THE MOURNING Showing Both Soul and Prog Muscles With Their Brand New Single "He Cries"

The human design is strange in a very specific way: It is based on psychological archetypes that seem to fit together like a lock and key. Unfortunately, however, this coding results in a paralyzing standstill: Some permanently radiate their emotional status, others permanently absorb such streams and reflect them as new parts of themselves. From this we have created the idea of a superperson: What if someone could not only take on our emotional distress, but also remove it from us in the process? Someone who not only cries with the mourners, but for them, as an emotional proxy, so to speak?

The idea persisted and still causes millions of people around the world to implore a divine power in the face of suffering and grievance, instead of taking matters into their own hands or persistently tackling those who are at the helm.

With He Cries, a rather melancholic song from the upcoming album Hush that flows into the ear like a black river, The Mourning turn their attention to precisely this seemingly universal human quirk. The prog metallers around the singing philosopher Johnny Ray and his constant duet partner Eliana Blanchard achieve something that one would not initially expect from hard prog: Set in motion by the soulful intro of keyboardist Alex Nasla (ex Witherfall), the band opens the window to a soundscape in which the world's cries of despair are forming mountains – in an acoustic beauty and harmony that is otherwise more likely to be created by combined chants of prayer, which the song is also faintly reminiscent of. And thus one thing quickly becomes clear: The Mourning are not questioning faith itself. They merely advocate that man-made problems should also be solved by us, not God.

It's songs like this that can greatly empower us by bringing back to mind that we, too, possess the power of creation.

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