Introspection and funeral doom is a natural creative pairing and with the premiere of Un‘s latest track “Sentiment” from their upcoming sophomore album of the same name, the band continues to display a natural aptitude for combining the two to create enormous-sounding, meaningful music.
Singer and guitarist Monte McCleery explains the song’s lyrical inspiration comes from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s quote “What have we in common with the rosebud, which trembles because a drop of dew is lying upon it?”
This phrase seems to highlight the very delicate, poetic nature of human existence and ultimately inspired the aesthetic for the entire album. The song also pays homage to a few of my other favorite poets, such as Ashton Clark Smith and Edgar Allan Poe, who I suspect also struggled with finding their place within this very conflicted world.
Poetic and heart-wrenching, the track meanders at a painstaking pace while McCleery growls such pensive sentiments as “And what of the moon/ which beckons ebon tides/To stir stone hearts / In lonely waves of gray?” More romantic literature than bone-headed heavy metal, the track invites listeners to pause and reflect while washed over with colossal tones.
Listen to the 12-minute tearjerker below.