You can now feast your ears on a brand new Cormorant track—titled “Junta”—over at the apparently very metal-friendly NPR! “Junta” is absolutely fantastic and features some of the band’s best work to date. It’s almost criminal to give us this song three months away from it’s official release date in December. The 9+ minute song explores a variety of different styles including sludge and black metal, but not without its fair share of progressive flair and an overall epic feel.
The song has pretty deep lyrical themes as well, as explained by bassist/vocalist Arthur von Nagel in the interview with NPR:
When I picked “Junta” to premiere, I had no idea at the time that the song was inspired by NPR’s 2009 coverage of the military crackdown on a pro-democracy rally in Guinea — specifically, the sexual violence toward women. It’s a horrific story. What drew you to it?
The story aired on NPR in October 2009, I think. I was driving on 101 at the time, and I actually pulled over to listen to the story. I couldn’t begin to understand the factors that led to those kinds of acts — I couldn’t wrap my head around it. I tried writing the lyrics inspired by the Conakry Massacre for the next year and a half or so after that, but I just couldn’t pull it off. I kept inserting myself into it, trying to figure it out from inside the text, but that was a futile exercise. I came to the conclusion that there was nothing to understand when you’re dealing with mass murders and rapes in broad daylight. Finally, I decided to go with a stark and journalistic interpretation of events, best I could. Take the subjectivity out of it. The horror tells itself. What drew me to the story was that hopelessness.
Be sure to check out the rest of the thought-provoking interview and stream “Junta” over at NPR. Dwellings is due out December 6th. If you dig this song (as you should) perhaps you could spare some money and help fund the album via pre-order and have your name immortalized in the liner notes? HBIH wound up in the liner notes for Last Chance To Reason‘s Level 2 and that felt pretty awesome, so here’s your chance to brag to your friends about how rightfully awesome you are!