Read other entries in this series. Dailor heart-crushingly blames himself for failing his sister, for failing to protect her from death; and finally Skye perhaps hints as to the reason that she took her life, suggesting that she felt she was a failure to those around her. Being their fourth album, Crack the Skye continued this theme and took on the element of aether, which explains the prevalence of space, spirits and souls throughout the record. A wormhole is a place which man has never travelled to before, and a similar argument can be mounted for heaven itself. The second verse does little to ease the mood: Such pained words make it difficult to think of anything other than Dailor, and just how hopeless and alone he must have felt all those years ago. Here, our protagonist is already venturing into the realms of astral travel and, much like Icarus of Greek mythology, he flies too close to the sun, burning away the golden umbilical cord which connected his spirit with his physical body.
I can see the pain It's written all over your face The screaming arrows tear through my soul In the dawn your face is haunting, white ghostly dreams Weight of worlds is on your shoulders Hear the voice of gold I can see the pain It's written all over your face Desperate heathens flock to sirens Guard your heartache well Mama, don't let them take her Don't let them take her down Please tell Lucifer he can't have this one Her spirit's too strong. At surface level, the lyrics can be interpreted as describing the personal journeys and issues that come with being in a touring band; however, there are also two specific incidents which tied in with the concept and drove its thematic nature. The incident, of which no further details have been publicly revealed, took months of depressive rehabilitation to recover from. Even then, it is said when his dead body was discovered, his arms had freed themselves from his bonds and he had tried to scratch his way out of the ice surrounding him. Yet, there is more to it than just this fantastical narrative. Incredulously he was still alive, and his murderers then bound him, rolled him up in a carpet and threw him into a frozen river. Myths abound that he dabbled in black magic, whilst urban legends around his death claim that he survived eating eight heavily poisoned cakes before he was shot three times by assassins.
The progressive nature of the album shines through within the first minute, the intro making way for a progressive verse featuring spacey, almost robotic lead vocals from Brann. Like most excellent lyrics, the words here are suitably ambiguous, getting straight into the story whilst also hinting at numerous metaphorical interpretations. We hope to see you there! Perhaps most importantly, the lyrical themes of the album closely follow the emotional journey of drummer Brann Dailor, whose sister Skye hence the album name committed suicide at the age of 14. . Broadly speaking, the record follows the story of a young paraplegic who experiments with astral travel, an out-of-body experience where an astral body can separate itself, and travel away from, the physical body. Thus a part of him burned away as he was forced to fly beyond the sun sooner than most, the brightness and luster of life fading around him. Musically speaking, this was the first release after guitarist and primary songwriter Brent Hinds was left hospitalised and near-dead following a post-awards show physical altercation.
The alternative perspective is to see Skye take the role of the speaker, as she passed away before it was time, her soul severing any connection to her physical body as she rose into a spiritual realm. The guitar work during this passage brings a melancholic edge to the track, suiting the overall atmosphere with a tone similar to the opening riffs. The eyes of our protagonist s fade as they come to terms with their respective losses. Our soul has left behind his physical body and, indeed, his world, lost and trapped in outer space. .
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