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Miles Before I Sleep is a blend of Skepticism/Shape of Despair style Funeral Doom, heavy with keyboards and atmosphere, and with Moonsorrow/Arkona style Epic Pagan Metal influences.
The album is a concept album, says Elksworth, the front man of Great Cold Emptiness. It’s about a boy who belongs to a tribe, and his transition from boy to man. I chose a total of 4 tracks to exemplify the journey. Act One is the boy walking in the woods of his homeland, accompanied with native instruments and orchestration. He begins to contemplate where he is going, both physically and spiritually, as he is journeying to the ritual of his coming of age ceremony. Act Two is when he arrives at the ritual, exhausted, but eager, and meets the shaman, of who then commences the ceremony. While the shaman calls upon the gods of old, he begins to talk to Baldr, the White God, for guidance. Thus the title, Mourning the Death of Baldr. Musically, for the first 5 – 10 minutes, it is slow, funereal, ethnic, and tribal. The boy then goes to the spirit realm where he meets the dying god, Baldr. He begins to watch his future unravel in front of him; battle after battle, the young man becomes a general, and slaughters the enemies of his tribe. The sound is very triumphant, epic, and loud. Towards the end of the song, the boy sees Baldr bleeding not unlike a mortal. The next song, Act Three, tells of his struggle and desperation (hence the title) to save Baldr. Act Four then follows suit, as he returns to Earth, and transitions to a man. The shaman tells of Baldr’s death, and thus, the newly crowned tribesman is given a sword named Ukkonsenjalaman, or God of Thunder. He must then go and find the cause of Baldr’s death. The sound is very ominous now, and thus, the first battle against the enemy tribe 1 begins. The sound is now angry, and vengeful, as he is slashing at his foes. His journey continues and soon, he sees over a cliff, a massive army, being controlled by the God of Death, Akki, and thus, the sound becomes triumphant as he makes his way to the castle. Soon thereafter, he is shot at with an arrow, and instantly the tempo changes until his reach to the top of the tower. Then, he beheads Akki, and Baldr then recovers from the curse Akki had placed on him. The music at this point is very epic, orchestral, and triumphant. The song ends with an acoustic passage about his journey to the tribe. The album ends.