We spoke to rising Brit melodic death metallers EARTHBOUND about their much-anticipated sophomore EP, Desolate, which lands this Friday. The explosive riff merchants gave us this unique track by track breakdown of the record:
Probably the most aggressive song of the EP, Of Suffering is a fast-paced riff-driven song that we hope will get our crowds moving. Lyrically, it is a lament about terminal illness and the feeling of slowly losing someone you love. Seeing a person you love fade in front of your eyes is something most people will have to experience in their lifetime, and we wanted to write a song that would mirror that feeling of hopelessness and loss.
The duelling vocals of our guitarist Louie, and our vocalist Tom was something that we loved from our first EP Endure, so this is something we wanted to do in a more intense way on Of Suffering.
Solitude and Worlds Apart
Earthbound enjoys writing conceptually; Endure was based in the Victorian Era, and took inspiration from stories and figures from the time. Desolate is based in a dystopian future ruled by machines, which our central chrononaut character finds himself in. Solitude and World’s Apart both tell the story of a couple separated through time and space, both painfully aware of the other ones existence. Solitude provides a melodic, stripped back introduction track which sets the scene for what’s to come. World’s Apart then launches into a galloping journey reminiscent of Iron Maiden, drawing heavily upon power metal to provide a catchy chorus that fans of the band will recognise.
Remnants is a dystopian epic outlining the Earth’s decline to destruction. It tells the story our planet ravaged by human’s carelessness, greed and lust for power. Musically this song embodies our array of influences, shifting from thrash driven riffs to progressive, melodic sections, culminating in a grand final ending. Remnants predicts the apocalypse, so we wanted the song to echo that sonically and it made the perfect dark end to the EP.”
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