Descending deep within the Rabbit Hole dimension and diving straight back into the heart of the unholy trinity’s harrowing trek through the hellish underworld, cinema-core specialists, The Gloom In The Corner once again rejoin the Ronin, Girl of Glass, and Queen of Misanthropy as they hunt for one of literature’s most infamous artefacts via the band’s aptly titled new single Pandora’s Box.
The second of the three mythical items needed to portal the cast back to Earth, retrieving the sunken object was clearly no easy task. And, depicting this struggle, the impactful track takes on the perspective of character Rachel Barker as she’s submerged in a frozen lake, fighting against the elements as well as her own internal turmoil dragging her down.
Featuring vocalist Lauren Babic of Canadian metalcore outfit Red Handed Denial to help narrate Rachel’s chaotic headspace, Pandora’s Box not only adds to Gloom’s ever-expanding lore, but sheds light on the real, and sometimes difficult to talk about struggles that people may encounter when battling mental illness.
Speaking on both the storyline and the deeper inspiration behind the track, frontman Mikey Arthur elaborates: “In the story thus far, the Trinity have begun their journey at the guidance of the Narrator, to find three mythical items to assist them in creating a portal back home to the realm of the living. After obtaining the first item, they travel to the frozen Lake Cocytus, where they’re faced with haunting visions of their past in order to collect the second mythical item; Pandora’s Box, trapped at the bottom of the lake.”
“Pandora’s Box tackles themes of mental health and anxiety, along with the fear of opening up to the people that you love”. Accompanied by a stunning music video, Pandora’s Box is the fourth instalment off The Gloom In The Corner’s upcoming album Trinity (out Oct 28 via SharpTone Records).
PANDORA’S BOX LORE:
The Trinity make their way to the Lake of Cocytus, where a great battle rages between the army of Asmodeus and another demonic faction. Stepping forward into No Man’s Land, the Trinity wade their way through the warzone to the edge of the lake, where they are separated in the chaos of the combat. Dazed and shell shocked from incoming bombardment, Rachel staggers towards the canter of the lake, fear running through her veins. The Ronin, fully engaged in combat with demonic forces, calls out to her to stop, but she’s hit with a second bombardment, breaking the ice beneath her, and the Ronin and the Queen and only watch helplessly as she sinks into the lake. As Rachel sinks, her anxieties and fears begin to escalate; cold water fills her lungs as she apathetically struggles to make her way back to the surface, somewhat believing that her own internal torment is what’s weighing her down. As she sinks further to the bottom, slowly losing consciousness, she sees Pandora’s Box, and swims over to it with the intention that when the others find her body, at least they’ll find the device that they need. Wrapping her arms around the Box as she fades into oblivion, she spots a splash from above, and the Ronin swims down to save her, dragging both her and the Box back to the surface. Clara drags them both from the lake, and the Trinity continue crossing the lake, heading towards a modernized reconstruction of the Tower of Babel.
Meanwhile, the Two Keepers inspect the hole in Cocytus that Ronin and Rachel emerged from, using sonar binoculars to see if Pandora’s Box has been taken or not. They have a short squabble, but finally agree that the Box has been taken, and they realize that they’ll be doing a dimensional jump ritual involving the heart of Asmodeus, and they continue onto the Tower to stop them.
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