Powerless Comments On New Album "Towards The Oblivion"
Croatian act Powerless will be releasing a second full-length album titled "Towards the Oblivion," which follows previous album "Battle Hymns." The track listing for the concept album is as follows:
1. Land of the Rising Sun
2. Stranger in the Foreign Land
3. Such Beauty Hidden Behind Sorrow
5. New Way of Life
7. Somewhere Between Nowhere and Goodbye
8. They Have Numbers, We Have Strength
10. Land of the Dying Sun
Powerless commented on the album:
"With 'Towards the Oblivion,' the band is taking different approach, creating more ambient and epic sound accompanied with various east Asian instruments and strong riffs further distinguishing band from folk metal.
"This time we are traveling to Japan, second half of 19th century. A foreigner is caught in the middle of Boshin War (War of the Year of the Yang Earth Dragon). The war found its origins in dissatisfaction among many nobles and young samurai with the shogunate's handling of foreigners following the opening of Japan during the prior decade.
"Main character Isaac Medwin is traveler, writer of many well known books about culture of rather unknown countries. This time he decides to travel to Japan so he may write, what he believes to be, his next great travel book but falls very ill on his journey. Accidentally taken care of by a man that shows him his home and gratitude, despite conflict with his fellow companions, he realizes that he was brought in the middle of old Japanese order - samurais.
"Facing constant glances and hatred of those men, not knowing the language, he decides to risk everything and write a book about them. As he began to feel better, he started talking with kind man that showed him grace at the beginning, only to realize that he one day went to war and never came back. He is left alone with people that don't trust him, with his grieving wife and a way of life he feared, but started to honor and admire."
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