THE EMBER, THE ASH has today released Becoming the Eidolon, the third single to be taken from their upcoming album, Fixation. Accompanying the track, THE EMBER, THE ASH has also shared a bludgeoning lyric video – continuing the album’s highly stylized visual aesthetic. Born as a solo project from a musical polymath known only as 鬼, THE EMBER, THE ASH straddles the gulf between textured metalcore and symphonic black metal – whilst offering recognisable glimpses into emotional turmoil.
Speaking on the single release, 鬼 comments: “Becoming the Eidolon is among the heavier tracks on the record, packed with riffs, breakdowns, and a huge atmosphere. Lyrically, it follows the journey of a lost soul roaming a landscape in which they do not belong. This being has memories of experiencing the blissfulness of death and the solace they felt in that state, but feels nothing but torment on this current plane of existence. Was it all a dream?”
Distinct from their work as Unreqvited, Fixation follows on from THE EMBER, THE ASH’s 2019 highly acclaimed release, Consciousness Torn From The Void. Fixation is a unique blend of ice cold precision and a swirl of enveloping audio textures. The seven tracks that make up the album were written in 2019/20 before being entirely self-recorded and mixed in their home studio; mastering was handled by Nekkomix.
With a theme that picks through the debris of mental illness, 鬼 drew upon their own experiences of witnessing a loved one suffer through a traumatic episode. Exploring their own reaction to the fraught timeline of events, 鬼 channels their emotional response into the lyrics and music that make up Fixation. Suicidal ideation and spiraling thought patterns loom large over the album that is steeped in sombre atmosphere throughout. The distress of both witnessing and harboring such dark thoughts are at the core of the record’s aggressive sound as well as its lyrical content.
Fixation will be released via Prosthetic Records on May 14.
Watch the lyric videos for the previously released singles here:
3. Becoming the Eidolon
4. The Colossal Void
5. Celestial Fracture
6. A Growing Emptiness
7. Conciousness Torn from the Void