Finnish death/doom metallers Swallow the Sun have released “Upon the Water,” the first single from their new album, When a Shadow is Forced Into the Light.
A sense of mourning permeates the track—“Low tide is gone, forever, forever,” vocalist Mikko Kotamäki intones—but it still seethes with intensity, thanks to thundering percussion and melodic, occasionally luminous guitar lines.
The emotional power of “Upon the Water” is just a taste of what the new album has to offer. When a Shadow is Forced Into the Light was directly informed by the passing of Aleah Stanbridge, who was a guest vocalist for Swallow the Sun. She died in 2016 after a battle with cancer.
“Every word and note I wrote, I wrote for Aleah,” the band’s Juha Raivio said in a statement. “And about my own battle since she passed. The album title, When a Shadow is Forced Into the Light, comes from Aleah’s own words… That was exactly what I needed to do. To push myself out from the shadows.”
The album is due out January 25 on Century Media Records. Hear “Upon the Water” here: