Gnosis

by SPECTRAL LORE

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Grendel's Sÿster A Byzantine gem, shining with unearthly complexity, profundity and beauty. Favorite track: Gnosis' Journey Through The Ages.
Damien Knox
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Damien Knox A complete masterpiece. One of the best albums I’ve heard over last years. Way beyond regular metal genres. Really hope to hear more like that! Favorite track: A God Made Of Flesh And Consciousness.
miffomisu
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miffomisu Masterful. Technically and melodically, this is masterful Favorite track: Gnosis' Journey Through The Ages.
Ippocalyptica
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Ippocalyptica While we wait for the follow-up LP to III (one of the best black metal albums of the 2010s), Ayloss saw fit to grant us a series of experimental EPs that explored new musical terrain. Gnosis is still kind of black metal and these compositions have Ayloss’ stamp, but this is really a slower and more hypnotic work evidently made to encourage deep contemplation. Vocals are buried, lyrics are worth reading, bass is very prominent, and melodies are beautiful and often haunting. Excellent work. Favorite track: A God Made Of Flesh And Consciousness.
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ant4gonist Sounds like a synthesis of Paysage d'Hiver and Loudovikos ton Anogeion, as weird as that may seem.
One of the best black metal records after the nineties. Favorite track: Dualism.
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1.
Dualism 08:52
Worn down by the frantic stillness of modernity The soul yearns for desire One that is slowly fading, beneath the loss of meaning. So complex, conflicting, the wants of man The pleasures of flesh, nature's decree No less than the longing of the spirit For everything that is out of this world For that which destroys the predictability of this world For that which unchains the eternal laws, which prohibit eternity and infinity. These notions, existing only in the human mind, Rise above the programmed, unfolding matter of the cosmos Yet, they still emerge out of the flesh, dependent, And cease a moment after it fails. Are we truly then, a part of this world Or are we, the Children of Matter, Perishing aimlessly, by the hand of our own parent Their wondrous plane destroyed again and again For it is desire, not observation, that the soul is eternal Rationality speaks to my ego To battle with death, to hate the frail flesh To aim for the transfiguration of my being To conquer eternity and infinity The Cosmos speaks to my soul To embrace body and love, to be a sentinel of life And willingly join with All, in eternity and infinity Renouncing identity and person-hood Can these perspectives be reconciled? When every action sways towards one or the other Or is it self-deceit to search for a middle path?
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Man's soul is an enigma. A part of the cosmos, yet so different to it. An eye that looks beyond the flesh A mind that creates a new dimension, That of forms and ideas. What is more natural, Than to walk even further On the uphill path That led us here. Wisdom soars through the ages The eye that sees the world as it is Made from it, yet not of it Owned by no one, it binds us as one Unveiling the eternal threads that connect us. The inner truth, beyond what is experienced, Is an object to behold, yet not an object in itself, But the relation in-between, the shadow and the sun, The word and the meaning, one being and another, The direction of the universe's flow. Through Gnosis it is brought back into life, A cycle complete. Oh Goddess, lead me into your heart Let me bring you pregnant light Let it descend through the heavens then again, To lay on the fertile seed of the future. Earth and Space. Body and Consciousness. Eros and Logos. Man and Culture. Parts and Whole. Emerging, all-encompassing, concentric circles. Show me these moments When the layers converge And inspiration forms. The right order for the path to the stars. Humanity needs a purpose that is outside of her. The mind flies away, out of this planet, Into far away galaxies, into timeless domains. What is our part in the greater scheme of it all? I yearn for transformation.
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Aristoteles through the eye of Averroes. Averroes through the eye of Borges. Borges through the eye of Me. A line that passes through the ages, eroded By loss of memory, border of culture, consciousness isolated Partially pregnant, partially sterile. Let me become a bridge between the East and the West.
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What is it that we crave? Nothing less than eternal life, An untiring soul, an unfading pleasure The survival of identity, of memory The never-ending growth of person-hood. Yet, is transcendence really more of the same Or a state unimaginable by current perspective? I am no longer satisfied by ruminations of awe Of knowledge partial and fragmented I must become what I have envisioned The structures emerge from below Each higher one, a union of multiplicity In which dynamics are not destroyed But opposites are held together In conditional, creative balance The reconciliation of Self and Whole. You are the inspirited matter, the last circle You encompass all of the universe's forces inside you. You have foreseen the Absolute. You can create the Absolute. As atoms (matter) converge, life emerges. Αs life grows, consciousness (soul) evolves. As consciousness awakes (through Gnosis), spirit arises. As spirits (post-humans) converge, God will emerge. A God made of flesh and consciousness. A moment of the utmost complexity, beauty and power. A supreme intelligence, a Noosphere, a Singularity. Consistent of, but beyond individuality. Is this to be the End? Or just another step forward in the unending, spiral staircase of infinity.
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For Aleppo 09:22
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“Gnosis” is the second part in a series of shorter and more experimental releases that SPECTRAL LORE has undertaken for 2015, each focusing on a specific style, as opposed to a regular SL full-length, which is a collection of several kinds of music. The album was born out of the idea of experimenting with oriental music, using metal instrumentation. It was decided by Ayloss not to formally study the music beforehand, but to invoke an unconscious remembrance of it, in order to get it out distorted and mixed with the elements of metal and western scales.

This concept brought forth several ideas, which became the basis for not only the lyrics of the album, but for a wider philosophical and spiritual meditation which took place around the making of the album. “Gnosis” is a greek word meaning “Knowledge” and is used in the sense of mystical enlightenment. The synthesis of opposites, of conscious and unconscious, of the seemingly opposing cultures of East and West, of body and “soul”, rationality and irrationality, to attain higher levels of reality. “Gnosis” goes as far as to propose a kind of evolutionary, emerging (out of matter) spirituality, in which man lies in an important place as part of the cosmos.

The vocals in this release are not uttered but performed as spaced-out whispers and screams, to further enhance the tension between current and transitory states. Mastered by Colin Marston of Krallice fame, “Gnosis” also features two compositions of acoustic nature, including actual oriental instruments such as tamboura and darbuka. Although the album’s length reaches 49 minutes, it was decided to be called an EP to keep up with the initial concept and to point out its experimental nature.

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released December 7, 2015

All music and lyrics by Ayloss, 2015

Recorded and mixed at Stellar Auditorium
Mastered by Colin Marston

Cat. Nr. IVR050

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