ORYAD release single "Eve" + Album "Sacred & Profane" Coming13.04.2023
Mystic prog metal fans are in for another treat: ORYAD's 2nd single Eve + Album Sacred & Profane on the way!
Fans of ORYAD’s mystic prog metal have desperately waited for the band’s second video single to be released on April 13th – and with the vibrant and yet beautifully diverse song Eve, they shall not be disappointed: Listeners are being sucked right into a mystic world from the get-go.
With a low drone intro, complimented by haunted whispers and dissonant string elements, your ears are being pleased and your mind is immediately yanked off the spiral of stress and drab monotony of everyday life. ORYAD’s epic sound comes in heavy and dark with a line of long hi-gain chord layers. The single’s intro continues to build up before the verse leaves room for band leader Moira’s powerful vocals to unfold.
Surprisingly, the following chorus kicks in with a black metal vibe blast beat, while the vocal hook line climbing on top of it allows the song to open up, entering an even bigger epic level. During the instrumental part later on in the six and a half minutes long piece, more string ensemble segments are added to again raise the dynamic to greater heights before the ultimate break-down with an edgy repetitive guitar riff, while adding more and more elements to finalize this part with a prog drum groove.
Accompanied by a wonderful music video, ORYAD then throw their listeners into a dreamy underworld scenario, describing Eve as follows:
„This song is a monologue wherein Eve speaks back to her original tempter, to stand up for her own personhood rather than take the blame for all of humanity’s weaknesses. The poetry was inspired by Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Sonnet II in Epitaph for the Race of Man. We loved adding heavy doom and black metal touches to this song to give an edge to one of myth’s mothers of mankind."
The bridge ends on a stunning long high soprano c note sung by Moira, which builds a classic emotional and dramatic minor 6th interval to the chord foundation underneath. Starting off with single hits creating excitement and tension, the chorus kicks back in before jumping right into the blast beat section again. And just as we got lured to this door, tempted by atmospheric yet again haunting vibes, a single note guitar picking pattern drifts away into the distance like a brittle, unspoken farewell – or is it?
Each song – Eve included – on ORYAD’s upcoming album Sacred & Profane (release: May 25) speaks for the deep connection with nature and its spirits. The music holds the ability to carry its listeners through a colorful pallet of emotions, a journey which the band describes as follows: „In our society, we have anesthetized so much of the human experience and partitioned off parts of ourselves, claiming that anger, for example, can only be ugly. That grief should be hidden. That it is socially acceptable to only revel in their brighter siblings love, joy, and hope…which only makes those three more cloying and homogenized."
Eve has been recorded by Moira Murphy, Matt Gotlin-Sheehan and Luca Grieman at The Band Cave Studios in Denver, as well as at Toxoplasma Records in East Tennessee. Once again Vikram Shankar did a fantastic job on mixing and mastering this epic mystic song, combining elements from earlier classical romantic and baroque periods with a modern black metal dark prog touch.
Fans are definitely gonna enjoy this artful mystic piece of ear candy. Eve is out now on all platforms; the music video is available on YouTube:
Oryad’s upcoming album Sacred & Profane will be released on May 25, 2023 and can be pre-ordered here: https://orcd.co/oryad