Carrier of Poison Apples

by BENIGHTED IN SODOM

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BENIGHTED IN SODOM is the most long-lived project of Reuben Christopher Jordan, aka Matron Thorn, founder of ÆVANGELIST, OBSCURING VEIL, DEVIL WORSHIPPER, PRÆTERNATURA, DEATH FETISHIST and OBLIVION GATE, as well as an ex-member of LEVIATHAN, CHAOS MOON and BETHLEHEM. Existing since 2006 -and since then filtering black metal through the lens of shoegaze rock and darkwave- BENIGHTED IN SODOM have always been Jordan's most personal project, a mirror of his existential malaise, and a tool of necessary catharsis. With this in mind, “Carrier of Poison Apples” could be the band's magnum opus, a ride into the darkest hour of the night exploring Jordan's lonely corner of the earth, where no dream is forsaken and love is as tenebrous as darkness.

“The album is nothing but the story of myself as a person, though it's relatable for anyone,” he explains. “We all live in an age where everyone is trying to out-occult each other with elaborate artworks made to look like their little heavy metal album was created in some old century and filled with esoteric knowledge. Its escapism like anything else, but the esoteric knowledge in 'Carrier Of Poison Apples' doesn't come from a manuscript or grimoire, it's from a lifetime of terrible events, living among strangers, criminality, transcendent depths of obsession, substance abuse, lust, violence, and other everyday parts of my life.”

Melancholic without being sterilely depressive, in “Carrier Of Poison Apples” BENIGHTED IN SODOM melt the black metal sensibility of their early years with vigorous rock vibes, goth-tinged melodies and a hypnotic, shuffling vocal performance that keep the emotional tension always high. The result sounds like a psychedelic, drug-addicted version of BETHLEHEM or LIFELOVER, wrapped in a grunge rock shroud and stuffed with too many sleeping pills, as it happens in the cover of “Heart-Shaped Box” (NIRVANA), a slow-core number on the verge of decay.

“The album is both perfect and imperfect at the same time, because I needed to preserve the nature of who I am in some sense,” Matron Thorn says. “This den of strangers and criminals, the insane and guilty, the lost and disturbed, it's full of promises made and kept by sinners too sick for heaven and looking each to hitchhike back to Hell."

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released December 13, 2019

Written, performed and recorded by Matron Thorn

Cover art by Reuben Christopher Jordan
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli
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Cat. Nr. IVR123

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Track Name: Last Stop On My Way To Hell
Satan, take the wheel, I'm on uncharted waters now
And I wonder what will be the heavy sin to sink me down
This vessel's lost it's way, only left for me to drown

Too dark to see
Too far to swim
Too deep to wade
For fear

Satan, take the wheel, I'm on uncharted waters now
And I wonder what will be the heavy sin to sink me down

Carry on now
Carry on now
Carry on now
Lead me to your inner peace
Track Name: Dead by 33
My mother said if I keep this up
I'll be dead by 33
The doctor said that if I don't stop
I'll be dead by 33
My girlfriend begged me to get some help
Or I'll be dead by 33
I always knew that I'd fuck up
And become a corpse on their TV

And if you knew what I was really like
You wouldn't try to stop me
And if you could, live through my life
You wouldn't wanna live past 33

Never thought I'd make it baby
Never thought I'd live this long
Always thought I'd lose you baby
After so much went so wrong
Never thought I'd make it baby
Never thought I'd live to tell
Cheated death for a thousand years
And now I find myself in Hell

And if you knew what I was really like
You wouldn't try to stop me
And if you could, live through my life
You wouldn't wanna live past 33

My mother said if I keep this up
I'll be dead by 33
The doctor said that if I don't stop
I'll be dead by 33
My girlfriend begged me to get some help
Well she died at 33
I always knew that I'd fuck up
And become a corpse on their TV
Track Name: Open Heart, Open Grave
Yeah, when the ferryman comes to take me, there's a death knell ringing
All my secrets known, my paradise is a ship that's sinking
Yeah when the sun sets down, these lonely eyes will see you leaving
All my childhood dreams come crashing down completely

Carved out for you from myself an open heart
The hole it made became my open grave
Track Name: World Without Mend
Too close to the sun
I'm burning alive
Everything I ever wanted
Is now eating me alive

Is it worth all this?
I'm suffering
Is it worth all this?
I'm fading away...

"Foolishly falling, I'm bruised and broken
Not much was left that was useful, and then
Blood was traded with each other,
And it called to me somehow..."

"Face down in the dirt... wouldn't you like to be?
Face down in the dirt, wouldn't you want to be?"
Track Name: Raised Southern Baptist
"Go I will make you fishers of SINS
Stray thee behind you, to the grace of Satan"

And the devil did tempt Christ in the desert
So was I tempted to taste the forbidden fruit
Your flawless flesh is the ultimate deception
To my ultimate undoing

She said she would show me beautiful things
Sold my soul knowing she was lying to me
"Go, I will make you a fisher of SIN
Stray thee behind you, to the gaze of Satan"

And I did wander...
And wander...
And wander...

I wandered so far, I forgot where I was even going
I wandered until there was no more road left to wander
And only when I was lost did I find where I was truly meant to be

When I was young,
I was raised Southern Baptist
And I did wander
"You'll wander far..." she said

And the devil did tempt Christ in the desert
So was I tempted to taste your forbidden fruit
Your flawless flesh is the ultimate deception
To my ultimate undoing

"Go I will make you fishers of SINS
Stray thee behind you, to the grace of Satan"
She said she would show me beautiful things
Sold my soul knowing she was lying to me

When I was young,
I was raised Southern Baptist
And I did wander
"You'll wander far..." she said
Track Name: That Heroin Sleep
It was the best sleep I ever had
But it left everyone so very sad
It was the last dream I ever had
And it left me so very glad!

I dreamt an empty void

Yeah, gotta get that heroin, that heroin sleep...

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