late May into early June, joining the likes of Bongzilla, Wolfbrigade, Indian, Pig Destroyer, Gadget, Indian, Cirith Ungol, Thou, Spirit Adrift, and many others. The band will soon announce a West Coast tour following the album’s release, with an East Coast to follow this summer.
DEAD TO A DYING WORLD Live:
5/30/2019 Barboza – Seattle, WA @ Northwest Terror Fest [info]
DEAD TO A DYING WORLD was formed in 2010 by a collective of musicians with the purpose of harnessing their collective creative spirit and varied musical backgrounds into a project that sought to captivate impassioned musical and emotional duality. In 2011, the band released their self-titled debut studio album and demonstrated their lofty ambition and tremendous creative spirit that would set the tone for years to come. After the release of Dead To A Dying World, the band would spend the next several years regrouping and immersing themselves in writing the defining opus that became 2015’s Litany. This monolithic album defined a turning-point for the band, the album awarded high praise for best new music from NPR, Spin Magazine, Noisey, and others, sending the band touring across the United States and Europe. In 2016, DEAD TO A DYING WORLD would release their Live At Roadburn album in accolades to the notorious and honorable Roadburn Festival, comprised of material from Litany. After returning home, the band would again search for higher meaning in new sounds and would subsequently record their cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” released conjointly with the band’s reimagined self-titled reissue titled Reprise in 2018. Poised to make their most poignant, diverse, collaborative, and concentrated statement to date, DEAD TO A DYING WORLD proudly presents Elegy.
Elegy sees DEAD TO A DYING WORLD takes their creative spirit to a new apotheosis, resulting in the collective’s most focused and moving opus yet, crafting their vast aural landscape in such flourish, one consisting of seamless, sonic textures guided by the likes of apocalyptic dark metal, doom metal, and epic, cinematic post-rock. With a musical structure that consists of three monolithic central tracks reinforced by three stirring interval segments, Elegy presents a new grandiosity in DEAD TO A DYING WORLD’s auditory palette. One of the key musical components in the album are the melodic surges that thrive throughout its discourse, whether it’s through the more aggressive post-black metal-ish flourishes that counter with the more melancholic yet immense melodic components that truly begin to define the band’s sound. The dual vocal projection of Mike Yeager and Heidi Moore continues to serve as a defining staple while the band also continue to expand their instrumentation, solidified even more through Eva Vonne’s viola which continues to bridge and become a central element in DEAD TO A DYING WORLD’s sound as well as including outer-sound instruments like expanded experimental percussion, hurdy gurdy, Hammond organ/piano, and concert bass.