When Tom Searle lost his life after a three-year battle with cancer last August, the metal community both mourned and celebrated his genius.

For Northlane lead guitarist Jon Deiley, the inclination was clear: he would phone fellow bandmate and guitarist Josh Smith to write a song in Searle's memory (via RockFeed).

Deiley dialed up Smith and together they agreed it was the best way to pay tribute to the late Architects lead guitarist, who was highly respected among fellow musicians and the metal community as a whole.

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“Paragon” was the resulting song, and it's the concluding track on Northlane's brand new record, Mesmer. Listen to the song and read the lyrics below.

In a Twitter “tweetalong” in which Northlane broke down the album while listening simultaneously with the internet, rhythm guitarist Josh Smith delved into the idea to honor Searle using some reworkings of his own lyrics.

 Deiley further elaborated on how important the song was to him and the band, reiterating that the song needed to be “perfect.”

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The full lyrics for “Paragon” read as follows:

The last of our martyrs seeks no adoration • From his castle in the
air of eternal vibration • We won’t lose sight of the lasting words
he wrote • We won’t lose sight of what matters most

A shining beacon of wisdom • Armed to the teeth
fearless conviction • Now that he’s gone we’re going to miss him

Immortalised between the lines • Conceived by a human heart inside

He once said to us, my friend hope is a prison • But the hope his
chords sung only spread love In a hollow crowned kingdom

There are no fighters left here anymore • See you on the other side
of that open door 

We wont lose sight • We wont lose sight
Of the lasting words he wrote
We won’t lose sight of what matters most

Northlane surprise dropped Mesmer last Friday, March 24 on UNFD. Listen to “Paragon” here.

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