In Vengeful Reverence

by MOSS UPON THE SKULL

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Arrogant Bastard This is an absolute gem! A sterling example of musicianship and template I hope they continue to explore.
A death metal base, embedded with elements of thrash, doom, black, and hints of progressive. The guitar tone is exceedingly alluring. While most bands adopt a "moar distortion equals moar heavy" mentality, these raucous gents tantalize with chunky, bright, almost '80's thrash tones and still bring down the house with the heavy. Favorite track: The Serpent Scepter.
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destroy all rational thought... This is the most masterful work of art ever etched into the monolithic visage of Metal, I can die now...
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Adam Hill Was absolutely floored by these two tracks, cannot wait to hear the whole thing. If each and every track is as good as these, we will have a serious contender here.
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Dave Aftandilian Powerful, organic death-doom evocations of nature-driven apocalypse. Finally, the day of reckoning has come. The mountains gnash their teeth, raining boulders down upon the ore-rapists and their fragile cities of gold. Ancient trees wrap their gnarled limbs around the chainsaw-wielders and squeeze…. Mosses creep forth, smothering every human that moves upon the earth. Then all is still, and the sun beams down upon a world renewed.
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klBlk Easily one of the most unique death metal bands today offering an original take on dissonant songwriting and a progressive take on a genre saturated with uniformity. Excellent arranging provides an arc throughout the entire album and keeps the listener engaged, not once does it fall flat. A true gem. Favorite track: The Serpent Scepter.
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Deluxe 4-panel digipack CD, 16-page booklet with lyrics and extra art. Cover by JF Lemay Illustration
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Belgium's MOSS UPON THE SKULL emerged in 2010 from the same swamps on which Brussels was founded, with the intent of playing unconventional, progressive death metal with a strong focus on philosophy, spiritualism, decay, and the mysteries of nature and the after-life.
After two promising EP's, the band is back with a revelatory first full-length, “In Vengeful Reverence”, heavily influenced by esoteric, alchemical principles and alternative history, as put forward by luminaries like Michael Tsarion, Terrence McKenna, Aleister Crowley, or John Dee. “The album title refers to dealing with frustration, hardship or threat, not in an emotional way but with serene rationality, in order to overcome the adversity and remove the cause of the challenge,” explains singer/guitarist Jef Van de Weghe. “The blue flame concept informing the album represents the release of anger and frustration in a constructive and creative way. It makes sense to channel these energies into manipulating the world around us to serve our purpose, call it magick or willpower.”

Music-wise, MOSS UPON THE SKULL's dissident death metal takes inspiration from the works of GORGUTS, PESTILENCE and MORBID ANGEL, among the others, but the Belgians enrich the intricate structures of their music with black metal nuances and unique melodic flourishes, while a superlative and overtly technical rhythm section works in unison with inventive guitars, aggressive growls and sporadic dark synths.
A perfect equilibrium of brutality, elegance and creativity within a death metal context, “In Vengeful Reverence” is surely going to put MOSS UPON THE SKULL on the map of today's most original metal bands.

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released October 19, 2018

MOSS UPON THE SKULL is:
Jo - Vocals
Jef - Guitars, Vocals & Keys
Mathijs - Bass & Vocals
Jense - Drums

Drums, bass & rhythm guitar recorded by Jeroen Nees at GAM studios. Lead guitar, 2nd rhythm guitar and keys recorded by Jef Van de Weghe at The Crypt. Acoustic guitars on 'Unseen, Yet Allseeing' recorded by Jeroen Nees at Wooolf Sounds. Vocals recorded by Jeroen Nees at Wooolf Sounds. Mixed & Mastered by Damian Herring at Subterranean Watchtower in 2018.

All music by Moss Upon The Skull.

Cover art by JF Lemay Illustration
Photography by Kevin Baert
Logo by Tristan Van Dorsselaer
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli

Moss Upon The Skull plays organic dissident death metal exclusively.
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Cat. Nr. IVR102

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Track Name: Reverse Celebration
(Lyrics – Tristan)

I’m incompatible to all your needs
Detracting from all you believe
Look for me nearby and I’ll be far away
The distant perfector, the truth to your lies

I am opposition eternal sworn in on a black stone
My holy name is written in the book of the dissident

But I might try
And speak stones
So take heed
That they not beat out your brains
And break not your bones

Instead
Let them take away delusions
From before your eyes
Or let what is now heard
Be a grave oration

Cursed with blessings
Crushing and dreadful
Blessed by curses
Threatening and truthful

By rays of the stars
Rights of negation
In times of impurity
Reverse celebration

But I might try
And speak stones
So take heed
That they not beat out your brains
And break not your bones

Instead
Let them take away delusions
From before your eyes
Or accept what is now heard
Be a grave oration

Arrogant slaves who cloak
Under that venerable title of intelligent life
Horrible and irrelevant
You cluster around a crumbling throne

Cursed with blessings
Crushing and dreadful
Blessed by curses
Threatening and truthful

Always the other side of all that exist
Know only dissonance
Whatever the thought may be
I do not agree
Track Name: Disintegrated
(Lyrics – Jef)

Highborn kings of old
Trapped in foreign shells
Forced to comply
To laws not of their making
From far beyond the veil they came
And sentenced by their fate they remain
To a lifetime of submission
Infernal torrents rise within
To send into perdition
The subjects of their wrathful sin
To be conquered by the easily seduced
Dreadful ceremony unfolds
To be shamed before the eternal gods
Silent suffering no more-ah!

In submission disaffected
Forever they scorn defeat
Through fire resurrected
No longer their pride must bleed

Raging essence
Conceiled within
Released once more
Consumed by sin

Vitriolic bile corrodes integrity
Turning it into
Simulated grace without sincerity
Like needles to the eyes

Shards of fractured light
Penetrate the inner sanctum
Defiling perpetually standing
Monuments of eternal wisdom
Hear the testimony of the arcane
Silenced by decades of servitude

Ancient realms disintegrated
Still former might stands consecrated
Brilliant crowns now torn asunder
Sacred temples forever plundered
Track Name: Impending Evil
(Lyrics – Jef)

“Fear not, I shall not deceive”
Whispered the wolf unto the lambs
Eager they seem to believe
Quickly they extend their hands

Impending evil ever looms
Sovereigns made to crawl like worms
Impending evil soon consumes
Overlords with crowns unearned
Streams of merciless light commune
Ashes scattered pervasively
Plasmic vortex obscures the full moon
Victims howling abrasively

Malicious priests of misfortune
Bring forth the maelstrom of fire
Sacrilegious Covenant of Death
Woven between the worldly and spiritual realms
Treacherous, impervious clauses compose
The Eternal Manuscript of Set

None are immune to nuclear devastation
What once was immaculate is now tainted by obscurity
Reduced to elemental non-existence
All force of life is utterly destroyed
Track Name: Lair Of The Hypocrite
(Lyrics – Tristan)

Engulfed in adoration
Praise of the sick bestowed on you
Their psalms a negation
Of all wisdom once held true
Choirs in misery enraptured sing
To the demise of honour and honesty

Each new year brings a fresh hell
Lies and deceit the least of their sins
The overlord so demands it

Two faced breed can't help but comply

And the mighty look on in admiration
As our spirit is crushed according to their rule

In the lair of the hypocrite

I will not be the effigy
For the visions of these madmen, (so impure)
I shall be their enemy
For stillborn are their ways
And numbered are their days

Engulfed in adoration
Praise of the sick bestowed on you
Their psalms a negation
Of all wisdom once held true
Choirs in misery enraptured sing
To the demise of honour and honesty

Each new year brings a fresh hell
Lies and deceit the least of their sins
The overlord so demands it

Whores of a lesser reign
Awaiting the thousands of victims
Cast upon these wretched shores
To be trapped forever
In the lair of the hypocrite

I will not be the effigy
For the visions of these madmen, (so impure)
I shall be their enemy
For stillborn are their ways
And numbered are their days
Track Name: Serving The Elite
(Lyrics – Tristan)

We think in suns
Feel in centuries
Bow at the shrine of indifference
Now is the time to share
An enormous anthem of death for the unworthy
Failures in every dimension but experts at misery

Their names speak of dread
Let them go unheard

Their gift of weakness unreceived
Ye undeceived drink of the essence denied and forgotten
Burning hate awakens the sleeper
Ancient supremacy
Crushing rules of ignorance
Carved into stone
Erased by destiny

Serving the elite

As we’ve seen and understood
We carry the sigil of abysses long crossed
Our minds radiant with discipline
Serving the elite

Oh you pitiful adversaries
Whose only strength lies in numbers
Flee your temples
No longer a sanctuary but a silent tomb
Consecrated to our reign

Serving the elite
Track Name: Peristalith
(Lyrics – Tristan)

Pathways into the mourning
Formless messengers now awake
A procession of weeping entities
Leads me through all the ages

Silver protects me
Fire transports me

Liberation
Day of blood
Song of visions
Mysteries

Cut through a mountain
And crown the earth with stones
This circle becomes a portal

Silver protects me
Fire transports me

I walk through this wall of sacred enclosure
Here the elements receive grace
By sacrificial rites
The seven gates now revealed
This glorious instant is mine
No restraint or empty words can trap me ever again

I see now among the shades there is another life
I now attend the ceremony
A true master of death

Our blood awaits
Transformation without end
Primal unity restored
Peristalith
Track Name: The Serpent Scepter
(Lyrics – Jef)

Deception
The treachery runs deep
Caduceus
Sends the awake to sleep

Announcing their demise
Mercury about to rise
Announcing their demise
Silencing their cries

In prophecies foretold
Seven years of dread
To he who wields
The serpent scepter
Seven years of descent
Into madness and despair
In prophecies foretold
The signs now to behold

Golden idols
Revered in vain
Snakes entwined
Malice maintained
Inside the temple
Infernal gate
Congregation
Condemned by fate
Track Name: Spheres Of Malevolence
(Lyrics – Jense)

Gazing across red-desert sands
Heeding call those once beloved
These blurred images of angelic purity
Yearning to come to fruition

Instead rotting away devoured by the scum of the earth
Welcome to the spheres of malevolence

The enormous void that encapsulates all that is hidden beneath

The vast black chapel in front
Seeking out the ones of a hideous frailty

Obscuring needs one's inner self
Stuck this parallel dimension
Hunted by the foulest of ghouls
Staring straight into the depths of your soul

Dragged away... into nothingness
Delivered unto... the powers that be
Coldness has awakened the beast

Welcome to the spheres of malevolence
Enter now the spheres of malevolence
Track Name: Unseen, Yet Allseeing
(Lyrics – Jef)

Bewitched by the unending sky
Galaxies unfold
Journey beyond space and time
Revelations remain
Many times untold

Hidden behind the veil
Cosmic matter transforms
Into spectres unseen
Yet they remain allseeing

Universal essence
Never to be found
In outer regions of
Limited perception

Existential questions
Forever they astound
Through zealous development of
Ultimate deception

Many more dissecting eyes required
Than mirrors of eternal fire

Before the genesis
Beyond the terminus

Awaits merciless fate
Ever watchful
Righteously irate
Never ceasing to perceive
Never failing to bereave

Revered celestial bodies
Guide the way to wisdom
Yet carelessly proceed
Into certain oblivion
Clouds of death
Steal the breath
Of the suns and the stars

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