TRACK-BY-TRACK: 36 Crazyfists – Lanterns

Just a few years ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Alaskan metalcore collective 36 Crazyfists were slowly slipping away; the few years that followed the release of 2010’s ‘Collisions And Castaways’ were vague and uncertain, but, come 2015 with the release of ‘Time And Trauma’, and their first effort with their latest addition to the line-up in the form of drummer Kyle Baltus, they proved with bold defiance that they were far from down and out.

Come the tail-end of last month, the band dropped its follow-up in ‘Lanterns’, a record that definitely carries a message throughout is 12-track runtime that always returns to its encompassing title. With personal hardships having an unavoidable influence on their work, frontman Brock Lindow‘s tribulations saw his life plummet into darkness, after he divorced from his wife of 13 years – the woman he married around the release of the band’s 2004 breakthrough effort, ‘A Snow Capped Romance’.

Lindow began working on fishing boats when he first started to turn this turbulent time in his life into lyrical ideas; surrendering himself to the process and embracing its healing potential whilst out at sea.

As an overall and encompassing idea, and returning to the fact that the record’s title very much revolves around the project as a whole, Lindow explains, “‘Lanterns’ represents the light we all seek, these songs are all about struggling to locate it and trying to find the way to move forward and get past what has mentally hampered you in your life. Everyone deals with depression on some level. It’s a matter of how you’re going to get out of it, put one foot in front of the other, get up, and live in this dark spot. That encompasses the umbrella of the album. I can say I’m much stronger mentally than I was two years ago when we started this.”

Without wanting to go into too much depth about each of the tracks on the record, and instead allowing personal interpretation to play more of an active role throughout ‘Lanterns’, Lindow has shared with us quotes from novels, literary works, and public figures and speakers that strongly influenced each of the respective tracks across the album.

01.) DEATH EATER
“And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
– J.K. Rowling

02.) WARS TO WALK AWAY FROM
“Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

03.) BETTER TO BURN
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”
– Winston Churchill

04.) DAMAGED UNDER SUN
“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”
– Via

05.) SEA AND SMOKE
“Calm seas never made a skilled sailor.”
– Vincent Cousteau

06.) WHERE REVENGE ENDS
“Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.”
– Hunter S. Thompson

07.) SLEEPSICK
“Such silence has an actual sound, the sound of disappearance.”
– Suzanne Finnamore

08.) BANDAGE FOR PROMISE
“Only in the shattering can the rebuilding occur.”
– Barbara Marciniak

09.) LAYING HANDS
“If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you still have a soul left to lose.”
– Charles Bukowski

10.) BELOW THE GRAVES
“Survival, my only hope. Success, my only revenge.”
– Patricia Cornwall

11.) OLD GOLD
“In the dark, stay true.”
– Harold B. Lee

12.) DARK CORNERS
“We are made of all those who have built and broke us.”
– Atticus

‘Lanterns’ is available now through Spinefarm Records, and you can order it online via the band’s official webstore (here), MerchNow (here), iTunes (here), Amazon (here), and Google Play (here).

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