Symphonic metal quintet Osyron opened up a chapter in the history book about their home country Canada’s heritage and identity with the release of the impressive Ignite from the upcoming Foundations (out July 10). With the album’s second single “The Ones Below”, the band opens up another, even more personal chapter, this time of every one’s very own personal life.
The record’s blend of heaviness, soul and deep atmosphere fits the band’s aspiration to delve into sensitive topics of Canadian culture, and while Foundations as a whole tells “the story of those who have been ignored for too long” – from Canadian troops in WW1 to the assimilation of the First Nations – “The Ones Below” builds a thematic bridge into everyone’s horizon of experience. Seeming to stick out among the other songs of the album at first, the new single takes up the most intimate topic in Osyron’s narrative universe – dealing with loss and pain in order to find hope, something everyone can (sadly) relate to at least once in their lives. The song mixes calm, strong and thoughtful passages with a catchy and cheerful chorus. It’s celebrating the good times, honouring the ones that left us with a cheerful toast, and a plea to “Carry it on as they would carry it on for us”, as it says in the lyrics.
The band underlines:
A stand out, stand alone song lyrically from the theme of the album, “The Ones Below” pays tribute to the loss of a loved one or friend who has left our world. Paying homage to the good times and not dwelling on the bad. An upbeat song of hope that is inspired by the clinking of frosty mugs with a gentle touch down on the table soon to follow. A salute to the ones below.
“The Ones Below” is available now for purchase and streaming on all digital platforms. Pre-sale for Foundations starts today. The album is out July 10, 2020 via SAOL/The Orchard.