September 10, 2008

Dance With Divinity

Posted in Albums, Dance With Divinity tagged , at 2:33 pm by Matt

The fourth Potmos Hetoimos full-length reverted back to the focused, original, progressive, guitar-driven attitude of “The Millstone”. In similar fashion, DWD was conceived and contemplated through the summer (of 2007), and recorded in exactly one month between August 11th and September 11th. It was released for download on September 12, 2007, the one-year anniversary of “The Millstone” and the two-year anniversary of Reneé’s death. (This solidified the pattern, and caused me to resolve to release another album on 9/12/2008.) The major difference between this album and previous albums was that my desire was to have this album be exactly one song.

One two-hour-and-thirteen-minute song.

Some called me crazy. I didn’t care. At the time I was being inspired to write DWD, I was heavily influenced by epic doom bands – like Monolithe, whose albums are all one long song (theirs are only about 50 minutes though). I wanted to do something that had never been done, and I did it. Because of the formidable nature of a two-hour song, though, I later caved to popular demand (?) and split the album into sixteen songs. The lyrics are presented here for the split version.

I wanted to do another epic, controversial original storyline like “The Millstone”. The album is split into four movements, like a symphony, and this is reflected in both the music and the lyrics. In Movement I, The Aroma of Carrion, we are introduced to an unnamed husband and wife who are experiencing bitterness and division because the wife has recently become a Christian, while the husband disparages and despises religion. Her faith drives a wedge between them that threatens to end their love. The husband still very much loves his wife, and is sorrowful to see her make such a “poor choice”; he decides the only way to restore their relationship is to convince her not to be a Christian.  Seeing that logical arguments will not sway her, he settles on a more desperate route, and becomes a serial killer randomly murdering Christians. At the end of Movement I, a stranger who has observed the tension between them approaches the wife while the husband is away. Movement II, The Transfixion of Godhood, explores the psyche of the murderer as he grows more and more infatuated with his power to kill and less and less interested in redeeming his marriage. As such, the music is heavily doom metal, drawing from Monolithe, Asunder, and Ocean. Movement III, The Burden of Blood, finds the husband returning home late one night only to be left by his wife, who has not been swayed from her faith, but has grown fed up with her husband’s increasingly frequent unexplained absences. The husband realizes that he cannot continue his murderous lifestyle if he hopes to recapture his wife’s heart, but…well, you should probably just read the rest of the lyrics yourself. I don’t want to spoil things. The ending is a total contrast to “The Millstone”.

Download or stream the album at: http://www.last.fm/music/Potmos+Hetoimos/Dance+With+Divinity+%28special+edition%29

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