By Charlie Maybee
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The D.C.-based post rock/metal band, Day of Departure, have released their debut single “And We Prepare For Our End” – a sprawling epic that explores humanity on the brink of devastation and extreme change. Spanning a longer song structure of 8 minutes, there’s no denying its expansive, cinematic nature which feels like being submerged into a deep underwater trench.
Modulating between more abrasive, noisy verses and extended, echoing guitar breaks, Day of Departure, part of the BraveMusic collective, seem to have located their sound somewhere between the intricate art rock of Tool and the straightforward energy of Lacuna Coil.
Speaking on the inspiration behind its composition, the band notes, “This is an album-long concept that explores the need to retreat from the devastation caused by humankind, and those that have lost faith in our ability to live up to that expectation. It’s a story of destruction, escape, and awakening, with the hope that we are not doomed to repeat the mistakes of our past.”
The accompanying music video leans into these cosmic questions of human nature and belonging with spectral images of galaxies, supernovas, and star-laden horizons all melting and folding into each other.
As they list off all the mistakes humankind has made over the course of their existence, “Polluted the land / Abused the people / We neglect and waste,” they finally note “Our destiny is upon us” as reminder that consequences are inevitable.
“And We Prepare For Our End” can be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, YouTube, Deezer, and Amazon Music.
This track has been added to our Alchemical Weekly YouTube Playlist.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Winchester, Virginia who currently teaches in the Dance Division of the Shenandoah Conservatory. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression. He also currently fronts local hard rock band, The Aftershakes, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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