“Matriarch” by UK-based metalcore band Archives delves into the intricate ways that human beings handle and process loss and grief. It presents the idea that individuals may try to escape from the reality of losing someone dear to them, just so they may be able to hold onto their last positive memory rather than dwell on their agony.
Grief is an emotion unlike any other, and its inevitability makes it all the more difficult to deal with. One may try to avoid it for a brief moment, but ultimately they have to confront it and accept it as an integral part of their lives. The lyrics of the song resonate with the audience, urging them to face the harsh reality of loss to move on in life.
Archives paints a powerful picture of how difficult it is to accept the death of someone close to us, but it is necessary to bid a final goodbye. The song is a haunting reminder of how fleeting life is. “Matriarch” teaches us to cherish every moment spent with our loved ones, both in life and after they have passed.
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