Through Doors of Moonlight

by AT THE ALTAR OF THE HORNED GOD

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A Ka Dua
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05:24
4.
Prayer II (Oh Glorious Pan)
5.
Perdition in the Oneness
6.
Malediction
7.
A Circle of Swaying Leaves

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12"LP VINYL
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• Ltd 200: 100 Transparent Violet, 100 Black
• 140gr. vinyl
• 350gr. sleeve, 3mm spine
• 8-page booklet with Lyrics
• Black inner sleeve
• Outer plastic sleeve

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• Limited to 200 copies
• Deluxe A5-Digipack CD
• 8-page booklet with lyrics
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Conceived by sole member Heolstor (MYSTAGOS) as an ode to Nature, Spain's AT THE ALTAR OF THE HORNED GOD bring together the black metal primitivism of ARCKANUM, the ritualistic atmospheres of URFAUST and the fascinating elegance of DEAD CAN DANCE. "Through Doors of Moonlight" is the project's first emission: a collection of dark hymns, nocturnal chants and pagan prayers addressed to Pan, Cernunnos, Bacchus and other ancient divinities that guided humanity in times before time. “The album is a summoning ritual to the Cloven One, the One With Horns,” Heolstor explains; “a supplication for him to take us and lead us in an ecstatic journey down the River of Oneness, across the Many-Layered Earth.”

Although the music of AT THE ALTAR OF THE HORNED GOD is mostly slow and meditative, there are bursts of violence and unbridled fury, as a storm crossing a peaceful meadow. Organically mixing elements of black metal, ambient, pagan folk, gothic rock and religious music, Heolstor induces the listener into a permanent state of dark trance, a sublime vertigo. The songs burn like sacred incenses altering the senses, while the curtains of our miserable reality crumble under psychedelic blows revealing the world of magic that surrounds us. And with it, our true scope: to pursue freedom and the fullness of being, in harmony with Nature.

As exemplified in the enchanting cover painting by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, artist-extraordinaire and renowned scholar of all things esoteric, AT THE ALTAR OF THE HORNED GOD's “Through Doors of Moonlight” is a multi-faceted, multi-tiered aural fountain of madness and adoration sprouting from the soul, quenching the thirst for a coveted spiritual return to the primeval forest of existence.

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releases April 17, 2020

Heolstor - Electric and acoustic guitars, drums, djembe, synths, vocals

Guest female vocals by Maya

Recorded during Winter 2019/2020 at Athame studio
Mixed and mastered at The Empty Hall Studios by Simón Alvar

Cover painting: "Time and Fate" by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Art direction and layout by Francesco Gemelli

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Cat. Nr. IVR127

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Track Name: Before the Flames of Undefiled Knowledge
Regulus Formalhaut Aldebaran Antares
Regulus Formalhaut Aldebaran Antares

Before me the Stars of the Heavens
Before me the Will of the Horned One
Before me the Undefiled Knowledge
Before me the Thunders of Mystical Ecstasy

Open your Mysteries
Be to the Earth!
Make us partakers of the Highest Knowledge

Regulus Formalhaut Aldebaran Antares
Regulus Formalhaut Aldebaran Antares
Track Name: Prayer I
Arising from sleep I thank thee,
O Horned One,
Because of the abundance of thy goodness
and long-suffering thou wast not wroth with me,
neither hast thou destroyed me in my transgressions:
but in thy compassion raised me up, as I lay in despair;
that at dawn I might sing the glories of thy Majesty.

Do thou now enlighten the eyes of my understanding,
open my mouth to receive thy words,
teach me thy commandments,
help me to do thy will,
confessing thee from my heart,
singing and praising thine All-unholy Name
now and ever,
now and ever,
and unto ages of ages

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