snake lore

by abdullah

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FDJ Another one of those bands it's hard to pin a label on. One minute their crushing you with heavy doom like riffs (The Path To Enlightenment) the next they've gone all alternative on you (Firmament/Iam). Not that I'm complaining, this is good stuff! Favorite track: the sickness unto death.
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originally released on UK-based label rage of achilles. recorded on a tascam 424 cassette portastudio by jeff. mastered at suma by paul ham man.

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released October 3, 1999

jeff shirilla: vocals, drums
alan seibert: guitars

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Track Name: the path to enlightenment
strange are the things we place our beliefs in
my apprehensions tear down the walls of the temple
the dollar signs that you crave mark the extent of your faith
strange are the things we choose to believe in
my apprehensions tear down the walls of the temple
i'll never fit in, no faith to believe in
my resignation tears down the walls of the temple
your cash betrays your true worth
Obtain your godhead on Earth
profane is the wealth that you believe in
since you can't be wrong, shield your eyes from the sun
its light will expose the poverty of your soul
your wealth cannot save this sacrament that will fade
your opulence has no worth
you've sold your soul on this earth
and I'll break from your hold
my life cannot be bought and sold
this truth you will never get
and now you're so far in debt
Track Name: distant lights/sot-weed
sinister evolution
our unholy birth right stares off into the void
shrouded by eternal night
we've all been practicing for this day
yearning to close our eyes
quick to embrace this mortal fate
anxious to fall
will you fall?
plunge into fire
who will fall?
souls bathe in the mire
realize this shell is rotting
creation is left blank
quick to embrace this mortal fate
yearning to close our eyes
purge this useless soul
shed this rotten skin
we'll find rest in this abyss
and we'll dwell in this abyss
bodies house the disease of life
burn down this unholy shrine
Track Name: in the belly of the beast
we're all prisoners trapped under the sky
locked inside our lives
outside of our minds
far from the truth we hide
set in motion from my birth
discharged from womb to prison
sift through the pain
the nature of the game
still i seek another way
clinging to this false identity
stumbling in the dark
my strength is turned against itself
my mind denies the answer
i've bought into it
find it hard to quit
can i find another way?
clinging to this false identity
stumbling in the dark
hoping that the way things are can be undone
struggling to see the light
we're all prisoners trapped under the sky
locked inside our lives
waiting for something that may not arrive
spinning gears and wasting time
outside of our lives
far from the truth we hide
Track Name: firmament/lam
a coldness fills my dreams so i must stay wide awake
i can almost see her face as the night fades into day
i am a captive of this night and its calm serenity
in the darkness is my faith
a pitch black that i can see
on this night i'll lose my fears and be one with the lights above
i have been there all my life in the darkness of your love
first was temptation
those sins i cannot live without
i can almost see her face
all my life it's what i've dreamt about
i have sight though i am blind
this affliction is my friend and the darkness beckons me
this love that will never end
now my eyes are open wide
the ancient wisdom has passed through me
i know now who i am through the tongues of ancient speech
then came salvation
all that i've ever asked for
to think that i could hesitate
all it asked for was my soul
but i know now who i am
may this blackness have no end
through the light it beckons me
this love that will never end
ponder deeply the lights beyond and know the secrets they keep
hear the truth of the serpent's tongue
within silence it speaks
now i know
Track Name: the sickness unto death
outside this life a light appears
a chill i've felt throughout these years
my dreams have brought it back to me
this image only i can see
this coldness burns me from within
awake in a dream
cold
so lost in sleep
old
how have i passed through these walls blind?
a sorrow creeps into my mind
lying awake with my eyes shut
these walls will tremble from its touch
as i escape inside
the rift grows wide
it follows me inside
beneath this life
i can see no light deep in this broken sky
i can see no light so far in this broken night
oh, this spirit visits me
slips in my dreams at night
a sorrow creeps into my life
awaken by cold hands
their fingers around my neck
i'll hide away from time
asleep i'm so cold
Track Name: the black ones
walk the path of the righteous ones, yeah
don't come home to pray
been on my knees for ten days now, baby
just follow me
take my hand
the black ones will shine on tonight
the black ones will rise to new heights
the black ones will shine on tonight
the black ones will suffer through life
can you talk with the demons, honey?
fall on mortal knees
speak in tongues with the ones you love now
drink with the spirits that have blessed you
the black ones will rise to new heights
the black ones will suffer through life
the black ones, their souls will thrive
the black ones will shine on tonight