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Alight In Ashes

by Menace Ruine

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nefolk Proud owner of a t-shirt with this design, scored at their Riga gig in Autumn 2012 Favorite track: Salamandra.
Ippocalyptica
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Ippocalyptica I stumbled upon this by accident, but am glad that I did. This is very weird, avant-garde electronic drone metal (a sub-genre I just coined) with otherworldly clean vocals and off-kilter melodies that always keep you guessing and never let you find your footing. However, rather than being a jarring or unpleasant listen, the feeling that I get is rather more like being carried away by a sinister mist, never quite in any immediate danger from the mist itself but also conscious of the risk of falling to my death at any moment. I am not sure that fans of most death or black metal will appreciate this, but we all need to round out our listening experiences with different material from time to time, and an album like this is a good way to expand one’s boundaries. Favorite track: Set Water to Flames.
G M Slater
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G M Slater From the first time I heard this my mind was completely blown... The only way I can describe it would be to say - if Sunn O))) and Dead Can Dance had a baby. Beautiful and haunting darkness that slowly works its way into the depths of your soul. Favorite track: Cup Of Oblivion.
Valtteri Rajamäki
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Valtteri Rajamäki This brings the pain close. And then maybe it's more bearable? I do not know. Favorite track: Salamandra.
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I will be the eagle devouring your liver While you are bound to your rock But yours won’t grow back, mortal deceiver My rotten body was ripe and unfolded To be a receiver of form To be filled with your ethereal blood and make it grow I sang with no need for ears to be heard Mercurial, above the ocean, One of those birds immolated Who flew away in smoke and set water to flames Raise me up by your splendour to the clear sky and nature will resound in me The heart must remain in fire Its heat shall never die out Slowly sparks of your light will appear, then your love, shining bright and we’ll always know what we need Until we need no more and your fire shall never fear Blind me with your kindness Burn me please Raise my eyes to the heavens Hear my plea Light me up from inside Let me breathe inward this breath that will eternally return... Your ethereal love had once given me wings To cover distance and I will keep One of those as a reminder of which part of the sky I arose Remove the last stones embedded in my burning heart, Draw me off, and again, throw me back and you’ll see me vanish for good and set water to flames... Blind me with the horizon Hold me still Make me flourish like a garden Hear my plea Raise me up and bind me there So that nothing could keep me here any longer Blind me with your kindness Help me reach the aether Sow me in your garden Blind me with the horizon and hold my sorrow still So nothing will bring me back here The horizon is still A long way from home The horizon is still and away from home Your solvent power over matter Will devour the lion in the end.
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Salamandra 05:56
Salamander like a daughter growing inside me Born out of my fire You’ve drawn it out of my power I am now a cold mother dead in glory Blood-red eyed daughter I wish you’d passed your prowess to me Carry me up by fire and burn the ladder that brought me here The more you drink inside of us The more we poison apples and wine and make waters deadly Smeared with your blood We’re immune to harm by fire But your blood being ours Makes life such a lonesome journey Blood-red eyed daughter I wish you’d passed your prowess to me I’m daily burning up a candle in hope you’ll come back and set me free You’ve proved that souls don’t burn in Hell That faith triumphs over illness We’re still amidst flames In a fiery furnace Blood-red eyed daughter I wish you’d passed your prowess to me Carry me up by fire and burn the ladder that brought me here Glory on your deadly waters they are the ones from which we will heal Your enduring power over passion will set us free.
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Long and slow invasion Of golden semen into silver rock Water and fire collided Volcano erupted Grey-white lava flowed Why is it burning so, harsh, not melodious at all Burning to the core, why all faded in discord? Bringer of poison to the stake Destroyer from the inside Once silky and clear Fusible always Easily abraded By hearts of forgery From inside dissolving Why tarnishing all brightness Of moonlight in our morning eyes Allowing a lie to grow, and grow, and eat away our soul? Why all is bitter now, and why all faded in discord? Why is it burning so... Eroded, Mouldering away, Flowing out of our own body Evil expels evil! Sour is your passage inside Boring holes all over Our hot molten organs flooding out Evil expels evil!
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Stars brought poison here and caused diseases But poison can also be a healer and heal by likeness As cold would do with cold and a lie with another lie will Fear is like sulphur and smothers our living breath Then turns it into stone But no rock can be lifted by stars So we had better volitize and see what we could then outlive It was very long You were longing to be empty of it So very longing to be empty of your life and pulverize the seat of evil in you The cradle of disease and live What to choose inside the circular torments Violent fire or icy cold? Only what is born from death will die and from life will not What is in between will be saved and life will be given God only can break the bonds of matter To overhaul the heart prolongs our time here But can we really heal the seat of evil? God only can break the bonds of matter Dying heirless Monsters don’t perpetuate their species All in good time A time to heal And a time to die Stars, lead us not into the temptation of any disease of fear.
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The light of Nature shines more brightly than the sun, beyond all vision Its light is also inside us and the outer sky leads to the inner one All has been given veiled but with visible signs to decipher Like a buried treasure with a mark to recover it Now I am ready to let go things and those that I have loved in my life I know I have to and will throw them all into the cup of oblivion I don’t really need any more than this light inside I know i have to forget if I want to go on living But will never forget that I drank From the cup of oblivion.

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released October 2, 2012

Mastering by James Plotkin
Many thanks to Chris Bruni and James Hamilton

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