A Lyrical Song of The Deep Night (깊은 밤의 서정곡) and A Sleepless Yearning (잠들지 않는 그리움) are heavy metal ballads by the band Black Hole (블랙홀), one of the accomplished metal bands that arose in the 80s. Whereas typical metal songs relied on hard driving, fast paced guitar and base lines while flaunting a mysticism theme, these songs are on the slow side of heavy metal, opting for quiet and deep introspection than loud outward expressions. They sing of solitude and isolation, the cruel and indifferent face of time, love and the irony of fate that keep the forever yearning beings separated. With the mystery tinged brooding mood and high pitched screams typical of heavy metal, they bring on a listening experience altogether their own.
깊은 밤의 서정곡
A Lyrical Song of The Deep Night
잠들지 않는 그리움
A Sleepless Yearning
Black Hole started out as a college band playing at rock contests and festivals. Fond of playing Black Sabbath and UFO numbers in their early days, the fledgling band was noticed by Boohwal’s manager, then played an instrumental role in materializing their music into an original, full-blown album. Released in 1989, their fist album was well received, A Lyrical Song of The Deep Night (깊은 밤의 서정곡), composed by the leader Chu Sang Kyun (주상균), gaining popularity. They continued on throughout the 90s putting out nine albums in all. In time their popularity waned along with heavy metal’s decline, although they still play and tour the circuits. Looking back, the hard hitting metal was a rather quickly passing fad, and the slower numbers of their oeuvre, such as these two songs, seem to have a greater staying power.
A Lyrical Song is from their first album. It proved their songwriting and vocal capabilities early on in their career. As a typical metal ballad, it showcases Chu’s high range vocals together with the scorching guitar works which bring on a striking image of a wakeful night watch in the wee hours. A fine metal song brimming with the genre’s charm, particularly in the vocals that seem to soar and rip the thin air of the night sky.
A Sleepless Yearning, from their fourth album released in 1996, carries on with the same style and mood, adding a heightened sentiment of missing the lost love of the narrator’s. Its quiet melody lines have a strong hook that enhances the impact of the emotional groping, drawing the listener further in. The overall subdued and rueful arrangement complements Chu’s vocals which start out slowly and continuously escalate to culminate in a denouement of a heartfelt refrain that keeps repeating toward the end.