To celebrate the coming of the longest night of the year, Finnish doom metal masters Swallow The Sun have released their newest track, Lumina Aurea!
The nearly 14 minute epic, itself being a form of catharsis for guitarist Juha Raivio (also of Trees of Eternity and Hallatar), was filmed in many locations in Northern Finland and Lapland-a fitting soundtrack for the coming winter.
In Raivio’s words, “‘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.” – Juha Raivio.
Lumina Aurea is the first single off Swallow The Sun’s forthcoming album titled,“When A Shadow Is Forced Into The Light”, releasing on January 25, 2019.