Burn of God

R48A Burn of God
Mark Sheeky
2020

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Track listing
1. The Eternal Dogma (02:01)
2. God Infinity (06:50)
3. Great Grandfather's Song (05:25)
4. You Will Seek It Love (01:45)
5. Kyrie Eleison (03:59)
6. Confession (03:12)
7. The Dark Nightwatchman (02:56)
8. You Will Seek Escape (02:26)
9. Lullaby From Your Cells to Your Mind (03:05)
10. The Ethereal River (02:43)
11. The Palace of Skeletons (02:27)
12. Is There Anybody There (01:14)
13. The Tree (05:13)
14. Riding Pi (03:32)
15. Garden of Love (02:37)
16. Epilogue (03:12)

About this album
Over two years in development, Burn of God is a progressive concept album on the theme of religion, a depiction of a night of anxiety, an examining of the eternal questions of meaning and existence. This is my first album to use extensive vocals and includes greater use of live instruments than in my work to date, in many ways the album is the next logical step from Cycles & Shadows.

The project began as a series of solo piano works which aimed to depict a specific mood of darkness and emptiness, something like an Erik Satie nocturne. The music grew into a story with links to Ingmar Bergman's film Through a Glass Darkly. It was then that I knew I wanted to make a snapshot of religious belief as a unit, to explore the theme in a complete way.

The album is suffused with drama; thunder, choirs, organs and intense power, but is also, at times, meandering and searching. There are many musical influences here from Kate Bush, Roxy Music, and Scott Walker, to Satie and Handel, and even back to my earliest works and Jean-Michel Jarre. I also worked hard on the album imagery, to make an 8-page physical CD of artistry and beauty. For me now, physical music is very important, the art of the CD version of the album is as important as the totality of the album itself as an artwork. At a time where single tracks are short, and albums are rarely sold as complete artworks, I wanted to defy conventions; make rock music of symphonic scale and ambition.