The Gate And The Key

by THE WAKEDEAD GATHERING

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CD in jewel case. 16-page booklet complete with lyrics

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After the underground success of the "Tenements Of Ephemera" debut and the "Dark Circles" EP, THE WAKEDEAD GATHERING return with their sophomore full-length album, a fantastic piece of dark death metal and definitely a step forward in the band's natural evolution, once again in accordance with the genre's noblest tradition.

"The Gate And The Key" is a horror/sci-fi concept-album telling the story of a group of dimensional travellers passing through a black hole. The dark portal will precipitate them into an alien realm, where they are abducted, studied, and painfully morphed into a race of Lovecraftian entities inhabiting that dimension.
They will become the first seed of a new breed, the "key" that will open the "gate" for the Ancients Ones to penetrate our reality...

Music-wise, the album is filled with twisted riffs, doom decelerations, rapacious vocals, and menacing atmospheres of Cosmic Horror, in a perfect equilibrium between the crypt-sounds of early Incantation, and the dissonant, slanted death metal of early Morbid Angel, Demilich and Timeghoul.

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released December 13, 2013

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Track Name: Outer Veil
"Come in station command. This is Alpha X-1. We are approaching the event horizon. Engines are not responding. Requesting emergency procedures. Repeat. Requesting emergency procedures."

Frequency of emergency warnings
Breaking update signals
Error in discovery by man

Bizarre radiation uncovers the ghosts in the sand
Start the descent into the frontier

Movement and colours
Blurred by unsettled debris
Turbulent first contact

Shimmering field of galactic dust
Full spectrum of light pulsing on the surface

Down
In the heart
Beating at the end of the shadowy veins

Life
Spills out over the perforated subterrene
Then: a blast

E'rhis Kfa-ne
E'fel Ranas
Krah phrul manus
Ne phral
An-na

Sovereign of the Land substantiates
The rhythm of the ground beneath their feet

"Be without fear as you are welcomed guests.
The first of your kind to visit here.
Allow me to show you what you have travelled so far to behold."
Track Name: Autochton
Primal irises flicker
Squamous pale bodies
Move unanimously
Limbs seeming to float
Vortices undulate

Attention diverted
Moments linger in space
Encapsulated death placenta
Cilia quiver along every surface

Each cell is alone
Each brain is a whole
Nerves serve the system
Mind is on fire

Convalesce
Coalesce
Deliquesce
Effloresce

To be shewn collective efficiency
The reward for the inquisitive
Impossible physiology
Sympathetic reptillian apiary

...All
...Invited
...Fffeast
...Phollow
...Archenaeum

The solar rays of our universe strangely absent
Far-away towers emit telepathic sight
Reality oscillating
Dimensional vibrations

Stand before the transparent shield
Know the words
Say the words
And enter
Track Name: Hypgnosys
Reveal the many Keys
Haruspex

Called to The Center
Instruments of horror
Vestigial flesh and bone
Eternally devoured

Parthenogenetic
Gatekeeper

Perception I receive
Eternity is The Key
Bred to deceive

Beneath the Harvest Moons
Agonizing doubt crawls forth
Stench of words not uttered
Gestures without meaning

Iconic illustrae without stars
Bending the Orb of Qosmos

Honored Ones
Bathed in light
Release the Self
Saved

Chosen Ones
Saved by right
Lift your crowns
So naive...

Survival in the cracks of existence
Clandestine compulsion to raven
The Key must open The Gate
In all time, in all places

All-in-One
One-in-All
Track Name: Collector Of Memories
I feel alive in this Hell
Beneath my feet
The scarred faces
Remember nothing

The stomachs begin to swell
The Harvest Feast
Autosarcophagy
Forced to see

Somnium et dimittam metus

Reaching
Dead memory

Failed to be bound by the science of Earth
The multiverse has other methods
It is not cruel for brutality's sake
Only watching with bemused interest

Witness the transformation
Many to one

Birthed from The Nameless Mist
Begat of an ageless nether
Shimmering globes beyond Time
Travel and touch untethered

Give your mind to The Opener of The Way!
Track Name: The Hand, The Eye, The Tongue, The Heart
The walls painted so vermillion
Customs splattered all about
Decadent interior, velvet seats
Appearances not as they seem

A sacrifice made willingly
The taste made all the sweeter
Dragged across salient streams of skewers
Brought before the butcher's blades

The Hand

Cut
Cut deep
Cut
Cut deep
Cut to the bone

The Eye

Cut
Cut deep
Cut
Cut deep
Cut to the bone

Face down waiting for the tissue to be spread
Starting with the hands, working slowly towards the head
Gouging out the eyes so further torment can't be seen
Removal of the tongue prevents the irritating screams

No more than seconds but aeons from the start
The final grim performance: extraction of the heart
Favorite parts obtained the body piled on gore
Observing all the carnage from a new, exotic form

The Tongue

The Heart
Track Name: Masquerade In Eminence
Under the skin and under the breath
The mask of infinite inchoate expression
Peel away a thousand aeons hidden
Twisted up in strands of the great epoch

Voice of the madness in darkness
Bleating sheep upon the doorstep
Mother-and-Father of chaotic genesis
Sends them away

Across the lithic wastes
Boiling rivers
Bending saplings
Terror echoes

Simulate
Holocausts

Forever
Calculating

The door will sway
The Elder Sign
Lost the way
The blackened vines

Blood paid with blood
Eater of souls

Master of the void
Reveals his offering

Unlimited sight
Blind to its purpose

Eldritch incantations
Amplify to manifest
Track Name: Vertex II - The Key
Be calm
Be solace
Be our shepherd
Be the cure of our disease

I am rage
I am sadness
Your executioner
I am the one who holds the Key

Release us
From bondage
Your servants
We beg on bloodied hands and knees

Taking
My possessions
My playthings
My pleasure is your slavery

Feed us
Your answers
Nourish
The ones who bear your weight

Starving
Like vermin
Like locusts
You are the objects of my hate

Shelter
In your strength
In your power
Hold the wicked at the Gate

Outcasts
You are vagrants
You have trespassed
The astral bond I terminate

Fallen kings
Lying priests
Ancient dreams
Mockery

Glacial cities
Sunken lairs
Unknown realms
Fantasy

Poison tomes
Abject rituals
Foolish worship
Mania
Track Name: Absention
Drifting outer reaches
Memory returns

Horizon

Whole

Passing through the hole
Nothing
Vaporized

Pale fingers on a luminous vestige
Recorded voyage into chtonian domain
Final warning for endangered posterity
Only cerebral Utopian spasms displayed

Escaped
The prison

Balance
Precipace of truth
Spawning a star

Billions
Waking from their trance
Clinging to a realm they must concede

Portal within
Elemental provenance
Alpha, Omega, Zero
Negative matter

Thoughts of the insane
Coffin rests in space
Relic buried away
Precious levels fade
Construct slowly cracks
Walls silently weep
The Hand of Doom starts to pull
No longer in control
4 bars

Spiral
Swimming
Final view
What is true?

"I somehow managed to survive contact with a black hole. My team members are missing.
It appears that I either slept through the experience or I have no memory. No time
passed, or at least I don't believe any time passed... from my first encounter until now.
The only thing that I'm sure of at this point is that something was there.
Something is alive in that dimension and it is not content to remain there."