AMENRA are set to drop their new album 'De Doorn' on June 25 via Relapse Records, and they have shared another taste of what is set to be a truly special album.
The track is called 'Voor Immer' and is a near 13-minute epic of two different sonic halves that make one incredible whole.
One side beautifully delicate and the other euphorically gut-wrenching, it is an intense and emotionally intoxicating slab of music that feels as otherworldly as it does vividly human.
Vocalist Colin H. van Eeckhout has beautifully explained the meaning behind the track.
“What you lose in the fire, you will find in the ashes”
"Voor Immer” (“For Ever”) was one of the first songs we have written for De Doorn. We played it for the very first time in 2018 on the city square of Dixmude, West Flanders Belgium. Accompanied by the carillon, its bells a typical instrument from Belgium and the low countries, we connected the earth with the sky. It was initially written for a commemoration ceremony of the ending of the first world war.
Images of widows and mothers bereft of their sons. Destroyed cities and whom was left to die. Finding strength and courage to rebuild what once was there, without what was theirs.
The last time we played it live was in Menen, West Flanders Belgium end 2019. That night we gathered and burnt all our unacknowledged loss. Revealing by fire the 20feet high bronze AMENRA statue glowing red, a symbol of hope.
This is a song about finding that hope, the strength to carry on. Its content ever present in the world today.
"to fall and to rise
under merciless skies
light and grace
lines marring a mothers face
wounds inflicted by love
scarring our skin
here and above
our home. blemish on the land
cuts fading to the softest trace
outstretched. a beggars hand
one last poem
and letters unread
it ends here. and weighs us
down like lead
I stumble I fall
my eyes to the ground
one last sigh
a silent sound"
You can watch those very ambers float into the sky in the video for the track, which you'll find below: