Profound Lore Records welcomes Texas based elemental dark metal ensemble DEAD TO A DYING WORLD to the label’s roster. The band has completed their long awaited new epoch, Elegy, for release April 19th. The band is confirmed to perform at this year’s Northwest Terror Fest and is booking new tour dates to follow.
Following up 2015’s ambitious Litany endeavor, Elegy sees the septet take their creative spirit to a new apotheosis resulting in the collective’s most focused and moving opus yet. With Elegy, DEAD TO A DYING WORLD crafts 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 audial palette. One of the key musical components in the album are the monolithic 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.
Elegy, a foretelling of a post-human world, 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.
Once again produced by Billy Anderson—one of the acclaimed producer’s most riveting productions he’s done in recent times—Elegy once again sees the band 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.