Carrier of Poison Apples

by BENIGHTED IN SODOM

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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
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Dead by 33 06:18
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
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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
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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?"
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"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
6.
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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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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