Death Gifted a Bouquet

by Great Cold Emptiness

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1.
The Elkmother speaks to me And tells me many things Of those without faith Of the soul searching and the destitute Those left scathing in the scuttles of time Born of the heavens yet made to wander here On this infernal plains of Abraham Sitting alone by the fire, a nymph came to me And spoke of her ancestors with a poisoned tongue Now she rests by the pools of Bacchus Indulged in the ecstasy of wine and erotica Lest she will fall to even darker seductions Only her descendants will know of her descent Fortunes gifted by a mass of writhing tendrils Eyes that gaze beyond the furthest horizons I've been there, a lonesome blind pilgrim And I've traveled for far too long And as I sit 'neath the firmament I can almost see you dancing with all her daughters In these flames that I will soon fall into Where I will see you again
2.
The Breadmaker's Daughter
3.
The Little Deer
4.
The Withering Pyre

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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

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releases August 15, 2020

Nathan Guerrette - All Instruments
Meghan Wood - Vocals
Joseph Davidson - Guest solo on "The Little Deer"

Bogdan Makarov (NƎkkomix) - Mixing, mastering

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Great Cold Emptiness Saint Agatha, Maine

Great Cold Emptiness is an atmospheric black doom band crafted to share the lore of my home in Aroostook County, Maine

GCE believes in the ethos of virtue, the importance of hard work, self-sufficiency and reliance, the unity of the family, honouring one's lineage and never straying too far from home
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