1476 – “Edgar Allan Poe: A Life Of Hope & Despair”
1. A Circle Of Hope & Despair
2. Extraction Environs
3. Little Love Voice
4. A Circle Is Eternal
5. Illness Environs
6. Death Environs
7. Gutter Death Posture
8. A Circle Of Guilt & Grief
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
– Edgar Allen Poe
1476 is a New England-based project of Neil DeRosa and Robb Kavjian. Self-described as Hermetic Death Rock, they released their first full-length album, “A Wolf’s Age” in early 2010, an ambitious and heavy indie rock release with hints of death rock, post punk, and shoegaze and released more since. The subject matter courses through occult and mythological themes as well as loves and lives lost. I don’t consider 1476 to be a horror-punk band or even gothic as their music has evolved and changes so much that I don’t even bother trying to put a label to their sound. It’s just 1476.
Their newest and upcoming release, “Edgar Allan Poe: A Life Of Hope & Despair” which is released on Oct. 31st is a must for any horror-punk/goth/dark morbid fan. This album, or “soundtrack” is dedicated to non other than the great Edgar Allen Poe. Each track has to do with certain events in Poe’s life and it’s something that makes each track special and you can feel the album progresses along. The album itself is fully instrumental with the with the exception of a spoken portion of, “Deep In Earth” written by Poe in, “Extraction Environs” and some lyrics in, “A Circle Is Eternal”.
Not concentrating on his literary works, the album music aims to explore the melancholic & quaint life, love, and death of Poe and you can feel it as the album goes along. It’s a very melodic, melancholy, and dark. An album which upon receiving has had multiple plays on my iPod and is something that you’ll find hard to put down. That fact that each track has to do with a certain point in Poe’s life is something incredibly special and makes each track that much more powerful. For example my favorite track, “Little Love Voice” has to do with Poe’s wife Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe. Edgar and Virginia were first cousins and though most looked at their eventual marriage with disdain, it’s believed their love was pure. The eventual death of his wife had a substantial effect on Poe, who became despondent and turned to alcohol to cope. Her death are believed to have affected his poetry and prose, where dying young women appear as a frequent motif in his work. This album exposes that and personally the music is so powerful that you almost feel that this is exactly how Poe felt throughout his life.
If you are a fan of Poe’s work and just into dark stuff this is a must pick up, the whole album being instrumental is a huge plus as I’m a sucker for good instrumentals. If you haven’t already pre-ordered the album you simply must and if not be sure to pick it up when the album drops this Hallow’s Eve! You will not be disappointed, this is a phenomenal album and one that I personally believe Poe would be proud to hear. I hope you all enjoyed the read and be sure to pick this album up, it’s a must.
Edgar Allen Poe
(January 19th, 1809 – October 7th, 1849)
Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe
(August 15th, 1822 – January 30th, 1847)