Swallow the Sun have reached the emotional rock bottom of their funeral doom sound with “Lumina Aurea.” Yes, they surely have.
Although the Finns will return on January 25 the much-anticipated When the Shadow is Forced Into the Light, the follow-up to their monster Songs from the North, they have struck a painful nerve with the stand-alone single that is beautifully morbid. “Lumina Aurea,” clocking in at 14-minutes, is suffocating in nature, an anxiety-driven pastoral dirge that forces the listener into bleak self-reflection.
Juha Raivio writes of the track:
“Lumina Aurea” is a song I would never want to write in my life. It is an open, bleeding black wound from the last two and half years of my life. But I had to write it out. I could not back down from it. The way I wrote and recorded “Lumina Aurea” was so rough emotionally and physically that I think I will never talk about it public. I know this road will go on forever as a part of me, but I have also made a peace with it-that I will never have peace with it. And that the life and the journey here must still go on for a while for those of us remaining. I knew that if I would go any deeper on that road with the album as I did with “Lumina Aurea,” the path would not end well. So, I quickly realized that instead I will write an album that will manifest loud and clear that after all, “Love is always stronger than death.” I wanted to find that angle for When A Shadow Is Forced into the Light. This album is like a weapon for myself. A burning light, a burning torch. Victorious and proud.
Swallow the Sun have now released the music video for “Lumina Aurea.” Watch it below, and buy the 12″ EP here.