Shards Of Silver Fade

by MIDNIGHT ODYSSEY

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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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Track Name: From A Frozen Wasteland
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
Track Name: Hunter Of The Celestial Sea
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
Track Name: Son Of Phoebus
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"
Track Name: A Ghost In Gleaming Stars
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)
Track Name: Asleep Is The Fire
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"
Track Name: Starlight Oblivion
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
Track Name: Darker Skies Once Radiant
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
Track Name: Shards Of Silver Fade
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