Sol (Original Recording Edition)

by SPECTRAL LORE and MARE COGNITUM

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Cherubian Two masters of atmospheric black metal: MARE COGNITUM & SPECTRAL LORE meet together. Is there anything else to be said?
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Ippocalyptica I love Spectral Lore and I love Mare Cognitum, and here on this split we have one individual song from each of them as well as a joint track to give us 70 minutes of atmospheric, cosmic metallic bliss. All three tracks are great, and it is quite obvious that, as advertised, Ayloss and Jacob really did create these songs and lyrics in a collaborative effort. Ouroboros is the more somewhat conventionally structured of the two songs and brings in a bit more of a death metal influence, while Medius plays more liberally with empty spaces and takes on a quasi-psychedelic feel at times, but both represent the high calibre of cosmic black metal that you would expect from these two bands. There is also a theme of balance conveyed through the music on this album that says, to me, while the sun is what ultimately gives us life, it can and will also destroy us when the time of its supernova comes. Listen to this and be absorbed by the cosmos. Favorite track: Sol Ouroboros.
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A sign beheld Of living stone Sprawling across the vault of heaven An embrace of amorphous clay The child thrashes in the formless cradle, offspring of time and dust Pangs of the birth which is to come herald the source of life Thrusting infinite pressure Mass infinite fragments Dense solar clusters Energy creates beginning Unbearable crushing tension In turbulent discord Bleeding out the newborn And reforming the flesh The heat of this withdrawal becomes the beating heart A host to feed on the gushing wounds And thus, the flesh is complete, relieved by the placid storm Calmed by the forlorn embrace of its dwindling home Rising to rear its young in the warmth of its light From the birth, an exhalation, the first breath of a star Breathe In your Life And Illuminate Yourself Stellar winds Blow Until your life Ends Arise Son of Sol Nigh is your dawn As the night is cold Within the sea A writhing mass Source of knowledge Forged in dust A chain of sinew Stretching forth Children of flesh, children of blood, and time Awake your dormant minds and claim your rightful heir But through This A loss To the self And the false Sense of light A dark Perverse Mind Forgetting the past To devour the marrow of all A cancer of thought Breeds death The sons of light Stricken and worn A cannibalistic being Failure of eternity Have you not foreseen the cost of this corruption? In it, Ouroboros is complete. Devour thyself. Devour thyself If you wish that your end Gift thyself to the sanguine sphere
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The horizon, an unfathomable darkness Beacons of light within, gleam dimly From the farthest of existence The offspring observes A history written in reverse Leading to One Exhalation Of an unknown breath. Parallel structures emerge between incomparable proportions Revealed symmetry from aberrant appearance Awareness paints a mirage of self-singularity From it, a volition of immortality The vessel of intellect thrusts the sight light years away An acceleration bending the fabric of spacetime Leading into the Heart of the Cosmos. Wandering the blackened void, there lie Elemental whispers of the primordial ordinance Attracting each other, forming clouds Which collapse into higher densities A unity of spherical mass With a diadem as umbilical chord Thus, the God-Kings are born The ever-burning forges of the cosmos Bearers of the strength to meld the core of matter together From the remnants, their children arise Hearth-givers and messangers to them alike. (enas skoteinos stixos) The sight, however wondrous, returns incomplete. A rope of one lineage connects existence all throughout, from weightless elements to beasts of metal mass from oneness to mind-bending complexity Spectral, though is the hand that infuses with Spirit If it is not grabbed, how won't it always vanish? When even Gods one day fade out. The dream is dying, the mirror cracking The begotter cannot protect the brethen Yet lays down everything at their grasp. Within the endless dark sea of unknowing The rays of far-away beacons Still conjoin in patterns meaningful An explosion of evitability The self-transforming agents Divine feedback mechanisms We are Soldiers Volition of the Universe Sentinels of All Murderers of Self Scorners of Oblivion Impermanence and Transformation Complexity and Bonding Continuity of Logos, Extra-Conscious Transcendance A spiral path we must walk Towards an ever-dark horizon.
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Far from being a typical split album, "SOL" is a collaboration on many levels, starting from the conceptual and moving on to the musical.
Themes and riffs have been cross-referenced and transfigured, structures have been put in proportion, lyrics have been written in parallel.

Conceptually, it is an attempt at a kind of cosmological philosophy; searching the vast, cold expanses of the universes for traces of meaning and purpose.
What it is out there that is fundamental, absolute and shared? What can we learn about ourselves by looking outward, to the void and the inanimate?

SPECTRAL LORE is Ayloss - all instruments and vocals
MARE COGNITUM is Jacob Buczarski - all instruments and vocals

2018 Remastered Edition:
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released June 27, 2013

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