Black Hole in Human Form

from A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time by Obsidian Tongue

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After releasing a brilliant debut album “Subradiant Architecture” last summer, the massachusetts-based duo Obsidian Tongue is back with their second installment “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time.” Cold, unwavering, primal black metal with a rich organic sound and real melodic sensibilities, Obsidian Tongue has been praised for their exceptional balance of the melodic and raw aspects of black metal, and that is certainly apparent in the new material.

In May 2013, Obsidian Tongue returned to the analog Mystic Valley Studios in Medford, Massachusetts to record the new album. Consisting of 6 songs averaging 9 minutes in length, “A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time” is a psychedelic and introspective journey through the collective unconscious of Man and the dark half of the emotional spectrum; A sonic depiction of the spiritual affirmation and personal evolution attainable only through sorrow, anger and disillusionment. A noteworthy contribution to this musical odyssey has been made by John Haughm of the legendary dark metal outfit Agalloch, taking lead vocal duties for the album's title track. Released in an appropriately minimalist fold out booklet with all lyrics included, Obsidian Tongue’s second release is the perfect sonic catharsis for fans of Enslaved, early-Opeth, Wolves in the Throne Room, Agalloch, Alda, Panopticon, Falls of Rauros, and Skagos.
....err fuck the specifications, for black metal fans in GENERAL.

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Pale and shaking
Eyes rolled into head
Bright stream of energy
Flows from the solar plexus
Who hath receive
From the starscape of the dream
The life-force of the eternal child?
What god hath permit
Upon our sovereign ground
Such sightless & relentless
Molestation of our chosen shell?

You – Black hole in human form
You – Offspring of lust & scorn
All slumbers marred by your twisted face
Falling into a hatred I can’t escape
Twilight reverence slaked by trances of vigilance

Your prize – your art – your purpose

Now – Black hole in human form
Feeds on once sacred psychic storms
And compassion is this pile of ash laying next to me

Strength or weakness? Which gestated you?
This oneiric lapse seems bade to discern
It shows the portal to your origin

Hurling down the wormhole
The walls bright and green
I approach a child’s silhouette
The soul bright and green
The greatest pain is hers
The child you could have been
Begging to be freed by my hand

The catharsis is mine to take

Such a strange & noble fate
Born to consume
Tear the fabric of causality
Drive a good man to kill
The glory is shared

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from A Nest of Ravens in the Throat of Time, track released July 29, 2013
Brendan Hayter - Vocals, guitars
Greg Murphy - Drums

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