Without Veil, Nor Self

by ENTHEOGEN

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Known for playing with BENIGHTED IN SODOM as well as for playing alongside Alex Poole in numerous projects including CHAOS MOON, SKAPHE, ESOTERICA and LITHOTOME, guitarist Steven Blackburn is also the mastermind behind ENTHEOGEN, a band featuring his brother Jack's blistering drumming, the monstrous bass of Bradley Tiffin (HAUNTER) and Alex Poole's amazing vocals. All together they gave life to “Without Veil, Nor Self”, a breathtaking album that somebody described as a master-class in obscure, gorgeously convoluted atmospheric black metal, and that others have compared to a dark and psychedelic journey through the underworld. Steven Blackburn seems to agree. “ENTHEOGEN is an emanation from the depths of my own subconscious,” he says. “It marks the beginning of a journey inward, challenging perception, and dissolving the ego.”

But don't mistake his art for spiritual, drug-inspired music, as the band name could suggest. “By no means are we a spiritual band,” says Blackburn. “People seem too focused on the potential of spiritual enlightenment with drugs. They forgot that you can just as easily shift your perspective into the other direction. I’m more in awe with the experiences themselves and tapping into different perspectives without completely losing it. The music itself is often a sort of translation of what these experiences feel like, a way to bring the experience to life through the music, especially when it’s been written while in a manageable altered state.”

Fascinatingly hallucinogenic without renouncing to the aggressiveness typical of black metal, “Without Veil, Nor Self” was originally released on vinyl by Fallen Empire and is now available as a limited edition CD under the flag of I, Voidhanger Records.

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released January 25, 2019

ENTHEOGEN is:
Steven Blackburn - Guitars
Jack Blackburn - Drums
Alex Poole - Vocals
Bradley Tiffin - Bass

Music written in 2013 by Steven Blackburn and recorded 2016 - 2017

Lyrics written by Alex Poole
Mixed by Steven Blackburn
Mastered by Jacob Buczarski
Artwork by Karmazid
Layout by Francesco Gemelli
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Cat. Nr. IVR107

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Track Name: Desolation Lyre
They abide to the sacred maw,
The desolation lyre,
Sullen throats vomit visions of dust,
Without times lapse, dilation of essence
O smelt ego in your infinite furnace
Granite monolith, reflection of my entity
Finale of my jubilation,
Consume!
Whose dread cast from lidless eye,
Sullen throats swallow petrified despair,
Lyric of the venerated maw
Track Name: Sol Genesis
O Sol, born of eternal light
O tongued flames wherewith the void is sown,
As dreadful ghasts of a plane unknown,
Illume, ye Father in unceasing gloom,
Shrouds the deathless truth ye may not find;
Alike for ye the flaming suns are blind
Manifesto of infinity, immutable as time
Where we seek the Light and have sought in vain
The law of universal balance
O Sol, Your absence in night
O cold dark wherewith the moon is shown,
Darken, ye mother with unceasing shadow
As the voidless dance in realms where time is unknown,
O abyssal depth, with no regard
The voidless expand into realms where time is known
Track Name: Sol Knell
The cracking of marble altars,
Tumult the abyss alone endured,
The pillars, the foundation,
The cracking of golden idols,
Split the fabric between existence,
In vats, dissolve the bones of reality,
The immolation of light,
Death march, sol knell
Where the sun rot,
The choir fled to sing for those disobey,
Lifeless and ageless
Where the sun rot, the abyss triumphant
Ageless and lifeless
Track Name: Without Veil, Nor Self
Pale mouths swallowing parchment,
With his splendor, sight beyond this plane
For those who wait,
The doors inscribed, headstones writ thereon,
By the light of Gods face,
Their essence inquired, twice do tongues mutter naught
Alchemical absence replaced with tinctures of the unknown,
Their essence inquired, twice do tongues mutter,
But with insight and thought,
Nay, without veil nor self
Pale adamant moons weigh on broken backs,
Of slaves undeserving
Track Name: Lethean Throat
Lung, thou Herb of the Abyssal soul
Thou pandar to the foul harlot, life
The rankest lies wherewith thy being is rife
Too fulsomely illume thy flames' torch
Whereon is write the secret of our dole
Of mortal woes immortalized by thee,
and wisdom, through thine olden perfidy,
Drawn back to life from some Lethean shoal
Hallucinations compounded of the world's old dust
With fire that feeds the seventh hell forever!
Track Name: Pall
Pass the threshold!
So blind you are, groping for Appollonian essence,
With sight whereon infinity stranded
Offer tithe to phosphorus statues,
They hear..
Offer tribute to currents serpentine,
Divide flesh, paint crimson the altar with blood flow
Behold the ethereal glow, dreaming colors
And witness: the mind flailing into deep reverie
Howbeit, the flesh strain ever, tho apart
Thou shalt wander the black maze of water uncompassed,
Wherefore thy deafened ear, wanderer?
Heaving, thy pulses run, then shall fade
And hopest thou close to undoing!
Hollowed being, no path
Oblivion beckons, whence you came!
Vaulted mouth, thine entrance is false!

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