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Napalm Death’s Shane Embury Releases New Music From Dark Electronic Project Dark Sky Burial

  • Axl Rosenberg

Dark Sky Burial, one of the FOURTEEN active projects currently listed on Shane Embury’s Metal Archives page, will releases its fourth album, Omnis Cum In Tenebris Praesertim Vita Laboret, on December 10 via the Napalm Death bassist’s own Extrinsic Recordings label. According to a press release, it’s “the final part of a quadrilogy of albums that started with the digital release of De Omnibus Dubitandum Est in April of 2020 while the second Quod me Nutrit me Destruit followed in February 2021 with the 3rd album dropping as a surprise release on 6th August.”

The title is Latin for Life is One Long Struggle in the Dark, so I assume it’s an upbeat record.

So what sets Dark Sky Burial apart from Embury’s other projects? It’s dark electronica, that’s what. The first single from Cum In My Tenebris, “Mind Rat,” sounds like the score to a Saw-esque torture porn movie. The accompanying video is appropriately creepy, with a similar vibe to the E. Elias Merhige film Begotten; it’s all scratchy black and white footage of various unsettling images.

Sez Embury of the track:

“’Mind Rat’ is one of the more uplifting and hard hitting tracks from the new album but it’s still lined with disturbing Coil inspired loops to intensify the fear. During the pandemic last year I would be alone during weekends at my studio  creating music – one night i could not sleep and this track was the result. The mind rat is the restless side to my unconsciousness – both savior and saboteur.”

Speaking of the album in general, Embury adds:

“It feels to me like destiny has a hand with almost everything I do nowadays. Life can be dark for everyone and to say the last few years has not been challenging is possibly an understarement but we all have our own personal journeys and quests we must go through.I suppose this quadrilogy is an audio diary of the past few years for me –  my father passing away, broken friendships and cutting away that which demands too much of your energy and trying to refocus that energy towards those who truly matter.

“I have felt on the edge of insanity at times over these past 2 years. It’s been like an episode of the 1960’s show The Prisoner.”

Embury concludes:

 “With this fourth album I have tried to bring more drama and suspense into the tracks . For the last track ‘The Heart Warrior’ I wanted to have a triumphant edge to it to create the feeling of bitter sweetness as inside I feel i have so much further to go as a person emotionally. It could be that my feelings and Dark Sky Burial’s music are inexplicably synchronized.”

Check out the “Mind Rat” video below.

Pre-order Omnis Cum In Tenebris Praesertim Vita Laboret here.

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