Death Gifted a Bouquet is the second LP by Maine based Atmospheric Black/Epic Funeral Doom Metal giants, Great Cold Emptiness
It follows the story of a grieving mother living in solitude in the middle of a large autumn forest and the straining relationship she has with her daughter. Conceptually, it follows the daughter's understanding of living a fatherless life, with the father abandoning his family for worldly pursuits, the mother's descent into self-inflicted violence and alcoholism, and the importance of a man to be the protector of his household. Throughout, the daughter must decide if she wants to follow the same paths as the rest of her family or to forge her own. Themes such as hard work, family unity, corruption of the soul, humility & dignity, enlightenment through suffering and the beauty of frontiers are prevalent here.
Death Gifted a Bouquet is a heartbreaking and truly moving piece that had been inspired by my recent breakup of 3 years with a woman that went down a very dark path I could not follow. Contrasting the album's somber yet bittersweet ending, she ended up giving me extreme disillusionment of my purpose, who I am, what I stand for, and what my future is like. It's a labor of love and anguish I can call my best work thus far. You can expect the synth-laden textural atmospheres I'm known for, but it's a much darker and heavier release both sonically and thematically.
As always, I love you all and thank you for the support. If there's anything to be taken away from this album, it is that there is no greater love than the love shared in one's family. To give oneself for the unity of the whole is the greatest act one can do. Cherish your family, honor your name. Do not let the idle sways of individualistic modernity and hedonistic attempts at happiness deter you from following a simple and wholesome life. Without you, Great Cold Emptiness would have remained a shell of a project, and the ideas conveyed with this project would have been left to rot in the void.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this work as much as I enjoyed writing it,
- Nathan Gabriel Thomas Guerrette dit Latullippe
Recorded in Montreal, Quebec between Autumn 2018 and Spring 2020.
Physical copies available through Avantgarde Music and Flowing Downwards
Album art by Joseph Wright of Derby
releases August 15, 2020
Nathan Guerrette - All Instruments
Meghan Wood - Vocals
Joseph Davidson - Guest solo on "The Little Deer"
Bogdan Makarov (NƎkkomix) - Mixing, mastering
releases August 15, 2020