CVLT Nation have premiered a new track from Arizonian post/sludge metal outfit North’s forthcoming EP, Metanoia, which will be released next Tuesday, March 11th. The nearly seven minute “Hiraeth” lurches through passages of desolate, desert-driven post-metal that will leave the listener shaken. Drummer Zachary Hansen had the following to say on the track:
“‘Hiraeth’ is the second song we wrote for this particular release. It came about last Spring. We began writing it as a five-piece, first played it live as a four-piece, and recorded it as a three-piece. This song is the last piece of the transition from The Great Silence era North. It’s such a heavy, emotional song for us. It was dubbed ‘Nunu’ during the writing process, being the second new song we had written in the time frame. Song titles are the last step of the process for us. ‘Hiraeth’ is a Welsh word that has no direct translation in English. It has a general meaning of homesickness, or of a longing for a place that no longer really exists. How apt it feels for this band, a group that has had such highs and lows throughout its history. To look back in regret over wasted time and squandered youth. Melancholic, dark, adventuresome. We occasionally miss our past and the people in it, and yet always look forward to the future.
Pre-orders for the 12″ EP can be purchased here. You can stream the track below as well as check out the band’s forthcoming tour dates.