MESSIER 16 – release firt single from upcoming album
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MESSIER 16 releases new track Death Poem I: Patience’s Callous Virtue
The track describes a tragic story about a WW1 soldier, who undergoes an enormous mental collapse from both horrendous leadership and through the cruel cold of winter. In a freezing forest, this soldier finds solace in the thoughts of his life after the war, thoughts that would prove themselves to be a veil of a gruesome reality. Yet another useless charge, bullets strafing closeby, frost gnawing and gnashing at the bone. Lastly, a choice between an immediate death, or to wither away in the barren cold. Whimpers become fear, fear turns to panic, then to numb apathy – and it is in the apathy that the world falls under for the soldier. The soldier goes hiding, and freezes to death on the taiga floor.
This story is dramatised over a longing intro, that in a nearly linear development charges towards desperation and miserable regret, where the vocals tell the story and the music emits its colours.
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Jonas Ulrik Eide comments:
This is the opening track on the album, and chronologically speaking this is the portrait that laid the foundations for the album. I wrote this song first, and wanted to find similar stories like it. Patience left diaries and writings with weighty and dark stories about betrayal and anxiety, and unfortunately suffered a dark fate in their young life. Not everyone is granted equally strong support systems, and one could ask which part of humanity actually let this soldier down – foe or not.
The track is taken from the upcoming album, Death Poems, with a release on November 17th, 2023.
About the album:
Oslo-based group Messier 16 is now ready with their second album, a musical tetraptych of atmosphere, tristesse and aggression. Their work titled Death Poems tells the stories of 4 individuals, and their tragic journeys as described by their own suicide letters. Hollow. Patience. Barefoot. Unknown. Four pseudonyms.
The album is titled Death Poems and further develops their aggressive and melancholic blend in extreme metal. The tracks portray 4 individuals as a homage to their strengths, honesty, desperation and despair – in which the band found its inspiration.
The songs are written to fit the characters and storytelling of each individual, following the lyrics closely, with songs carrying everything from lush and empathic orchestral parts over beautiful chord progressions, to train-like rhythmical cacophony and chaos, and all the way to despondency and utter desperation in intense blast beats and dissonant riffs.
These portrayals are then in turn followed each by their respective Rest. A short illustrated reflection of their deaths, a moment’s contemplation over their own passing, a frame. The album has an almost linear increase in intensity and is meant to be heard in one sitting – as a tetraptych – four images on a wall.
ABOUT MESSIER 16
Messier 16 is an Oslo-based band in the realm of atmospheric and progressive black metal. The band was formed in 2017 by Jonas Ulrik Eide, and after years of writing, they released their debut album iota in 2021. Messier 16 is ready with their second album, Death Poems, with a release on November 17th, 2023.
Jonas Ulrik Eide – Guitars & Writing
Sondre M. Svalastog – Vocals
Laszlo Juhos – Drums
Aleksander Ilievski – Guitars
Nicoló Cavallaro – Bass