Venus Armata

by Menace Ruine

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Nathan Hatton
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Nathan Hatton I have found that much of my enjoyment in the world comes through unexpected juxtaposition. Here, there is a coming together of things both cruel and kind. The turbulent instrumentals mix well with Geneviéve's vocal work.

It's raw and it's beautiful. This is a fantastic work of melodic drone music. Favorite track: Soothing But Cruel.
Regnārs Breikšs
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Regnārs Breikšs Atmospheric, haunting and beautiful - like all of the "Menace Ruine" works. But this one is even better! Favorite track: Venus Armata.
nils schmid
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nils schmid this is a completely unique blend of velvet underground and dead can dance with a black metal undercurrent. fucking genius and AOTY 2014 by far.
G M Slater
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G M Slater If you liked Alight In Ashes you will LOVE this... By far Menace Ruine's best work to date!
Valtteri Rajamäki
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Valtteri Rajamäki Beside my ghost I suppose I was there Favorite track: Red Sulphur.
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1.
Soften our evil hearts oh mother of kindness Smother the storms of those who hate us The cruelty of our hearts is the ominous danger Let us not harm one another   Soften our evil hearts, Breathe your wisdom onto earth The human life-fire is blood Seven spires inside your heart, we won’t add another May love rule in the death of poison and dwell therein   Hate is like the sharpness of dying Use our hearts as drums and rule over us with love Compunction will awaken the grave Ignite our souls with your warming light May wrath die in its  false desire For in life and joy we shall strive   We are all born in hunger And you offer your breast With impunity we rob you And make your heart bleed with boundless grief Allow faith to lighten our blindness Let us kiss your wounds and drink a pearl of wisdom therein
2.
Red Sulphur 06:39
Beside my ghost I suppose I was there But in my soul I swear I wasn’t, but feeding this vine growing inside Without my knowledge I was driven off course And all this bound me to you You never had any role to play But to shine as a beacon What if I had let it run wild Brought it into the light of day Instead of nurturing it in my silent soul The antidote is inside this sword Looming above our heads With its unique poison to be cooked Why is this holding me down While I try to rise up Is this fight between the two birds insoluble and eternal? From this tension I know I can grow But the chasm is too vast Will I ever marry both worlds, or leave one behind? What will emanate from this war? What will fly above water? What fugitive matter am I made of? Unearth the first one Don’t leave anything in the cold Lost in a hidden corner I know I will never rely on the world below to surrender I’ll take the sword by force and turn it against myself Be the knight of my own hell And my own glory Or let the sword fall over my head Be the king of my own health And by its unique poison, The queen of my soul Beside my ghost I suppose I was there But in my soul I swear I wasn’t, but feeding this love like a peaceful fire Now I shall be truly resigned And leave it deep inside The devil may say it is not real but who cares now When I thought I was at the end of my rope Suddenly I was bold And utterly transformed From the deepest core of my being The winged bird has risen, And looked at me without fear
3.
In the underworld again I don’t know what happened I thought I built a shelter of my own Underground once more J’entends sonner le glas And the mourning of a mother Roaming again in this corridor Driven by these subterranean winds That have cursed my way once But all by myself this time, why? And my horse is now winged and all white But the same dried tears, and desolate ground Will Spring finally come back? Life will recover And a new wind will rise Spreading seeds of wheat All over the Earth And gold will multiply Brighter and lighter Together we’ll allow life to grow A promise of harvest even if a late one I won’t bend under the weight of snow on my wings Nor fear the winds entering my bones, and hardening my blood I’ll climb this waterfall backwards However long it will take A promise of harvest, a late one But my heart will be in it Finally my heart will make up its pulses The sun will recover its power Over the cycle of life Brighter and lighter, I will walk solemnly in your steps And join you at the end of the road For our marriage in death Then spring will return once more, even if I don’t It’s of little import, As long as we are given back to ourselves And spread the grains
4.
Folded in your embrace Your eyes are the brightest eyes That ever hit me with their rays I will do you no harm When I am as strong as you are, and fair of face, It will be me and you, it’s soothing but cruel Your light into my light will flow Your wine into my water When I am black as ink We will cleanse the stars Until they are as white as pearls A seven petalled-rose is looming up there For me and you, Soothing but cruel In the shadow of the earth I am all yours You take my beauty while I receive your soul Your body will return when I am blotted out As I feel you from afar I feel my power growing back For this battle of fire Your loving eyes are there for me You’re soothing, but cruel One only when the earth is fully between us For me, and you, it is soothing but cruel
5.
Love is stretching from horizon to horizon, From Heaven to Hell Now we are caught between Heaven and Hell We will reach each other by staring at the sky And drown together in the ocean above Where there is no false sun Our knowledge of fire is what it sets ablaze Let’s stand in the flames and rise from our ashes Now is the time to unite In the shut chamber of my heart And be a receptacle for the dead Its door is now closed, nothing will escape Some hearts have to be sacrificed For the movement of the sun Like fruits, they grow out of life In the darkest night
6.
Of this torture of fire I can take more, and more And I will take some more Until the fire dies down Until the fire burns the fire Of this torture of fire I will take some more Until the fire dies down Until the fire burns the fire And I feel the burn of truth Engulf yourself in the flames Be roasted in what you are Sing yourself to dance May I suffocate in my own tomb And my tomb suffocate with me May you roast in your own fire Until the air is no more and you fly away in flakes May I suffocate in my own tomb And my tomb suffocate with me Until I feel the burn of truth Enter me with your breath Heal me with your tongues of fire I give my beating heart To your raging flames To fly away in flakes My heart burnt to ashes Enter me with your breath Heal me with your tongues of fire Only then, I’ll carry the seeds of light and feed the quiet flame inside
7.
Venus Armata 16:17
May is rising Like a dream I fade away From your arms after you have searched me for years My tears are falling Like tiny white pearls I vanish in a vapour of benzoin Goodbye my beloved, Goodbye, I am needed here no more Go on and make your own way *** Follow her voice, and be empowered Follow her voice, and be empowered by her love chant But resist her charms It will lead you to the center of the earth Withstand her fire her ancestral light her beauty unveiled, asleep and naked, to your soul will give rise In the fiery darkness, I found a king among the flames Follow her voice, and be empowered by her love chant But resist her charms Withstand her fire, Her beauty unveiled, And turbulence will give way to a blissful Spring *** How would you have known there was a ghost living in your veins How would you have known there was a ghost living in your veins How would you have known there was a ghost living in your veins Until you are fire-hardened An adversary of fire How would you have known there was a ghost living in your veins Wake up and see that you are the one chosen Her inner light will bless you with a feast of blossom Exhilarating forces of May in your heart are dawning Exhilarating flowers of May in you are growing No longer cold, nor impure, we are No longer heavy, nor obscure, we are Time to collect the aniada, The burning nettle and flammula May dawning, pink and exalted Rejuvenating For so long, my heart, where were you hiding? Why did Spring have to return in this rain of tears? Because without your tears I would have never been awaken, And without mine, you would have never been at rest Germinative water has to come down, so we rise up A battle of love resolved into an adieu *** Winds have scattered our voices like echoes Until they gather as a bold plainsong Winds have scattered promises and hope Of embrace and reunion of our souls One of us brought death into this world, Another one drove it away Her power is only one Her triumph is a solace to us all She must return to the realms of water now From sea foam we emerge, to sea foam we’ll return *** What will spring from this fountain of grace? Who will be turned into a stone, but a watery one Who has been burnt at the stake, and now is shielded from fire Time has come to bring the bride back to life *** Mountains have melted, at the softness of your wings There’s no dragon I couldn’t fight, and no desert land to fear You paved my way with thorns, and then lilies, Now I am crowned with your roses Thou hast proved me in the fire and no evil was found in me Like a giant eagle, flying above the fray No dragon I couldn’t fight, no desert land to fear For this stain of fire, I was given at your sight For its power, they may burn me But with love I’ll fight, your love oh mother And your armor of love will save me.

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released October 14, 2014

Written, recorded and mixed between April 2013 and June 2014
Music by Geneviève, except Torture Of Fire
(Music by S. / Vocals, sistrum and kamutef by Geneviève)
Lyrics and visual concepts by Geneviève
Mixing and graphic design by S.
Mastering by James Plotkin

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