Mysterium Tremendum

by Lord Dying

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Noah Rhein
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Noah Rhein Combining the raw depression and progressive chops of Pallbearer with the aggression and narrative elements of fellow Portlandians, Red Fang, this record packs an emotional punch. While dark, it is also uplifting, guiding the listener through existential gloom with knowing compassion. Favorite track: Even the Darkness Went Away.
Drew Thomson
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Drew Thomson Weirdly uplifting despite the depressive subject matter. Weirdly progressive despite the trad roots. Possibly just overall weird. And heavy. Favorite track: Nearing the End of the Curling Worm.
Wez Barber
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Wez Barber A fantastic listen front to back. No filler; all killer! For some reason makes me think of last elder record: both awesome fusions of metal and prog Favorite track: Lacerated Psyche.
Mike
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Mike Celestial alignments bend to the curling worm's will, that most terrible of mysteries is cast open once again and the disparate hounds of metal are tempered into a sonic cerberus. Those eternal emperors life and death have chosen Lord Dying to impart their magic, mastery and madness. Progressive sludge and doom are the brushes by which these mavens paint; savage strokes upon colossal canvases. Irrepressible decibels herald a milestone. The lords have ascended to kingship. Favorite track: Even the Darkness Went Away.
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“We set out to write a record about life, and it ended up being about death,” says Lord Dying guitarist/vocalist Erik Olson about the band’s third studio album Mysterium Tremendum.

While the new record centers around death (and you bet your ass it’s a double-LP concept album), it focuses more on what awaits us on the other side (while also exploring our culture’s fear of dying and the struggles with our mortality). The ideas for the concept have been kicking around for some time, but it’s fitting that they’re only now coming to fruition.

Mysterium Tremendum is the record Olson and Evans have wanted to make since the band’s inception. It’s easily Lord Dying’s most musically diverse album, but one that could only be created following the band’s jackhammer 2013 debut Summon the Faithless, and 2015’s brooding Poisoned Altars. “It’s more along the lines of what we wanted to do early on,” says Evans.

Mysterium Tremendum is an emotionally satisfying record, lyrically and musically. Its exploration of death goes beyond longing for it to see what lies beyond (“Lacerated Psyche” is about the death of Evans’ sister). There are many layers to it—you might even find parallels between the record’s concept and life itself. It’s a journey. And in their quest to pursue death, Lord Dying have themselves found new life.

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released April 26, 2019

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Lord Dying Portland, Oregon

Lord Dying come from Portland, Oregon, a place over abundant with purveyors of the heavy riff. A region where the inhabitants are plagued with nerve and joint damage due to lack of sunlight. In a time where everyone is trying to out-sludge or out-doom each other Lord Dying gives something less than a fuck. Lord Dying are here to pummel and promote simpler things like Cold brew-Hot Shower. ... more

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