Massive Forces Are At Play In Alkaloid’s ‘Numen’

[Cover photo credit to Christian Martin Weiss]

Bavarian Progressive Metal band Alkaloid have crafted a multi-part saga about “a galactic civilization that ascends to god-like levels of domination.” They have recently released the latest chapter in the Dyson Saga, the single “Numen”. The new track tells the tale of a supermassive black hole that produces an “unheard-of cosmic artifact” that gives both the song, and their new album, its name.

Galactic leader Morian shares from Alkaloid’s space station via interstellar transmission:

We proudly present the title track of our new album, and the first of three new chapters in the ongoing Dyson saga up the Kardashev Scale. Through the mindbogglingly complex manipulation of mass, electromagnetism and the structure of spacetime itself over countless aeons, “Numen” transforms into an acceleration hub for sentinel worldlets sent toward other galaxies.

Musically, I mangled materials inspired by Rainbow and Pink Floyd, as well as Meshuggah into a polyrhythmic context, while still staying true to the sound of our Dyson world. The subtle but continuous disturbance of the main 12/16 groove by a stubborn 7/16 layer is a hint at the massive forces at play in the story.

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