The album marks the first time the band opted for releasing a full record without the support of a major record label. Musically, the record incorporates elements from symphonic metal, gothic metal, metalcore, and djent. Lyrically, the band approached themes related to freedom. They addressed subjects such as war, oppression, women’s rights, religion, bullying, and inner-struggles.
Burghout combined two interesting typefaces. The one used for the band name is called Narwa. This “robust medieval-modernist display type” was drawn by Lewis McGuffie of East of Rome, inspired by “a combination of Rudolf Koch style lettering, some old book covers and a masthead from a printed tour guide of Narva, Estonia.” It caught my eye when McGuffie made a beta version available in January 2022 via Future Fonts. Narwa then already spanned eight weights and also came as variable font. The typeface family was finalized in October 2023, now with support for extended Latin and Cyrillic. Make sure to read Identifont’s latest blog post: it includes an interview in which the designer provides some insight into the process. McGuffie reveals that he started with the bold uppercase characters, as he’s found that “graphic designers often just use all-caps in the designs”. Case in point: Narwa is here used in all caps, too, featuring its whimsical W with the vertical middle part, the characteristic asymmetrical A and M, and the round uncial E.