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Biolume Part 1 - In Tartarean Chains


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For centuries, the last of the wandering Bodies within the stars Was but a tiny flicker Its secret, its grandeur Hidden for so long to the eyes Of mortals below Layers of ice and layers of cloud Orbit around The true nature of your past Is hidden in Tartarus Oh burning titan, so far from the sun Your glow is feint to the eyes of men Oh slumbering giant, sixth from our star Your past is faint to the minds of men Oh deposed ruler, so long since your rule Your son sits bright in the hearts of gods Once mighty king, bringer of the golden age No age shall be so great in the folly of men Postquam Saturno tenebrosa in Tartara misso sub Iove mundus erat, subiit argentea proles, auro deterior, fulvo pretiosior aere (Ovid, Metamorphoses, Bk 1, 115) (After Saturn had been banished to the dark land of death, and the world was under the say of Jove, the silver race came in, lower in the scale than gold, but of greater worth than yellow brass) Oh mighty harvester, a god so bountiful Your radiance brought wealth to gods Oh wretched leader, driven mad by prophecy Your children brought war to the realm of gods Oh besieged emperor, your army Were banished to the prison of gods Oh ancient entity, you’ve been usurped Your kingdom is left to the deeds of men
I wake, from travelling through the voids In darkness, this land before my eyes So barren, lifeless and formless I know not of where I am The expansive night sky grows ever cooler This world must I now call home? An endless plain of dust and soil The sense of exile now slowly dawns World unholy, mankind’s folly Banish me and here I’ll remain Time will pass by, left here to die My soul burns as the wind devours The wind devours… Chains unholy, minds ignore me Punish me and here I’ll remain Stars will pass by, far in the sky My soul burns as I reach the end Fallen, I wear the eternal mask of desolation Chosen, to be cast aside, and forever silenced Burdened, to be made a wanderer, between the worlds Undone, the bonds that united flesh and soul World unholy, mankind’s folly Banish me and here I’ll remain Time will pass by, left here to die My soul burns as the wind devours
Biolume 12:16
I look to the stars and I see the moonlight, it guides me to a path What once was soil, now crawls with nightlife, hell worms, vines and spores Their darkened bodies reflect all the moonlight and illuminate the way In the midst of night the world comes alive, and I don’t feel so alone Come light the way A forbidden place No eyes should see Hidden far beneath An inner glow A poisoned growth Mesmerized, they lead I follow The flickers of the light, form and dance around me, I traverse willingly I can see the torn remnants of vines, an overgrowth of waste They feast in a frenzy, consuming their fill, consumed soon themselves Am I just the awestruck prey to the beasts of lunar decay 'Come with me, dance to the light in the gloom’ Sings a voice so ancient ‘Come to me, come for the sun rises soon, He will hunt you too’ The silver moonlight, dims and fades away, to an ominous hue Sanguine, vermilion, the land is stained, and the creatures writhe in pain Moans of agony, like wails upon the wind, seep from the ground below The lights have faded, and the path has come to a shadowed end 'Come with me, dance to the light in the gloom’ Sings a voice so ancient ‘Come to me, come for the sun rises soon, He will hunt you too’ ‘Hide from him, hide from his light, its your doom’ Sings a voice so shaken ‘Come to me, come for the sun rises soon, He will hunt you too’
Heavens on fire The sunder of the sky The goddess of moonlight Her fury now unleashed I know not, this anger So mighty, and vengeful The night winds, grow monstrous A furious call beckons them forth A storm before A fiery dawn A burning haze A fire reborn Oh lunar queen What is this madness? What is this infernal storm? What shattered your serenity, what clawed at your soul? Are you the one who called to me? Are you the one who beckoned me? Are you the one who, are you the one who, Are you the one who summoned me? Are you the one who’s hunting me? Are you the one who’s threatening me? Are you the one who, are you the one who, Are you the one who’s luring me? Oh lunar queen Why do you cower Now that the sun’s returning? Is his radiance, the source of your craze? Is he the one who called to me? Is he the one who beckoned me? Is he the one who, is he the one who, Is he the one who summoned me? Is he the one who’s hunting me? Is he the one who’s threatening me? Is he the one who, is he the one who, Is he the one who’ll devour me?
In shadows, a stairwell Whose trail mysteriously descends A large stone entrance An opening in depths yet revealed Majestic, yet humbled Withered, but sturdy he stands there A Giant, in stature Of golden age descended, a lost heir A ruler banished His silver chains weaken his old bones Time and age immemorial His name long forgotten, now unknown A prison well hidden A world removed, so far away No mortal shall remember No god shall fear or tremble Majestic, emboldened Strengthened and firm he rises tall A giant, who bellows An ancient prayer awakens and remembers A proud god, imprisoned His tarnished chains loosen and crumble Escaping his prison The sky long forgotten, the moonlight...
When titans fall, they leave a deafening void of maniacal desire And quickly the rats that are mortals, scurry to take their share, a lair of filth A never ending web of scum remains, the age that is left is one of despair In time long ago, men would revere his name, and bow down in praise He brought upon an age of wonder, and a deeper understanding of the universe All beings knew their place, and never strayed from their mortal destiny But God’s, like men, grow jealous and thirst something that is more And all that is left of an old god, withers away in solitary gloom A growing resentment of those he meant to rule burns inside The past comes back and will haunt those who choose to forget The blood on the fools hand can never stay hidden forever
As night calls upon me A frozen shade, crawls beside me I can sense the ever distant glowing light But I cannot help to feel I’ve lost I had hope, I had plenty of fire Here in the middle of the falling universe I was the hand in the sculpting of all life But I cannot help to think it’s over I will never call your name I will never look up high As soon as the full moon sings at dark I would never wish you harm I would never be that one As soon as the light reveals my faults I could never break the vow I could never leave it all As soon as the angels sang alone I will always walk the path I will always know your voice As soon as the shadow stalks above And the cold chill surrounds me And the winds blow softly On the air I can hear the horns of time They are blowing, marching into my mind I am old, I will surely soon expire The stars are watching from their distant astral realm I was a god, I stood on pillars in the sky But they crumbled beneath a burden


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Four years after their second album, the highly acclaimed “Shards Of Silver Fade”, MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY return with “Biolume Part I – In Tartarean Chains”, the first in a trilogy of albums exploring the themes of banishment and exile, of fallen gods and resentment, of sacrifice and despair. A representation of things that have been taken from us, and the desire to return to a previous embodiment or form.
Once again, sole member Dis Pater recounts the ultimate journey through death in the shade of a Nature apparently indifferent, yet always compassionate in its embrace and glorious in its beauty . “When coming up with the ideas for Biolume, I was thinking of how the relationship of light and darkness are tied together,” explains the Australian musician. “In the darkest caves, the deepest parts of the ocean, there are lights which are produced by organisms, with no need for the sun. Darkness is seen as a place of banishment, you are expelled from the light. To survive you have to create your own light, which no matter how faint, enables you to see enough of what you need.”

Graced with a visionary cover painting by the inimitable Elijah Tamu, “Biolume Part I - In Tartarean Chains” follows in the footsteps of MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY's previous works, offering nocturnal melodies of cosmic proportions solemnly raising from black and doom metal dungeons, spread across carpets of dark electronics. “I wouldn't call it a more straightforward album, but it is certainly more focused," Dis Pater says. "I consider this the beginning of the second chapter of Midnight Odyssey, with a familiar sound but new texture.”
And concludes: “There's a level of spite in this album that I don’t feel I’ve properly expressed before. This is the music I’m singing and performing not as an entertainer, but as a messenger of death, as a temporary vessel with whom the universe channels its most darkest and hidden truths.”


released November 1, 2019


Dis Pater - all instruments and vocals

Mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony
Cover painting by Elijah Tamu / Ikonostasis
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli
Cat. Nr. IVR120


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