Sol (Original Recording Edition)


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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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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

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released June 27, 2013


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Track Name: MARE COGNITUM - Sol Ouroboros
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

In your

Stellar winds
Until your life

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
A loss
To the self
And the false
Sense of light
A dark

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
Track Name: SPECTRAL LORE - Sol Medius
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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