Release Date: October 8, 2021
Illusory Walls is by far the most technically proficient and hardest hitting music released by the band. You can hear cynicism grown from the dystopian period that we’re all navigating. Queen Sophie For President opens up on a bass line that seems inspired by The Cure. This song is more attune to what fans will recognize from past albums. Not as heavy and more pop-inspired. Invading the World of the Guilty as a Spirit of Vengeance features a ripping guitar lead, punchy synth, and drums that just don’t give up. The song ends with casket dimensions over growling guitars. The seven-minute behemoth Died in the Prison of the Holy Office follows suit, oscillating between flowing verses and a pulverizing chorus. At the tail end of 20-minute closer Fewer Afraid, guest vocalist Sarah Cowell sums up the album’s driving forces: “I think the world’s fucked up and brutal. Senseless violence with no guiding light. I can’t live like this, but I’m not ready to die.” It’s dirty, dark, angry, conflicted, anxious, mournful, and still somehow resilient.
Listen to: 2, 3, 6, & 11