The third single “Pierce the Sky (Conflict)” from Day of Departure’s upcoming proggy narrative is fast and intense, mirroring the part of the story that tells of war and brutality. When setting out to create this album, the band wanted to create their own soundtrack to a storyline that would ring familiar to fans of the sci-fi and apocalyptic genres, but with their own unique twist on the theme.
According to the band, “Pierce the Sky (Conflict)” tells of the last remnants of humanity deciding they must do all they can to fight back in order to survive. The song is a driving force throughout and meant to provide a sense that the tides may be turning, only to be crushed in the end.
Band explains further:
“This song is all-out-war! It’s a battle for civilization and the pace and drive of the song hardly let up. We wanted to elicit an unrelenting attack on the senses, as it relates to the carnage that is occurring within the narrative. We also wanted to tease the listener into thinking that there was a hopeful end to the track, but then ultimately crush all of those expectations with the finale.”
Taking inspiration from sci-fi and comic books, guitarist/keyboardist Matt Kozar initiated the writing for most of the songs, but the entire album is a collaboration from all of the individuals noted as playing and assisting in the development of the album. The music and lyrics are intimately interwoven throughout the album, the music provides the backdrop to the lyrics, while the lyrics set the tone for the tone and vibe of the song that best represents the portion of the story that is being presented.
The members of Day of Departure are fans of, and most heavily influenced for this album, by the doom and post-rock/post-metal genres. They also cannot escape their progressive metal influences and you will hear that seep out throughout the album. This upcoming album is suitable for fans of Hammock, God is an Astronaut, and If These Trees Could Talk.
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