This year has seen or will see some very thrilling metal or metal influenced music that is on the morose side- notably the brilliant new efforts from Bleakheart, Katatonia, Draconian and Oblivion Beach come quickly to mind. One record that I am looking forward to rather gleefully (despite an album theme of the process of grieving) is Beyond The Shores (On Death And Dying) from Italian brooders and master metal craftspeople Shores Of Null.
If you don’t know this band, I highly insist you change that. A blend of doom, melodeath and even some grungy vocal elements at times, I have been in awe of their sophisticated songwriting ever since their imposing yet melodically addictive Quiescence release, watching them stay their course with respect and interest. Their records are true statements of life and intention rather than cheap commerce.
Very cool to see the Metal Insider folks host a premiere of the band’s powerful new section of their up and coming release, the second excerpt overall of a 40 minute single track. Stream it HERE.
The upcoming record will consist of one forty-minute track that will take the listener on a journey through the process of grieving, which is inspired by the five stages of grief formulated by the Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and in her book On Death And Dying.
The refrain about life being at war with us is chilling and reminded me of how Italy really suffered this year. Sending love and respect to all and may the future be brighter. I hope you will all get on board with the latest important work from this moving band and maybe find a way to channel some stress and sorrow into a semblance of coping in the process.
RIYL Woods Of Ypres, Swallow The Sun, Novembers Doom.