Track By Tracks: RuinThrone - The Unconscious Mind Of Arda (2022)

Haedus: The album itself has been composed of stories inspired by Tolkien’s poems, his “Legendarium”. We hope the concepts we wrote can be “messengers” of reflection for our listeners, turning in a better awareness of their daily life.

We focused on an alternative point of view of some stories written by Tolkien. We thought it would have been interesting to explore the mind of the main villains: Morgoth, the Witch-king, and Gothmog. The main concept is to develop a poem with no need for heroes. It’s a world populated by humanized characters creating a correspondence with the listener’s life.

1. The Dreamweaver:

Haedus: For this song, I was fascinated by the idea of the death of our identity in order to begin a new stage of our life. The word “evolution” would describe quite well this path if it wasn’t so hard to conceive for a human being. In our existence we bring with us so many beliefs and emotional characters, habits, and relationships that we can’t let go of; this is why we used the story of Gandalf (also called “the Dreamweaver”), which had to go through his rebirth to reach his new form.

2. I am the Night:

Haedus: In this song, we tell the fair approval brought by those who dare to go in the opposite direction. The song is dedicated to those who bring divergence, for whom has the courage to be a dissonant voice.

Morgoth is the symbol of all this; in the Iluvatar theme he refused to play a piece of music that was supposed to be well-tuned with the others, instead, he played a dissonant melody. This daring action will be a messenger of new creations.

Banished in the void, alone, we imagine Morgoth laughing at his punishments while completing his work.


Nicoló De Maria: Earendil is about the tainted love story between the half-elf Earendil and the elf Elwing. Desperate for the death of his lover Earendil reminds with the melancholy of the feeling and the past life spent with Elwing. This song has the goal to show the listener how strong emotions like love keep on living even when hostile events and death divide us from our loved ones. Sometimes we regret what we did in the past, some missed opportunities, but nothing can defeat love, and so we keep on living our adventures, our paths bringing the light of the Silmaril with us with is a symbol of the power of love.

4. The Past Is Yet To Come:

Haedus: If I think about that time when I wrote these lyrics suddenly the enthusiasm and the writing ease come to my mind. Long story short the song tells about the fear of death. I imagined that even a king at some point has to confront himself with this thought: “my life will come to an end, my consciousness will fade away, and nothing will mean anything cause I won’t be anymore.”. The power of writing can change this feeling. All of a sudden fate is tamed if you sign a contract with the Dark Lord. In exchange for immortality, the king agrees to turn into a Nazgûl and make a Mephistophelian agreement.

My vision of the circle of life and death is similar to Nietzsche’s one of Eternal Recurrence. The weight of immortality turns into ages and events happening over and over in the same way. The main character begins to understand why death is a gift of Iluvatar, not a curse.

5. In Penumbra:

Haedus: In Penumbra is a journey through the past, our memories, and our sorrows. It reminds us that even in the darkest hour somewhere there still be light. The main character is a bard wandering the mines of Moria on his last days of life. He recalls the epic past of that place, it reminds him of his own life, full of glories, disillusions, triumphs, and defeats.

Once finished with his composition he leaves Moria forever.

6. The Eldest:

Haedus: In the books of The Lord Of The Rings, there’s a mystery character, present from the beginning of everything: Tom Bombadil, also called “the Eldest”. Tom is a character disconnected from the narrative bind of The Lord Of The Rings, No one knows which is his role in the story and Tolkien himself is cryptic about it. Thinking about it, I gave my own point of view. He represents some kind of “memento mori”, something which reminds us that the meaning of our existence lives in all those small daily delights: being in touch with nature, having positive affections, and helping who we cross paths with. So it’s ok to worry and to have goals and ambitions but we must keep in mind that enjoying simplicity is so important in our lives. In “The Eldest” I tried to tell exactly this, trying to leave the listener to project his own experience.

7. Blessed by Loneliness:

Haedus: This is the story of Gothmog, the one who led the armies of Angbad to the elven city of Gondolin, aiming to outdo it to their dark force. The “grim reaper” will prevail on both Gothmog and Ecthelion in an epic battle while hitting one another with deadly shots. In our song, we took Gothmog’s point of view, envious of the radiant beauty of Gondolin and so filling to destroy it. In the lyrics we described a dualism: Gondolin is the symbol of our ambitions, of our productive thoughts, while Gothmog personifies our “self-destructiveness”, which forbids us to reach our goals. The “embrace” of the two fighters while falling and eventually drowning into the King’s Fountain is the most summoning part.

8. For Those Who Remain:

Nicoló De Maria: This song is about the scars left on our skin by the events of our life. They are the memory of important events that happened in our life that made us what we are e remind us what we were. Happy facts, others that bring with them a pain that even the mere memory still hurts us. Was it worth the pain? This is the question we ask the listener with this song.

9. Where you belong:

Haedus: This last song is some kind of a bonus track. It’s the key to the interpretation for our listeners. We leave the role of dark bards and we speak directly to whoever is listening to these songs. We encourage him to find the power to react and to stay afloat in his hard times and to hold on to our music, as we did with somebody else’s music.

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