Senses Fail have announced they will release their sixth studio album this summer. Titled ‘Pull The Thorns From Your Heart’, the record will be released on June 29th via Pure Noise Records. It’s led by a new track ‘The Importance Of The Moment Of Death’.
“This record is the complete documentation of my transformative spiritual experience from the darkness to the light,” says frontman Buddy Nielsen. “It is the completion of a journey I have been on since I started making music when I was 17. I want this record to be more than just words and music but a blueprint for how through contemplative practice you can come to love, grow and blossom out of the muck of life and into the light. It is not intended to motivate in steps or exact teachings but empower. It is above all a personal story of struggle and realization.”
“I wanted the heaviness and anger of the record to not be matched with equal words of despair but words that show growth and change,” he adds. “Most music that represents change and growth is calmer and less abrasive but I wanted to show that friction is what helps spur action. Without the friction, we wouldn’t want to change, we would be content. Out of darkness is ultimately the opposite, the light., but without opposition there would be no urge to change. Half the record represents the darkness and half the record represents the light, or the appearing of light, the flowering of what the experience is.”
The album is broken up into four non sequential acts, named after Buddhist concepts and teachings. The new track ‘The Importance Of The Moment Of Death’ comes from the third act, with the video described as “a personal reflection” of Nielsen’s former self.
“The video while not directly reflecting on the lyrics or the topic of the song, represents the world I had been living in, unsafe, unwelcoming and down right fucked up,” Nielsen explains. “It is a mythic representation of how innocence can be forcefully taken away from us as children, leaving us with too much too soon and without the proper coping skills i.e. me! The clown represents an innocence and in this case a lack of innocence, or the mode by which innocence can be lost. The parents represent the guardians, the creators, the ones who oversee our growth from childhood to adulthood and the children, the curious initiates. The clown is actually the one who initiates the cruel and premature journey that the children take from backyard party, to striking out in retaliatory violence. During the party, the children, left unsupervised and to their own devices end up clearly getting into things they shouldn’t and being given gifts (by the parents) they shouldn’t get. When the clown arrives, he offers them a ritualistic party favor in the form of a piñata. The piñata dates back to the celebratory festivals and offerings of the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli. The ritual is celebrated and instead of their being candy, there is meat and blood. The children eat it up and pass out. They are then transformed from their former ignorant and blissful child states, into a new mode, a new interpretation of their surroundings.”
You can check out the video below.