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Set Your Heart Free to the Crushing Doom of MAGNATAR “Crown of Thorns”

I love the dissonant melody and sludgy heaviness of the MAGNATAR track we’re streaming today, “Crown of Thorns.” And I also love that they’re taking on the bullshit we’re taught about romantic relationships, the cumbersome transactional messages we’re forced to imbibe by religious institutions and capitalist patriarchy. Why are we encouraged to “tie ourselves down” to someone who we’ll eventually perceive as a “ball and chain”?

That’s what “Crown of Thorns” takes on, the martyrdom of modern marriage, the lies we’re encouraged to tell ourselves and our partners, the escalator of the marriage industrial complex, the expectation to prioritize work over time together, the obligation to produce another generation of little workers to be chewed up and spit out by the system. That leads me to the title of their new record, Crushed, which comes out on June 3rd via Seeing Red Records — pre-order it here. Do you like soaring doom and guttural sludge? Then you’ll love “Crown of Thorns” which we’re streaming below!

“Crown of Thorns” is a protest of the traditional romantic relationship archetype and the age-old idea that such relationships should be inherently difficult rather than enjoyable and mutually beneficial; the “ball-and-chain” mindset that I see present in so many people’s lives.

Artwork by Sienna Langone

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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