We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Dirge’s new song “Lost Empyrean” (listen below), the title song taken from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled to be released on December 14, 2018 through Debemur Morti Productions. You can pre-order the album here.
The band commented with a poem:
Lost Empyrean. What once was and will never be again.
Fire then ashes, pyres in cages.
That golden age of sparks, embers, incendiary dreams.
We failed to stop the clock.
And this today is nothing but matter, gravity, fear.
Lost Empyrean, a song of yearning.
A dirge for what once was and shall never be again.
About the band:
After 4 long years in seemingly quiet solitude, Dirge, the conjurers of celestial bodies rooted in cumbersome earth, return with their 7th offering of hymnals to the toil of suffering and perseverance.
Boasting a 2 and ½ year writing process and mixing/mastering credits by Raphael Bovey (Wilhelmina, Schammasch, Zatokrev), “Lost Empyrean” serves as a soundtrack to the dual relationship between the primordial quintessence colliding with the earthly body and the illusory nature of providence upon the somber, meager trappings of existence. With a molten foundation likening early Baroness, Pelican and Isis and the atmospheric permutations of the later, Neurosis and modern Killing Joke, DIRGE forge a sonic landscape that both swells and breathes with lush and delicate passages while brutally pummeling with emotive, heavy riffs.
Lost Empyrean is as dynamic and multi-faceted as it is crushing and furious. Like the crashing of waves, sludgy, doom-laden riffs ebb and flow into calm ambience and sonorous post-metal atmosphere. Dour roars relax into despondent clean vocals and spoken word. With their latest masterpiece, DIRGE weave a tapestry of fluid contradictions. Melodic and dissonant, hopeful and desperate, tranquil and tempestuous, “Lost Empyrean” is not simply a record to be heard, but to be surrendered to.