MESSIER 16 – new track out

MESSIER 16 – new track out

Photo: Lodovica di Bernardo

MESSIER 16 releases new track Death Poem III: Barefoot’s Self-Suppression

This song recounts the last days of an older japanese man of the feudal age, who, from a life of poverty and injustice, reflects and chooses to take control over his closing actions. The concept of Death Poems has historically had a deep significance in Japanese culture, and in this story, we find an example of a life lived surrounded by others’ greed and selfishness. A deep grief spun this man’s thread of days, as he could no longer bear witness to the endless bickering of the heartless. Life is simple, yet excruciatingly unjust. Words, let flown each to each, met midways and sliced the void of endless debauchery. He would have nothing of it anymore. As he said: “To be saved from the chasm, why cling to the cliffs? Clouds floating low never know where the breezes will blow them.”

The song advances bombastically and almost in a march-like manner with a somewhat solemn, yet stubborn atmosphere, never relenting. A portrait true to its character; efficient and vivid storytelling from the vocals, and a solid backbone of riffs and grooves.

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Jonas Ulrik Eide comments:

The concept of the Japanese death poems was obviously the inspiration for the title of this album, and the transparency of their reflections around death is fascinating to say the least. This, linked to the more introverted and lonely act of self-annihilation gave rise to a deeper meaning for me. We should talk loudly about the problems that leads people to suicide. And in this song, it is done so openly and without guilt or shame. This is in stark contrast to the other singles, in which the stories are far more bittersweet and complex. I hope the listener finds a similar courage to speak up on the depths of humanity.

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.


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

Messier 16


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