Song: “A Solitary Reign”
Album: Mass VI
Release Date: October 20th, 2017
Label: Neurot Recordings
Colin H. Van Eeckhout:
“‘A Solitary Reign’ needed to portray the universal nature of our music and message. The abstraction of man and woman to separate deities. The return to its animal-esque essence and cravings. It is an Ode to the Mother. Made by a Mother. A procession to celebrate its beauty.
The song was written to honor the passing of our drummer, Bjorn Lebon’s mother. Before writing and recording we knew we wanted to honor our mothers on the next album. We wanted to get each one of them in the studio to interview them, ask them about life, love, motherhood, their sons, getting older, death and pain, so we could possibly take some of these words with us, into the next album. We ran out of time, and the only one we were able to interview was, Paulette. Bjorn’s mom. She talked about him, about almost losing him, about life’s joy and pain. It was a beautiful moment for all of us. We stowed our plans for later, and little did we know that a month later she got diagnosed with cancer. The strong woman died a few months later. Partially written, the song had a prophetic nature. It is the song that brought us together, in that moment, that phone call. We knew time had come to come together, and write that album, that became Mass VI.
The video was made by Tine Guns, the mother of our guitar player Mathieu Vandekerckhove’s son, Wolf. She is an amazing photographer, director and video artist. She knows Amenra better than anyone, and was able to capture all the emotion and weight of the moment in moving image. I am proud to say that all the people responsible for this movie are my close friends, and I could not have wished for better companions to accomplish this hard task.”