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Biolume Part 2 - The Golden Orb

by MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY

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sinistralsounds I feel in love with midnight odyssey when I heard Hidden in Tartarus for the first time. This album is a worthy successor and a strong follow up to an album that most would give up making a part 2 for. Favorite track: Below Horizon.
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stlh MO were always my band to go with "spiritual enlightenment".

However, Biolume Part 2 will forever hold a special place in my Heart for being the Soundtrack for reading ancient greek and roman Philosophy and helping me altogether to become a better and virtuous Person during a dark time.

Thank you Dis Pater! Favorite track: When The Fires Cool.
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Lorenzo An epic, nearly two hour long journey of atmospheric black metal made with an unique scope of heavy metal, doom, and even some more rock opera like moments. Triumphant in sound, and grandiose in execution, it is a long listen, but rewarding for its breadth of genres covered.
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1.
Dawn-Bringer 20:39
Amongst the ruins in this deep residing cave Steps forth a being, who is freed from his chains He looks up skyward at the early morning sky The blackened canvas greets his blinded eyes He feels a power, long-gone now returned And with a deep breath, feels desire burn The hopeless aeons have scattered like a dream The night winds blowing, calling from the east The titan rising, but his bones are still weak He has no strength, and cannot wander far He lurks in shadow and hides from the stars There lies a presence, that fills him with fear He senses daylight is growing ever near He bides his time, ’til tomorrow’s duskfall When the sun has gone Watching for the presence of the morning star Falling, when it is but the only one Watching for the glow of the morning light Hiding when the dawn breaks the night Watching from the cracks in the dark below Scanning all the stars in the sky Watching for the glow of the solar fires Hiding, in the safety of the dark The bright son of dawn Will herald the new day The other dim stars Will fade with the coming of the light The golden braids of the dawn light Will give all away These deeds of the night Must not be known The morning stars lowers To the ends of the sky He precedes his mother And ends the dark night He shines but the brightest His light burns so far A long night now over Rest morning star The fires of sunlight Will drain what is left Of the titan’s life-force And render his end “Oh wanderer you’ve helped me What I tell you is truth My past deeds I have paid for In silence and agony Go look for yourself At the sky turning soon The embers of daylight, they burn There are those who would seek to Have me chained for aeons more I pose no real danger I am weak, old and frail Don’t give into their deceitful words What they promise is not true They will trick thee, may your tongue be kept still” The morning stars lowers To the ends of the sky He precedes his mother And ends the dark night He shines but the brightest His light burns so far A long night now over Rest morning star The fires of sunlight Will drain what is left Of the titan’s life-force And render his doomed end The bright son of dawn Will herald the new day The other dim stars Will fade with the coming of the light The golden braids of the dawn light Will give all away These deeds of the night Must not be known Dawn-bringer
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Night is over soon The old titan looks towards the sky And though he’s escaped the chains He cannot leave his space confined Dawn has awoken Vines recede below Lights in the caves grow dim Down do the creatures crawl Please, please come follow me Now the morning comes And the heat returns Eyes, they follow me And they talk to him My wretched son Hide, don’t let the saffron dawn see you Come back down into the shade below Fly back up towards the stars and go Shade will save you from her jewel like eyes Time’s not on my side High her horses ride Shades soon disappear Deep the titan goes, so far below Break, the morning light You sense of my presence right away I have missed my chance To flee into the darkened world below
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Golden Orb 11:30
Rose of the morn’ You ride and bring forth the light Rising from throne lands in the ocean deep From east you fly On young Firebright and Daybright Why do your eyes look so unwelcoming These lands are cursed and I am drowned in fear Why has this wretched path led me to here The fire and darkness fight with little grace In holy war there is no resting place Dawn, what do you see? With whom do you speak? Don’t let him go Don’t let him flee I need to know Why he has come Who he has seen Now stands a titan tall And his eye is staring at me I feel his burning rage His light is overpowering I run to fleeting shade As the dark protects valiantly Dawn’s children heed his call Scalding winds blow angrily Mortal, what did you see? With whom did you speak? Did you let him go Or help set him free? You need to know How he had come Who he had been Here stands the titan tall And his eye is glaring at me I feel his surging rage His light is sharp and blinding There is no creeping shade As the dark descends cowardly Helios rises north And I fall down on my knees These lands are cursed and I am drowned in fear Why has this wretched path led me to here The fire and darkness fight with little grace In holy war there is no resting place I bow to him The Golden Orb With helmet gold And dazzling robes His stallions ride With bursts of fire His aureole Glows as he speaks
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He rose in tragedy Crowned in blood and patricidal prophecy His last son was hidden And there he grew to fulfil his true destiny He quietly came to me To seek a brethren to dispel his enemies But no, I could not agree His son would rise and overthrow this blasphemy Lord of thunder conquered and claimed his throne His father, in chains and banished Here his anguish has stained the soil His thoughts are clouded by years alone Rising the lord of thunder - rise Titans fall under his might Rise of Thunder
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Immortal though I am I am plagued by a wrath so cruel Spiteful, and hateful She left me With an endless flame Burning She cursed me She plagued me with untold desire Enchanting Bewitching Summoning a spell in ire Passion inflicted A thirst that will never be quenched My weakened Existence Was born from a jealous rage Burning She cursed me She plagued me with untold desire Enchanting Bewitching Summoning a spell in ire
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Old and crippled, he wants the world to see who he is, and not who he was He thought I would never be the one to see deep within the depths of the world I fought and won For his own son I travelled far The unconquered star Try as he might To keep out of sight My reach is far The unconquered star Stand here under the golden rays of my great power Bathe in the glow of stellar light and know I see all Know the old one, is from a moment in time that cannot be reborn As long as he lives, he’ll try to claim what once was his, and is no more I fought and won For his own son I travelled far The unconquered star Try as he might To keep out of sight My reach is far The unconquered star Stand here under the golden rays of my great power Bathe in the glow of stellar light and know I see all Dusk returns and I must descend below the waves of the ocean Night returns and my chariot must traverse back to the horizon
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To darkness I must return Where my eyes can no longer see My light shan’t touch this darkened land Where this wanderer walks free Our ancient order is crumbling And soon will turn upside down He knows not what is set For the days uncertain-bound When my chariot returns On the next barren dawn Will he help this titan rise To challenge his final born So off to the lord of the thunder As the eye I’ve seen it all I’ll speak the words of truth In those mighty marble halls Below Horizon And dawn who rides with me Who’s curse has left her weak This young mortal, enamoured Love’s pity she will seek Below Horizon This titan’s chains, now loose Shall bound this fool instead I’ll let him bare the madness Of a fullmoon night in dread When things come out to linger And feed in pale moonlight The air grows thick in poison As creatures toil and fight Now twilight falls upon them The titan hiding still I doubt he’ll care much for him This prophecy fulfilled
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The loosened chains from tartarus have now become mine Helios has punished me, for giving the old foe hope I loosened the chain and I’ll take the blame alone I stand here in darkness, bound to the rocks below I played with a fire, I knew so little of I mortal in soul, trapped in a titan world His glowing lights sink below the barren earth The crimson glow a rage which he has unleashed I loosened the chain and I’ll take the blame alone I stand here in darkness, bound to the rocks below I played with a fire, I knew so little of I mortal in soul, trapped in a titan world Dawn, looks back with a tear in her eye… I loosened the chain and I’ll take the blame alone I stand here in darkness, bound to the rocks below I played with a fire, I knew so little of I mortal in soul, trapped in a titan world
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When my fires burned, on that breaking dawn, my eye awakened to the world and the universe When I gazed upon, all the lands unknown and I felt a power deep within that helped all grow All came to know and revere me so, all would worship the light so blindly not knowing what’s to come When the fires cool, when the fires are no longer burning bright, the dark grows When the fires cool, when the fires retreat to the shadowed world and die When my eyes are closed, when the eye can no longer watch over your doomed world When the fires cool, when the fires see that there is nothing left Worlds have come and gone, gods now forgotten, wars and plagues have scourged the realm of men and the home of gods I’m the constant being, every day I bring, hope or fear to those who wait for me, days or months on end Though it’s life I bring, death is close within, worlds will one day see me coming near, and then disappear What is left of me, when my strength gives in, and the light turns dark inside of me, in the growing cold

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Among the most beloved and revered acts within the atmospheric metal field, Australia's MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY is back with “Biolume Part 2: The Golden Orb”, the second part of a trilogy started in 2019 with “Biolume Part 1: In Tartarean Chains.” The new album explores the themes of the sun, set within the context of classical mythology and in continuation from its predecessor.
“Whereas the first part was very much about creating one’s own light in the deepest tracts of darkness, the second part is about being confronted and embraced by nothing but light,” explains sole member Dis Pater. “The sun, Sol Invictus, Helios, the eye of Zeus (including his sister, Eos or Aurora, the dawn) are the light giving and all-seeing purveyors of the day.”
Featuring once again a sumptuous cover painting by Elijah Tamu, “The Golden Orb” tells the story of being exposed to the majestic and searing power of starlight, a burning and unbearable heat, like being chained in a desert. “Like our hot Australian summers,” Dis Pater continues, “it’s a harsh and uncomfortable place of being that brings to mind stories of the desert in ancient near-Eastern mythology and literature. And atop on his golden chariot is the Sun God himself, punishing with heat and thirst, drought and drying winds.”
Musically this is a different style to previous MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY releases. This time Dis Pater's main influences came from the epic heavy metal and doom of bands like SCALD and SOLSTICE (UK), but also from medieval music (such as chant, troubadour and trouveres music) and military style battle horns, with a dose of viking-era BATHORY.
“The album is about being punished for something and undergoing a cleansing of the mind, body and soul,” Dis Pater reflects. “It’s not in the Christian way of going to purgatory to enter heaven, but more akin to being part of an order of things, a natural law in the universe; a power that is balanced, and what happens when unknowingly dislodging that balance. This is about feeling the ultimate wrath of the sun god, and ultimately the complete insignificance of the human existence in the entire terms of universe, galaxy, space and time. We are at the mercy of the sun, life-giver and life-taker. The fires will come closer before they cool, but humanity will be gone by then. We would have long faced our reckoning.”

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released March 19, 2021

Dis Pater - all instruments and vocals

Mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, 2020
Cover painting by Elijah Tamu / Ikonostasis
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli
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