In Vengeful Reverence

by MOSS UPON THE SKULL

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Matthew Toye
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Matthew Toye One of the most interesting death metal albums I've heard in a while. The band really goes outside the usual tropes of the much beloved genre and reach for the multitude of possibilities and find success doing it. Favorite track: The Serpent Scepter.
Arrogant Bastard
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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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Ippocalyptica I, Voidhanger has an exceptional stable of black and death bands that skew toward the eccentric and progressive, and Moss Upon the Skull might just be one of the best pure death metal artists in its stable of talent. This is quite varied and thoughtful death metal that weaves effortlessly and adventurously around its central ideas without ever losing coherence or the listener’s interest. Riffs are heave and chunky, drums are pummelling, vocals are destructive - this is all-around well done! Favorite track: Unseen, Yet Allseeing.
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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Peristalith 03:55
(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
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(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
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(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
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(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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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.

credits

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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