Six years on from the beginning of his journey with And Now The Owls Are Smiling, solo artist Nre has reached the end of this tale. After three full length albums and four EPs of all consuming sadness and beautiful melancholy, the time has come for Nre to present his final gift to us all; one last vial of tears, one last dream of desolation, one last night beneath the stars. So here it is… “Epitaph” …the heartbreaking conclusion to the unravelling of a soul, after which the owls will smile no more.
All of the music released under the banner of And Now The Owls Are Smiling has possessed a weight and depth of emotion that is rare to find in any form of art. This intensity of sorrow, the ability of the songs to connect with the broken parts of all who listened, came from the absolute honesty of expression, the way in which multi instrumentalist and composer Nre knelt and bared his soul before us. Everyone who has loved his music and found solace in his tales of solitude and sadness will be disappointed to hear that “Epitaph” is to be the last album from And Now The Owls Are Smiling; but when they hear it they will understand. This album is the pinnacle of the mournful black metal that Nre has made his own. There is nowhere else for him to go from here, no deeper depths of shadow to fall into, no colder skies to walk beneath. With songs like the liquid despair of “In Darkness, Light Candles So The Demons Can Find Me” and the world weary surrender of “There Is No Laughter Here” Nre has left us with loss to last a lifetime.
Nre’s longstanding supporters at Clobber Records will unveil this final offering from And Now The Owls are smiling on September 2nd and “Epitaph” will be cherished for as long as hearts break. This is a remarkable testament to a remarkable talent. There will not be another album like “Epitaph” or another musical entity like And Now The Owls Are Smiling.