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I: Voice

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One of the AOTY 2019 to me, and I don't see any serious contender for now.
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BT Artisan Era once again knocks it out of the fucking park with this album. EASILY AOTY for me. Buy this, crank it up to eleventy and get ready to get crushed under the awesome weight of this masterpiece. Favorite track: Nightfall Came.
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Right now, my favorite Artisan Era band. This is gorgeous, it'll be in my best of 2019 list without a doubt! Favorite track: Beneath The Forest Floor.
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credits

released May 10, 2019

Adrian Perez vocals, piano
Jason Nitts percussion
Jace Kiburz guitar
Max Damske guitar
Alex Damske bass

Additional Contributors:
Dallas Toler-Wade - Vocals (Narcotic Wasteland, ex. Nile)
Poh Hock - Guitar (Native Construct, Replacire)
Christian Münzner - Guitar (Alkaloid, ex. Obscura)
Dan Gargiulo - Guitar (Artificial Brain, Revocation)
Danny Rodriguez - Vocals (Through The Eyes Of The Dead, Roman Ring)
Navene Koperweis - Guitar (Entheos, Fleshwrought)
Eddie Limperis - Vocals (Barren Heir)
Stevie Boiser - Vocals (Inferi, Tethys, Equipoise)
Kevin Hufnagel- Guitar (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia)
Austin Peters - Guitar (Outrun The Sunlight)
Will Smith - Vocals (Artificial Brain)
Tymon Kruidenier - Guitar (Our Oceans, ex. Exivious, ex. Cynic)
Craig Bruenger - Upright Bass (Ahtme)
Nate Madden - Guitar (Immortal Bird, Roman Ring)

Creative:
Artwork: Stigma
Photography: Photobydri & friends
Logo: Christophe Szpajdel
Lyrics & Concept: Adrian Perez & Jason Nitts
Layout: Eddie Limperis

Recording:
Drums: Paul Aluculesei at Bricktop Recordings
Acoustic Instruments: Paul Aluculesei at The Cave Recording
Reamping: Paul Aluculesei at Max’s home
Mixing: Pete Grossman of Bricktop Recordings
Mastering: Spenser Morris at Decade Music Studios

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Track Name: We’ve Been Here Before
I, pulling myself up from the leaves, strained to see through the haze
and wondered if I had been here before. Except for the haunting fireflies' glow, I was by myself.

He was by himself; wandering, scurrying through the trees... Away from consciousness, on a path to the many worlds that I weaved with my fingertips. Except for me, unknowing, he was –

[Solo: Kiburz]

All at once, the lights, carried from a distance, shot to me, flowing through me, flashing before me, violent, convulsing, bright:

I was haggard but unworn, I was youthful but bitter, I was ignorant, I was worldly, I was shown into a lifetime's experiences.

[Solo: Perez]

The flashes pulsed away, left me sitting on the damp forest floor.
Gold light poured through the trees above and danced across tufts of mist and thriving… (I am alone again)

Oak, bobbing ashes, curious crows, waving branches, fireflies,
old friend, scurrying, demon, timber, voice, the bay, the cottage, the cave… (I am alone again)
Track Name: Beneath The Forest Floor
Pines twisted and cracked their brittle limbs as the wind whispered, to the stream gurgled, to the fireflies winced, at the fog crawling in from my breath is the fog, my eyes the fireflies, my voice: the wind, my hands: the pines that twisted and cracked their brittle limbs as the wind called them away from me. The stones became walls and a doorway to a place deep down beneath the forest floor.

A light within a lantern quivered at the breeze. I screamed, bellowed – my voice carried with the wind. The fog grew thick and obscured my dim surroundings and my flame grew dimmer, and I screamed, my voice carried with the wind.

I blinked and saw nothing
I blinked and saw a struggle between embers
I blinked and saw a face
I blinked and saw a face in the dark

[Solo: Poh Hock]

Standing right there
It was standing right there

I imagined moving my head. I imagined curling my fingertips.
Cold hands, bloodied eyes, heavy, my limbs, can’t move, a face, the cave, my fear, beneath –

A voice groaned in the distance
the world began to shake...

…strange, hideous face in the dark
“I’m over here”
I blinked again and it was gone
“I’m over here”
A voice whispered in the distance
“I’m over here”
I could hear it clearly, just to my left
“I’m over here”
Track Name: Cellar
I could feel again. I stood up in the cave beneath the forest floor, but I couldn’t see anything beyond the fog. The voice, like a reaching hand, vanished, but the memory remained.

I see you

I hear you

Beyond the fog: a maze of urns and spirits along a crooked path – all at once, a crash...

All at once, the lights, carried from a distance, shot to me, flowing through me, flashing before me, violent, convulsing, bright… All at once, the lights… All at once, the lights…

[Solo: Münzner]

Pain gone by…
Fervor and warmth and pain of a budding lifetime...
…buried it all beneath the floorboards of the cellar in a maze of my memories… in a maze of my memories… in a…

[Solo: Gargiulo]

All at once, the lights, carried from a distance, shot to me, flowing through me, flashing before me, violent… I saw another light in the distance and I pushed on… my memories left behind…
Track Name: Nightfall Came
The world turned on its side as I emerged from behind the cellar doors. Gold light eroded to a cool groan – radiance replaced by the fireflies’ glow as the sun hid behind the trees.

Nightfall came again…
And again…

Radiance emerged from the cottage window. I hid, this time, in fear of the light. Familiar warmth, familiar fear. As I tucked myself away, a shadow lurked behind the frame. It stepped through the doorway. I stepped out of my skin.

Skin, woman, deeper into the trees… further away from me…
The trees grew closer and the fireflies gathered around as I grew closer to her.
A pace turned to run, the trees into vines, and as I reached, she trembled, she melted.

[Solo: Kiburz]
[Solo: Koperweis]

I saw a face, “Hey!”
Familiar warmth, familiar fear
“Hey!”
I saw a shriveled, contorted phantom in the mist staring back at me.

The world began to shake.
I saw a strange, hideous face in the dark.
I can’t move my arms.
I can’t feel my legs.
Fear. Only fear. Brother. Still here.

Nightfall came again…
And again…

Ghost, essence, hag, body
Track Name: Voice
...blurry faced thing staggered out from the trees
It walked through the mud and muck right past me
It leaned its wet skin against the decaying bark
I tried to scream, can’t you hear me calling from the dark

Standing right there - it was standing right there (in the rancid mist)
Staring at me - it was staring just past me.
A grimace behind the blur crumbled into deep rooted dread as the paralyzation forced me to close my eyes. The hag, again...

Body, breath, throat, skin, drift, drown, writhing, water, don’t leave me, please don’t leave me here

...here, writhing, drift, skin, face...

...earth swallowed my memories… the swamp...
It was poisoned… it was blind…
Track Name: Eat Them While They Sleep
Blight ridden shrubs and weeds brushed along the edge of the stream… as I ran past... waved with the breeze... as I ran past and away from the memory…
Silent… I tried to be silent… Stagnant… the pond looked stagnant
Branches… leaves and branches twisted and cracked their brittle limbs

...twisted and cracked my brittle limbs

The vines pulled me down beneath the surface and with the bit of strength I could still muster, I shut my eyes.

Blight ridden shrubs and weeds brushed along the edge of - as I ran past... waved with the breeze... as I ran past and away from the memory…

He was by himself; wandering, scurrying through the trees... Away from consciousness, on a path to the many worlds that -

Shit out again, passed through the swamp’s billowing -
I am the cold, tainted heart, eating you, again
... twisted and cracked my limbs…

[Solo: Hufnagel]
[Solo: Perez]

Again, I staggered through an echo of an illusion
Eaten by an echo of a nightmare
Let go by an echo of an echo, of an -
Track Name: Willow
Echo of an illusion, what I lived for days I had lived for none.
...blurry faced thing slumped over a fallen willow tree.
Forgotten friend withering…
I touched its deflated skin - wrinkled from the water.
The sun advanced to the horizon and its radiance replaced by nightfall’s glow…

[Solo: Peters]

Vines, young seedlings grew old, turned to seed, and again… and again…
Time tore by, and the sun and moon danced around the world. Hope an intense blur, the body swallowed by greenery.

[Solo: Kiburz]

Forgotten friend begotten: birthed of a disturbance in time & flourishing rot - flourishing in rot, swallowed by rot.
Constellations bellowed, my sorrow drowned by their laughter.
Track Name: Old Friend
Beyond the grey, the trees, and the leaves - benumbed, staggering through the sprawling hills. Oak, bobbing ashes, curious –

[Solo: Perez]
[Solo: Kruidenier]
[Solo: Madden]

This is but one woven world within a medley of revulsion
A scope unfathomable to the conscious mind

Eaten, willow…

Vines tore me off my feet and under the water again.

Ceaseless echoes of the violent sleep rang through the water, through the forest, away from the scratching limbs, beneath the forest floor, through the cave, through the cellar, far from home...

Flashes of the hag and the forest became a blur.

All at once, it stopped.

I looked back at the pain with the fondness of an old friend and I turned away.
I looked back at the years with the fondness of an old friend and turned away.
I looked to the bay, to the water.
Track Name: The Color Of My Memory
I crumbled the world with my fingertips
The cave collapsed & the cellar caved in.
The cottage gave way & the pond spiraled into emptiness
I shattered the world with my fingertips
and with the remaining pieces was a vague, foggy abyss once more.

[Solo: Kiburz]


I pulled my creeping hand from his mind and into the darkness I stepped back, I vanished.

It’s time to leave the land from which I grew.
I let you go.
It’s time to leave the land from which I knew.
I’ll let you go.

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