Irish dark metal band Darkest Era share a music video for the second single »Tithonus« taken from their upcoming album, »Wither On The Vine«, out on September 30th, 2022 via Candlelight Records.
01. One Thousand Years of Night
03. A Path Made of Roots
05. The Collapse
06. With Tragedy In Our Blood
07. The Ashen Plague
08. Wither On The Vine
Courtesy of Freeman Promotions:
Irish dark metallers Darkest Era have released their contemplative new single »Tithonus«, inspired by a poem of the same name by Tennyson.
The track appears on their new album, »Wither On The Vine«, out September 30 via Candlelight Records. Pre-order it here.
Guitarist Ade Mulgrew comments, “The lyrics are adapted from the 1859 Tennyson poem of the same name. Based on Greek mythology, it depicts a man who is granted eternal life yet not eternal youth. Cursed to age endlessly while his lover Eos, Goddess of the Dawn, retains youth everlasting. He begins to envy the natural cycle of the living world and the mortality of men. My interpretation is simple; to harvest as much richness of meaning from every moment as possible.”
Filmed inside an old industrial brass factory in Belfast, Ireland, director Anaïs Mulgrew explains the video, “The music of »Tithonus« gave me the vision of an angel in torn drapes, desperately dancing to feel his lifeforce as it inexorably fades away. And so it tells the story before Floodlands, on how a life-loving being becomes the ashes in the Mourner’s hands.”
Photo by Deborah Ellis
Eight years have passed since Darkest Era’s last album, 2014’s »Severance«. In that time, the Northern Irish-centred band have undergone personal and personnel changes, while the world itself has entered its own new dark era. Now, they return with their third album, »Wither On The Vine«.
Recorded at Wales’ legendary Foel Studios with producer Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial, Winterfylleth, Witchsorrow), it finds the band exploring their shadowy take on the traditional heavy metal sounds of Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy, while incorporating elements of doom, black metal, blackgaze, and anything else that casts a musical shadow. Expanding their horizons as to where their sound could go on »Wither On The Vine«, guitarist Mulgrew says it could best be described as simply “dark metal.”
He adds, “The album presents a bleak reflection of the world as it stands today; politically, socially, environmentally. Among themes of human tragedy and personal introspection, there are also songs touching on pagan spirituality, the Dionysian perspective and even gothic romance. Stylistically the album mixes black metal and doom metal elements with an almost classic rock sense of tone. We hope the album resonates with listeners seeking music with genuine power and emotional weight, pulling them into its dark visions.”
After a long absence, far from withering away, Darkest Era have returned as experts in their craft, and made a definitive dark metal statement.
Darkest Era are:
Krum – Vocals
Ade Mulgrew – Guitar
Sarah Wieghell – Guitar
Daniel O’Toole – Bass
Cameron Åhslund-Glass – Drums