Amenra: Voor Immer

Amenra release second single and video ahead of their anticipated album, De Doorn, arriving June 25th, 2021 via Relapse Records. Once more, the band assert that their lyricism, their sophistication and heaviness which envelope their creativity, defy descriptions and labels. 

Vocalist Colin H. van Eeckhout comments:
“What you lose in the fire, you will find in the ashes”
"Voor Immer”  (“For Ever”) was one of the first songs we have written for De Doorn. We played it for the very first time in 2018 on the city square of Dixmude, West Flanders Belgium. Accompanied by the carillon, its bells a typical instrument from Belgium and the low countries, we connected the earth with the sky. It was initially written for a commemoration ceremony of the ending of the first world war. 
Images of widows and mothers bereft of their sons. Destroyed cities and whom was left to die. Finding strength and courage to rebuild what once was there, without what was theirs.
The last time we played it live was in Menen, West Flanders Belgium end 2019. That night we gathered and burnt all our unacknowledged loss. Revealing by fire the 20feet high bronze AMENRA statue glowing red, a symbol of hope.
This is a song about finding that hope, the strength to carry on. Its content ever present in the world today. 
"to fall and to rise 
under merciless skies 
light and grace
lines marring a mothers face 
wounds inflicted by love 
scarring our skin
here and above
our home. blemish on the land 
cuts fading to the softest trace 
outstretched. a beggars hand 
one last poem
and letters unread
it ends here. and weighs us 
down like lead
I stumble I fall 
my eyes to the ground
one last sigh
a silent sound"

Voor Immer comes with a very engaging video, all worth experiencing in its almost 13-minute totality.

Photo by Jeroen Mylle

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