Progressive Death Metal duo DELPHIAN have released a lyric video for “A Suicide Speech to Persuade,” a track from forthcoming debut album Somnambulant Foregoer.
Certainly not a pro-suicide song, the lyrics represent a commandant from an ancient god for an old ritual. The band explains: “‘A Suicide Speech to Persuade’ is about the Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca. Each year an “Ixiptla” would be chosen who would be paraded around town and worshipped for the year’s entirety; all extravagances, food, drink, gifts, sexual partners, etc. were to enrich the Ixiptla’s finality. The Ixiptla was then sacrificed to Tezcatlipoca at the Toxcatl festival held in May; laid upon a stone slab, surrounded by four priests with a fifth priest slicing open the Ixiptla and raising its heart up to the sun. The song title, ‘A Suicide Speech to Persuade,’ is seduction from the god, commanding you kill yourself for him.”
DELPHIAN will release Somnambulant Foregoer on November 12.