Sydney progressive metalcore band Above, Below have today released “Beyond The Mosaic Garden”. I’m not sure what rock I’ve been living under, but I’m pleased to make acquaintance with the quintet courtesy of the fresh release and its music video. “Beyond The Mosaic Garden” follows on from the band’s The Sowers Of Discord EP, released in 2017.
Opening lyrically with the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” and a Shakespearean quote “To sleep, perchance to dream”, you already know this ain’t your typical metalcore. The track features sitar sounds, and an alluring deep and echoing introduction. I’m a fan of the ominous bass foreshadowing before djent flames join in with all layers of sound, creating something otherworldly.
“Beyond the Mosaic Garden” vibes as being complex and dense with wonder, before more fiercely questioning the world we think we know. A driving pace kicks in, creating a determined call to anyone listening, seeking to show the experience of a different perspective of reality. The track moves through questioning and into seeking a separation from old ideas, all while staying drawing and connective. Slowing down and gaining density as it comes to a close, we’re struck with the final assertion to “Stop evaporating”.
Above, Below’s guitarist and lyricist Zac shared more about the new track’s theme, suggesting that accepting the uncertain is the means in which we can get to the truth, as contradictory as that may sound. “By accepting the delusion we may often find that the world we live in is in fact the real delusion and that the truth we seek lies within the very realm we thought to be false.” Visually continuing the theme of contrasts, the music video created by Connor Rancan was filmed in snowy surrounds of a farm in Brindabella, NSW, while also featuring a bonfire.
I dig the track and am keen to see what else Above, Below are capable of! Watch “Beyond the Mosaic Garden” below, and find the band at a gig near you: https://linktr.ee/abvblw