Shards Of Silver Fade

by MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY

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x0riente Music to get lost in, somewhere between distant nebulae and newborn stars. Ambience, expanse and blackened cosmic strings. And yes, I feel elevation here - an almost sacred aura, revealing threads of promise within its initial bleakness. There's a strange comfort in these solemn manifestations of our own insignificance, and if you're looking for something to guide you through the wonders and nights of this incredible existence, you should definitely check this out.
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Adam Sweeney The soundtrack to the ultimate fate of mankind, "Shards of Silver Fade" is a genuine magnum opus and a staggering achievement! Favorite track: Starlight Oblivion.
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dezttripador1 Masterpiece!! Fantastic journey. All tracks are favorite.
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1.
In darkness I stand A world extinct An ocean of nothingness And slowly I sink No air to embrace me No warmth to feel And feeling is absent A numbness concealed Beneath an ocean Of ice and dust A plain of frozen Earthen crust I come to this world From a land so far Where daylight is fading From a frozen star And mountains shall move And the earth subside From a frozen wasteland To another inside I hear of ancient people Whose whispers have grown But no one shall listen They remain unknown Their words speak of anger And the end of our time No one will heed them They rashly decline I come to this world From a land so far Where daylight is fading From a frozen star And mountains shall move And the earth subside From a frozen wasteland To another inside I heard these voices But saw no mouths The words like fountains Came pouring out: “You can’t escape the mighty True lord of death He’ll come for you no matter He’ll come at my behest He’ll come and rip your heart out Beating from your chest This is his frozen wasteland And you are now his guest” He’ll come for you At my behest This is his frozen wasteland And you are now his guest In darkness I stand A world extinct An ocean of nothingness And slowly I sink No air to embrace me No warmth to feel And feeling is absent A numbness concealed Beneath an ocean Of ice and dust A plain of frozen Earthen crust I heard these voices But saw no mouths The words like thunder Came roaring out: "You can’t escape The true lord of death He’ll come for you At my behest He’ll rip your heart out Beating from your chest This is his frozen wasteland And you are now his guest” I come to this world From a land so far Where daylight’s fading From a frozen star And mountains shall move And the earth subside From a frozen wasteland To another inside I hear ancient Whispers have grown But none shall listen They remain unknown I come to this world From a land so far Where daylight is fading From a frozen star And mountains shall move And the earth subside From a frozen wasteland To another inside
2.
Forever poised He rides the darkened skies An eternal cycle A chase of endless dawns Oh how the hunter rides The celestial waves He draws his peerless sword And hunts his prey But hidden far beyond A foe in shadows To hunt the hunted To lurk and not be seen… To turn a blind eye And never see The claws of doom Forever coming for you Oh how the hunter rides The celestial waves He draws his peerless sword And hunts his prey But hidden far beyond A foe in shadows To hunt the hunted To lurk never to be seen… And his father is the ocean He can skim across the seas His blade is always at the ready He strikes swift and clean But the shadow grows stronger In the eyes of those scorned His threats unabated The death of all wild born And from the earthen depths A creature is released Of pincers and poison A creeping death is unleashed Blade is sharpened, belt fastened, eyes hardened Mind is weakened, and blind to the dark Creature crawling with a burning tail sting Hunter roaming, not knowing what lurks Creature rising, tail biting, claws tightening Hunter falling, with a last painful scream Blade is sharpened, belt fastened, eyes hardened Mind is weakened, and blind to the dark Creature crawling with a burning tail sting Hunter roaming, not knowing what’s lurking Creature rising, tail biting, claws tightening Hunter falling, with a last painful scream
3.
Come and see him ascend Come and see his end Watch the flames ahead Slowly fall to the lands Below… Come and see him descend Come and see the end Come and see, come and join the dead Below… Sors tua mortalis, non est mortale, quod optas "Thy lot is mortal, not for mortals is that thou askest" Magna petis, Phaethon, et quae nec viribus istis munera conveniant nee tam puerilibus annis "Thou askest too great a boon, Phaethon, and one which does not befit thy strength and those so boyish years" Sors tua mortalis, non est mortale, quod optas "Thy lot is mortal, not for mortals is that thou askest" Ne dubita! Dabitur (Stygias iuravimus undas), quodcumque optaris; sed tu sapientius opta! "Nay, doubt it not, it shall be given, we have sworn it by the styx, whatever thou dost choose. But, oh make wiser choice" Medio est altissima caelo, unde mare et terras ipsi mihi saepe videre fit timor et pavida trepidat formidine pectus "In mid-heaven it is exceeding high, whence to look down on sea and land oft-times causes even me to tremble" Phoebe, pater… O lux inmensi publica mundi, Phoebe pater "O common light of this vast universe, Phoebus my father" Your fearful words I will heed This flaming chariot shall ride But not too high to burn the skies Nor too low to scorch the earth Between the Serpent and the Altar Passing the Bull and the Archer Escaping the maws of Leo And the Claws of Cancer The dawn now summons Mounted, reins in hand, I must ride… But my mortal weight feels like freedom To the horses, they pull and steer As if no one was riding, and so they veer From the course, to the earth, and burn the land below And so I descend… Diffugiant stellae, quarum agmina cogit Lucifer et caeli statione novissimus exit "The stars all flee away and the morning star closes their ranks as, last of all, he departs from his watch-tower in the sky"
4.
Alone, I hear a voice so young Who comes from a time so old Whose words have haunted me For so long Hidden in night’s dark shade Covered from gazing eyes Heard only by the wind A ghost that wanders the night In the night, it calls out aloud to me And it cries To face the anguish of the dead Of a child so torn Taken from a mother’s hands The flesh, long lifeless, decays The soul, that rises, aware A ghost now deadens the air Neque avelli possunt, nox umida donec invertit caelum stellis ardentibus aptum "And they cannot tear themselves away till the dewy night rolls round the heaven, inset with gleaming stars" (Virgil, Aeneid, Book XI, 201)
5.
In colder dreams An eon away Darker be the night And never be the day The ever fainting moonlight Brightens up the skies But every passing hour The fire slowly dies I am waiting in a colder dream I’m frozen in time Feel the fire that will never be I’m fading away To the dark and hidden void I will not return To the warm and glowing rays Of a star who once shined An air of silence falls As I take a final breath A last gasp of steam I lay my eyes to rest I feel the sudden footsteps Of people gathering A darkened sheet, a veil Covers as they sing I am waiting in a colder dream I’m frozen in time Feel the fire that will never be I’m fading away To the dark and hidden void I will not return To the warm and glowing rays Of a star who once shined Asleep is the fire Pavidum leti genus humanum cogis longam discere noctem "Force all humans, fearful of death to gain knowledge of the long night" Asleep is the fire In colder dreams I would still be alive Though the world has froze Shadows would survive And there I’d wander free Without a single care I’d lurk along the walls None would be aware I am waiting in a colder dream I’m frozen in time Feel the fire that will never be I’m fading away Tonight the shadows will swallow the fire Tonight the frozen souls of anguish will conquer the flames The last entire trace of light escapes and fades Tonight the clutches of death have grasped my feeble breath Asleep is the fire I am trapped inside a dream I’m frozen inside The flames will never be I’m fading away To the dark and hidden void And here I will stay With the cold and icy rays Of a star that’s now died Asleep is the fire Awake death eternal At play is the dark Absorb flaming starlight Pavidum leti genus humanum cogis longam discere noctem "Force all humans, fearful of death to gain knowledge of the long night" Asleep is the fire Awake death eternal I am trapped inside a dream I’m frozen inside The flames will never be I’m fading away To the dark and hidden void And here I will stay With the cold and icy rays Of a star that’s now died Pavidum leti genus humanum cogis longam discere noctem "Force all humans, fearful of death to gain knowledge of the long night"
6.
A celestial path that worlds cling to Over the blackened horizon they go To leave the light To leave the light To leave this blinding light To leave the light Looking to the dark infinity Where chaos swirls endlessly And worlds clinging to what they know Blinded by the ever slightest of change, they go To leave the light To leave the light Through the weaving paths of time The stars have found their way But like the oceans, creeping closer up the shore Their paths grow closer, and soon their fires will cross Their forms will pull the other’s fabric and tear at its dying Existence The flow of fire draws near And solar flares erupt The winds of oblivion fear no flame The final essence of ancient primordial rage Like chariots riding into battle Whose horses no longer obey, running wildly And deeply afraid The brightest star in the night sky Slowly moves into the fire And loses energy, taken hastily A darkened body moves so near It hides its partners glowing sphere Growing endlessly, killing willingly Behind, the light begins to show A gold corona starts to glow Now it cannot hide, when the worlds collide Why does this beauty now appear Since the end is pulling near Glowing wastefully, dying regrettably I see the movement of the stars as they grow closer to the end of their long lives The glowing fires start to pull like reaching hands taking everything that they can And as the matter starts to break and crumble, as if fleeing from the destined path The dust and ice now rises up into the sky and flies from gravity’s firm grasp
7.
Take, but a moment to be In this reverie In a lifeless state Of serenity Falling far from a throne Perched high within the stars Your light is seen by all They dream upon your fall Your path is destined here Below where mortals fear Dark unforgiving skies Once radiant, now cry Fade, to a paler shade Hidden in the bones Of the buried gods And turned to stone Fallen far from your throne Pushed down beneath the stars Your light was seen by all In dreams they see you fall Your path has led you here Where even gods will fear Dark unforgiving skies Once radiant… Take a moment to hear As death draws ever near His hand will guide your eyes To a dark world inside This world will be your home How the sharp thorns have grown His words will drown your heart Flesh and soul will not part Words are worthy of fear Meanings are never clear Tongues will tell you lies Truth hides deep in the eyes When seeds of doubt are sown Hidden paths stay unknown When truth finds you in the dark Death will leave his mark In darker reveries, you're sitting here swallowing the empty dreams of thoughts afraid In all the centuries, you wouldn’t be wallowing in endless streams of darker shades In all your memories you're thinking of the darker skies once radiant In stellar flame Now at your ending, you're staring at the eyes of death embracing your fearful face Fade, to a paler shade Hidden in the bones Of the buried gods And turned to stone Fallen from your throne Beneath the stars Your light was seen by all Now they see you fall Your path has led you here Where even gods will fear Dark unforgiving skies Once radiant… In darker reveries, you're sitting here swallowing the empty dreams of thoughts afraid In all the centuries, you wouldn’t be wallowing in endless streams of darker shades In all your memories you're thinking of the darker skies once radiant In stellar flame
8.
Time is short, all the eons, paused Here rides the winter with stellar fall Hide this soul from the morning’s dawn A birth of darkness, in shadows crawl Find this home for a wicked crone And let her summon the ancient’s form Dried, like bones, in the soil grown A lifeless blossom, it glistens no more And the ice rains Shards of solar glass Stabbing the earth raw It perishes in the storm This is now the end The plagues will begin Come infinity Die inside of me View the astral plain The light has been detained Come eternity Come and die with me And you cannot pretend That you foretold the end Come infinity Die inside of me Your gods will not defend The lies that you have bled Come eternity Come and die with me So if this is the end No hero will be sent Come infinity Die inside of me Your god is not your friend No saviour will descend Come eternity Come and die with me I hear whispers, I hear calls I see a figure old, and deformed He guides his hand And offers a reprieve From this frozen wasteland Is seeing to believe? The firmament fell And order deceased But a calming presence Has offered a release Death is no stranger Mounted on his stead The pitch black of darkness Again seems in reach Though one star will die and freeze Another sphere awaits me And finally is welcoming So many die, yet few are willing To give up their spirit And finally be free Awakening to a plain Of silent waters And swirling silver streams Falling stars, like shards of glass And waves of faint glowing stellar rays Bewitching me, the astral sea And her voice, slowly echoing The solar streams meandering Like her voice, prancing playfully

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If MIDNIGHT ODYSSYE's previous work, 2011's "Funerals From The Astral Sphere" has become a cult release and today is cherished as one of the finest examples of atmospheric black metal, 'Shards Of Silver Fade' is certainly going to break new grounds and to impose the Australian act on a wider audience, independently from metal sub-genres and styles.

The funeral doom grandeur of Tempestuous Fall and the dark-wave vibe of The Crevices Below - sole member Dis Pater's past projects - have been successfully injected into Midnight Odyssey's cosmic black metal body, redoubling the emotional intensity and dark majesty of its melodies.
The result is nothing short of an epic masterpiece, a visionary night voyage of approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes connecting our ancient pagan past with the apocalyptic feelings of a cosmic death.

But as much as death chants, these are also songs of rebirth, hymns to a new life and awareness for Humanity, under brighter stellar lights. "It is exactly like finding a place in the universe, being given a spiritual connection with everything around you, making you feel alive and very much part of the existence around you," Dis Pater explains. "But making you feel somewhat important too, and not just another speck of dust."

The Australian musician thinks of 'Shards Of Silver Fade' as the crowning achievement of MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY's brilliant career. "I can say that each song has taken an immense amount of time and energy, so much that I have been left with little to no desire to even listen to music over the last 12 months or so. It combines elements of all my previous releases, from all my previous projects, a true convergence of styles and musicality. If this was the last Midnight Odyssey release, I would be very proud for it to be so."

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released June 8, 2015

Written and performed by Dis Pater.

Cat. No. IVR042

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