The Hourglass

by Atten Ash

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lyrics adopted from the poem 'City in the Sea' by Edgar Allen Poe Lo Death has reared himself a throne the shadow city lies alone No rays from the heavens down On the long night of town light from out the lurid sea Streams up silently up spires, up kingly halls like Babylon's walls There shrines, palaces and towers undisturbed, by lifting winds forgot Resigned beneath the sky The melancholic waters lie. There open fanes and gaping graves Yawn with luminous waves not the jewels that there lie In each idol's diamond eye No swellings tell that winds may pass on this plain of glass No heavings hint, that winds have been On seas deathly serene. There shrines, palaces and towers undisturbed, by lifting winds forgot Resigned beneath the sky The melancholic waters lie. The waves have now a redder glow The hours are breathing faint and low Down, down from underground Hell, rising from a thousand thrones
2.
This hour is forever's birth, not measured in sand, where dreams are plagued by breaths not worth taking. So long, see you never. Veins open, broken, severed. All the moments missed finally remembered. Now that I have gone, I'll see you never. Pain, loving memories will not visit me again. No suffering. There's a quiet peace in knowing I'm alone, knowing I'll be missed. Hope that I'll be missed. Silence in remembrance of a worthless man. Their eyes filled with tears not worth making. So long, see you never. Veins open, broken, severed. All the moments missed finally remembered. Now that I have gone, I'll see you never. Never visit me again. No suffering. There's a quiet peace in knowing I'm alone, knowing I'll be missed. Remember me now that I have gone. Hope that I'll be missed. Hope that I'll be missed.
3.
lyrics adopted from the poem 'Alone' by Edgar Allen Poe From childhood's hour I have not been As others were I have not seen As others saw I could not bring My passions from a common spring From the same source I have not taken could not awaken And all I loved, I loved alone. with No one to guide me on my way home. now, Then in my childhood in the dawn Of a most stormy life was drawn From every depth of good and ill The mystery which binds me still, binds me still From the torrent, or the fountain From the red cliff to the hill From the sun that round me rolled, In its autumn tint of gold, To the lightning in the sky, As it passed me by And all I loved, I loved alone. with No light to guide me on the way home. now, Then in my childhood, in the dawn Of a most stormy life was drawn From every depth of good and ill This mystery it binds me still
4.
into the rain deep underground lies a hollow she claims her bed into the rain i've finally found i've found my deepest regret in mourn where dark is the song a song for the dead at dawn where dark gave me song a song for the dead feeling so cold not here somehow soul will travel free to go into the pain she's colder now i give my final respects in mourn where dark is the song a song for the dead at dawn the night gave me song a song for the dead
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07:05
as the night goes by feelings fade still he remains like candles aflame destined to die yet burn born to a father i never knew fear of failing, of repeating with open eyes see the room turned to black a black that survives deep in a heart left to die like this curse from above with love i'll abandon thee sealed with a kiss closed casket crib this story tale it begins with ending with ending as death deals hands, feelings fade. what ties remain become unwoven by thread, by strand. born to a father i never knew fear of failing, of repeating with open eyes see the room turned to black a black that survives deep in a heart left to die like this curse from above with love with love sealed with a kiss closed casket crib this story tale it begins with ending with ending
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05:10
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softly the fall if silent the stand. a quiet dying, with no one to lead no light at the end. walk by sight as faith goes blind. Siloam wash the mud from my eyes. and i'll survive on bread alone. the words he spoke cannot be swallowed. and i'll not feast in barren lands when i can see the path to Eden. messiah man what of this light promised me? closed eyes can't see it's splendor, it's beauty what of this love promised me? closed hearts can't feel it's warmth run through me and i'll survive on bread alone. the words he spoke cannot be swallowed. and i'll not feast in barren lands when i can see the path to Eden. messiah man what of this light promised me? closed eyes can't see it's splendor, it's beauty what of this love promised me? closed heart can't feel it's warmth, so soothing
8.
All shall perish In this valley of existence Between two perilous mountains Fate and freewill We are all lost souls in this valley Etched from the cliffs of time Down we fall from one side or another Reduced to sand In a stream of tears The fall of man This tragic play never ends This audience of fools The earth crumbling down And all that remains Desolation to be reborn We find our futile lives Trapped in this cylindrical tomb Buried in the past The bottom of the hourglass We are all lost souls in this valley Etched from the cliffs of time Down we fall from one side or another Reduced to sand While we weep The fall of man This tragic play never ends This audience of fools

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A three-piece atmospheric/melodic death-doom band from North Carolina, Atten Ash is the creation of founding member James Greene who wrote the foundations of the songs which would later become “The Hourglass.” In 2011 James began collaborating with Barre Gambling (founding guitarist of Daylight Dies) and Archie Hunt (vocalist/guitarist of Legion of the Fallen) and the trio continued the musical work: arranging songs, establishing vocal patterns, writing lyrics and guitar solos.

Recorded in 2012, an intricate and encapsulating death-doom portrait permeates Atten Ash’s first full-length recording. Rich in atmosphere, swaying through infectious melodies and razorsharp solos while displaying both melancholy and aggression with conviction and force, “The Hourglass” is the result of a band with considerable maturity and experience, already at the top of their craft, and with a defined vision for their sound placing them among the classic death-doom giants of the genre.

Those pining for genuine melodic/atmospheric death-doom for the dark and cold days ahead, and especially fans and listeners of bands such as Daylight Dies, Slumber, Katatonia, Woccon, Doom:vs, October Tide, and Helevorn (among others) would be wise to heed attention.

“The Hourglass” will be released on February 19, 2015 in a 4 panel digipack with a 12 page booklet through Hypnotic Dirge Records.

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"I gotta tell you, Atten Ash know what they are doing and their doom-death is especially recommended to fans of classic Katatonia, October Tide, Slumber and Doom:vs. Maturity and experience is present on the song – and the rest of the album for that matter – and it will fill you with that (weirdly) comforting feeling of melancholy thanks to the guitars’ melodies and razorsharp solos but also the perfect mix of clean and growling vocals."
-Metal Recusants

"‘The Hourglass’ is a consistently surprising and pleasing album that maintains a high level of quality throughout. Atmospheric and captivating, it is delivered with effortless elegance, whether it’s mid-tempo, string-snapping, snare-pounding catharsis or slow, catastrophic elegy."
-Doom Metal Heaven

" It’s a captivating offering of melodic death/doom, mixing gravelly riffs and cavernous growls with shimmering guitar melody and arcing clean vocals. The music both lumbers like a dirge and charges on the back of jagged chords and rumbling drums. It’s a fitting song for the grey chill of winter, but I have a feeling it will sound just as sweet in springtime." [On the track "Born"]
-No Clean Singing

"To put it plainly, The Hourglass is a gorgeous blend of solid metal fundamentals, attention-grabbing melodies, and a wide dynamic range featured in all elements of the music. It plays through seamlessly like a single, continuous composition. And although there is a lot of similarity in the concepts presented, there is no lack of variety in the tones, textures, tempo and color."
-SkullsNBones

"With this regal edict of icy inevitability, Atten Ash has firmly secured its rightful place alongside October Tide, Doom:vs, and other demigods in the upper reaches of the unholy death doom pantheon. The Hourglass marks the advent of an especially fearsome vessel of ominous ruination. Take great heed."
-Hellbound

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released February 19, 2015

Archie Hunt - Death vocals
James Greene - Clean vocals, guitars, bass, drums,
Barre Gambling - Guitars

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