Sarah Jezebel Deva returned this summer with her second solo effort since the voluptuous vocalist parted ways with longtime band, Cradle of Filth. The Corruption of Mercy marks the first offering in her three record deal with Listenable Records.
She calls the album “symphonic metal with balls.” An apt descriptor. Deva and her band combine massive atmospheric elements, with soaring vocals propelled by extreme metal machinations. You can feel/hear the effort the band put into its sophomore effort, and it pays off in its caliginous beauty and crushing melodies. A stunning, sonic work from SJD.
This week the Deva sat down to take us track by track through her new opus.
Sarah Jezebel Deva – The Corruption Of Mercy
No Paragon Of Virtue – This song is about someone who is very sure of them self, almost like gods gift to the human race. They think they are always right and you will find yourself agreeing with them or following them, just to shut them up. Its sung from the “peoples” point of view and how this person makes others feel. You will never win simply because its too much hassle to.
The World Won’t Hold Your Hand – I wrote this song with “Blaggers” in mind. Someone who wants something for nothing, who will sit on the fence, watch others do all the hard work and then turn up at the very end to claim the prize. I have come across this is music so many times, the person who gets all the credit for the work that others have busted their balls for.
A Matter Of Convenience – This song is connected to No Paragon Of Virtue. It’s about a person who has nothing in their life of value because they simply do not value anything. When they find themselves alone, they will just call up girls for meaningless sex, just to fill the gap. Some girls however are wise to this, some are not. It’s meant to be a heartless song with some cheesy lines, in fact, I once knew someone that lived their life like this and even to this day, deep inside, is lonely.
Silence Please – When I was young, I read about the Banshee. How people would hear her/it crying outside their window and it would signify their own death. Because my bed was so close to the window, I used to be afraid of waking up late at night just in case, ha ha.. I freaked myself out a little for a long time. I used to hear foxes crying and would mistake it for the Banshee. I never normally write about myth, I like to write about life, but for this album I wrote a few tracks based on myths.
Sirens – So this is the sexier side of the Banshee, the lighter side, if there is one, of death. This is the Banshee of the sea but called a “Siren” She is beautiful and she would enchant sailors/fishermen with her voice and beauty, almost giving them a false sense of security, guiding them back to the safety of dry land but instead crashing the boats into the rocks and killing them. I suppose it’s not far off what humans are like today, we judge by an image without thinking deeper about the possible consequences.
Pretty With Effects – It’s about abuse in a relationship, be it sexual or a friendship. The “Who are you? Cos I can’t see you” line, is about not recognizing the person or their behavior and just being confused as to why this is happening to you or why they are putting you through the emotional abuse and violence. Its about being trapped by love and mistaking violence as a form of love. Read the lyrics if you get a chance and listen to the song. I wrote it because issues like this should not be ignored.
The Eyes That Lie – Now, “The Eyes That Lie”, this is about being lied to, simple. Trusting someone, giving them your love and believing all they say. How their words did NOT speak louder than their actions. How they promised so much but delivered so little. How when you question their actions, they just accuse you of being mental, paranoid, jealous. It’s about someone who is very manipulative and soul destroying.
Zombie – This is a cover song by the band The Cranberries. I knew I would get crap for covering this but that’s life, I did it not only because it is an amazing song but because of its message. This was inspired by the IRA bombing in Warrington, Cheshire in 1993. Two children, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, were killed. The IRA (The Irish Republican Army) is a militant group determined to remove British troops from Northern Ireland. “It’s the same old theme, since 1916” is basically saying nothing has changed. It doesn’t matter how much blood is shed, people still continue to die, families destroyed… and what for? I think humans are the worst thing to ever happen to this planet. We ruin everything with our creed, we torture and murder in the name of religion and power.
The Corruption Of Mercy – The title track, based on a girl called Mercy. She is brought into this world innocent but due to her parents not raising her because they are all about themselves, she is raised by TV/Adverts/Magazines, so therefore that’s her only role model and due to this, she becomes corrupt. For example, she learns “Sex Sells”, so the front cover image of the album, she is part naked. This is her saying “I have to be this way for people to love me, to get them to notice me and for me to feel important”. The mask she wears, is so she can’t see people or how they view her but also so people can’t see herself for what she has become. It’s bordering child neglect. These days, it seems, “A lot” of parents would rather be on Facebook, go down the pub, play bingo and are more bothered about their own self image than spending time raising their child, actually reading them a book and educating them. Modern day gadgets have taken over the parent role and the line we hear too often is “Sit in front of the tv and shut up” or “Get out of my sight and play outside”. Is this what we really want for our children and the future?
SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA is…
Dan Abela – Guitars
Damjan – Drums
Azz – Guitars
Ablaz – Bass
Sarah Jezebel Deva – Vocals