This song pretty much challenges our existence in the most poetic way

All of existence leads up to the breakdown at 3:30

After the Burial, a metal band from Minneapolis has recently been reaping the rewards of their extremely well-received album “Evergreen”, since its release on April 19. Aside from their musical expertise, and influences from every genre of metal- it seems as though their lyrical style has been consistent with every song in their discography. It’s erratic, a stream-of-consciousness style, driven with heavy emotional metaphors, often surrounded around aspects of nature. “Dig Deep”, their previous album, was complete with themes of natural disasters, our human connection to the earth but also the reality of decay. From a poetic standpoint, it’s so modernist and open to interpretation, but also extremely wordy that it can sometimes sound like something spoken “in tongues”. Luckily, it’s not off-putting, since every word is screamed, and that seems to be, more so, the focus of the art. Not everyone can truly determine what every symbol means, anyway. It can’t exactly reach everybody.

To me, “A Pulse Exchanged” serves as a clearer testament to what the reality of our existence is- they use universal symbols, and much shorter lines to neatly wrap up their philosophy. It requires you to think, but not so much where it’s like sitting down translating ancient scrolls for hours. These symbols are easier to understand: “windows”, “passengers”, “dreams”, “ghosts”, “shells”- just to name a few.

Read the lyrics and listen as best as you can- usually, the instrumental overpowers, and gives more emotional hints…Hope you can see this song in a new light!

We jump from dream to dream, being to being
Same model, different world
Same places, different shores
We explore each other’s eyes
Drifting passengers outsiders searching for it
Windows to worlds
One piece of the puzzle in the same picture
Tumble and perceive
Our dreams grasp realms
A passenger with false control

[Refrain]
Life strings lead to different worlds
In night braille our souls unhinge
Same cloth but never knit
Come set me free

[Pre-Chorus]
Born of ash, shaped with mud
Carved from oak, we are ghosts

[Chorus]
In parallel lives, do we die or disconnect lost frequencies?
Our bodies, nothing more than a shell
A pulse exchanged and let go

[Post-Chorus]
This life, in a moment disappears
Born of ash, shaped with mud
Carved from oak, we are ghosts

[Breakdown]
I seem alright, as my body became undone
Into the great expanse

[Refrain]
Life strings lead to different worlds
In night braille our souls unhinge
Same cloth but never knit
Come set me free

[Pre-Chorus]
Born of ash, shaped with mud
Carved from oak, we are ghosts

[Chorus]
In parallel lives, do we die or disconnect lost frequencies?
Our bodies, nothing more than a shell
A pulse exchanged and let go

[Bridge]
Into the expanse
Reborn and erased
A disappearance of faces
Another version of me

[Outro]
Through the great expanse
Reborn and erased
A passenger behind my eyes
Through the great expanse
Reborn and erased
A passenger behind my eyes
I hope you’re there (I hope you’re there)
I hope you’re there

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