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Leiden

by Aethereus

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1.
Aberration 06:53
aberration Lo, Eternity has been relentless. I begin to seize as the world around me contorts and dissolves As mind and body coalesce in rapturous singularity, a hand reaches towards impossibility violently ripping abstraction from the aethere; forcing existence upon me As my emancipated consciousness Careens through tunnels of psychedelic light Visions of an overly contrived apparition give way to formless purity Atop the crimson surface of cosmic seas I leave behind the cycle of rebirth I behold that which is beyond time An unfathomable majesty beyond comprehension An endless ocean of astral blood transfixed in an infinite void filled with remnants of those that never were The hand that freed me slows as it reveals its grotesque visage I gaze upon a face that has no features. No eyes, no ears, no mouth Its head, it writhes and splits Unleashing a cacophonous symphony Profane echoes of a ceaseless existence pour from its being A deluge of innumerable eons all experienced simultaneously Dissolve what remains of the temporal veil Atop the crimson surface of cosmic seas rests countless eternities Enigmatic cosmic rings perpetually orbiting round spheres of blinding light Their ominous simplicity belies the unrelenting agony within; my grim burden to bear Held aloft by my transcendent benefactor, I am given shape From the carrion of celestial beings, a body is formed A throng of twisted black tendrils emerge from the void to condense this mass of aethereal decay [Solo - Chapman] Skeletal structure and musculature slowly congeal forming frail protrusions with curious sensations Encased in flesh that is not my own an aberrant star breathes its first new breath
2.
endless cycle of rebirth Galvanized by the molding of the flesh, my essence encased within a tomb of gore and bone Memories of a cyclic existence; ceaseless repetitious epochs of nihilistic scorn The time between the birth of the universe and the death of the stars is eternally in motion I, an unwilling passenger condemned to rewatch the endless mortification of illusory ghouls as they placate celestial bodies Ghosts worshipping ghosts I, unseen and unheard, observe from on high this tragedy unfolding as it has each and every time Suffer eternally as you drown on your rot The cosmos heaves infernally as we return to naught I am the Earth and the Sun, Primordial spawn descended from gods The undying progeny Condemned to a cycle of endless decay I am forever reborn An enlightened thrall for which no one shall mourn Ripped forth from the unending abyss, Condensed within flesh, I am incarnated For an eternity, I have been alone; an amorphous ghoul traversing the infinite depths A shapeless passenger guided by the unseen My agency, my will; never my own Countless epochs of repetition; a violent genesis preceding the manifestation of life A quest for meaning reveals only one truth; I exist to endlessly suffer My resurrection has drawn an audience From all corners of the expanse emerge the eyes of the Watchers A congregation of featureless colossi gather to bear witness to my liberation I am the Earth and the Sun, Primordial spawn descended from gods The undying progeny Condemned to a cycle of endless decay I am forever reborn An enlightened thrall for which no one shall mourn Ripped forth from the unending abyss, Condensed within flesh, I am incarnated [Solo - Chapman] Once consumed by nihilism, but with freedom comes cautious hope Released from the cycle of torture, enshrined in a form bespoke Carved from fallen monoliths. Scarred by marks of decay The indelible whispers of timelessness all but fading away My gaze now turns towards the outer reaches of the unending abyssal expanse, As my benefactors are drawn by an ineffable calling I look upon the limitless existences condensed within temporal fields Their luminescent splendor a portent of damnation
3.
Shrouded in Kaleidoscopic Skin Deep into the void, I wade through the cosmic seas, following my faceless gods through massive waves of astral blood What further gifts shall I receive in honor of my ethereal transmigration? Shall I ascend to a higher form so that I may end my sojourn in this mangled form? Reflected in the infinite depths I see a face that is not my own A grotesque amalgam of fallen beings From within, a wail of tortured screams crescendos Heed the Flesh, the will of the suffering Hail the Flesh, the undying rot Feed the Flesh, its appetite; insatiable Consume the Flesh, devourer of Worlds! I suppress the howling collective that makes up my physical form and follow my Progenitors further into the void I hear voices calling me; echoes from beneath the sun Remnants of a cacophonous horde that speak to me through every pore From deep within this molded gore, the ravenous shrieks of the unseen deafen me Their venomous tongues dripping with malice whisper warnings of deceit You who at first were without shape, now shrouded within the kaleidoscopic skin of those who came before Your rebirth was arbitrary Your creators care not for you To them, you are nothing Heed the Flesh, the will of the suffering Hail the Flesh, the undying rot Feed the Flesh, its appetite; insatiable Consume the Flesh, devourer of Worlds! These shapeless apparitions speak nothing but slanderous lies My awakening was a sign of a glorious epoch Your only purpose was to suffer alongside the meaningless lives of the endless cyclic existence in which you were confined The ineffable knot from the skein of existence unraveled by mirthless invocations The foundation of this shell shudders with every word as shadows proselytize with absent tongues The only gift they bring is more suffering At the end is only nothingness You will follow them aimlessly searching for answers that do not exist [Solo - Gassman] Now that you are free, your only purpose is to decay Your rot, offered as nourishment to the inane You will be replaced, and the endless cycle will resume Hör mich Sieh mich Hilf mir Behold
4.
Behold, The World Eater Behold, a cosmic leviathan splendidly stretched across endless eons Resplendent ineffable horror Witness, o putrid filth, the merciless eater of worlds Eternal and vicious Colossus, thy name is Death The Father of all and of nothing; Bound to an unalterable destiny to consume An off-kilter howl; salacious ululation of a ravenous fiend Reality quivers at my ire My hunger is insatiable, I must devour everything Father, what more do you need of these meaningless spectres? Their presence in this world is a stain waiting to be scrubbed from all existence A pervasive stillness overwhelms as all becomes one; a portent of my end This emptiness was my first companion and will be yet again Silent captives lurking within the blackness, like shadows that shift and contort They cannot remain Let me feed so that they may behold A vile inquisitor, inhaling crumbling earth With gaping maw, I violently gnash at root and soil with timeless fangs Splintered bones pierce my tongue, Your attrition is futile I will not stop Tragodial musings of enslaved specters, their dismal choir erupts and wails Silence your tongues Ruminate on your worthlessness They do not need you Silence your tongues! Mewling decriers, your sermon Is tepid Fade and be gone Your anguish shall feed my splendor You are nothing Silence your tongues! They cannot be allowed to remain Let me feed and end their senseless suffering [Solo - Chapman] [Solo - Gassman] Father, what more do you need of these meaningless specters? Their presence is a stain waiting to be scrubbed from all existence
5.
The Living Abyss As I gorge myself on these unworthy souls knowing their fate brings such relief A calm before the storm, As this emptiness within remains Why? Don't they acknowledge my presence as I feed upon their genesis! Now I become death, the destroyer of worlds, ender of time and space consuming these last fragments of light, All is lost within me, erased from father's eyes At last, nothing stands between the watchers and I As the last orb of light fades into my maw, I wait patiently for their praise and warming embrace As they gaze into the cosmic ocean and only see me An infant of desolation Hollowness! Grows deeper inside, awaiting the reply from the voidless glares observing me, alas nothing comes from all the killing I've done, No praise No praise expanding my patience as we drift still face to face As we sit motionless in this timeless void! I reflect on the past consuming these last fragments of light All is lost within me, erased from fathers eyes I have gorged myself on the flesh of the unworthy And am enraptured in vitriolic ecstasy The maelstrom churns and spews forth a vile gloom I crave its embrace O feckless progenitors, I shall do what you could not Abolish, Annihilate, end everything At last, nothing stands between the watchers and I As the last orb of light fades into my maw I wait patiently for their praise and warming embrace As they gaze into the cosmic ocean and only see me An infant of annihilation From a transcendental flicker, a cosmogenial echo fades passively into the naught [Solo - Chapman] I will never fade away For eternity, I will remain You will become a part of me Forever decay Within the living abyss [Solo - Low]
6.
Leiden 05:02
Leiden Trapped in a moment I won't forget Forever festering within the flesh recurring as a nightmare slowly eating me destined to drift in solitude I shall not mourn over insignificant lives They mean nothing to me anymore All I sought was a purpose in the eyes of father alas all they have bestowed was an undesirable gift of misery a gift of misery You were born to suffer, You were made for suffering, I want you to suffer, Suffer endlessly alone wading through father's blood pondering how to move on with all this rage expanding in me forever flowing out of me no longer ignored no longer rejected how do I end this agony shrouding me how shall I end my suffering beneath this surface I will inflict my pain on whatever remains of this existence nothing will remain; no more life [Solo - Gassman] I will inflict my pain on everything Nothing will remain [Solo - Pugh] You were born to suffer, You were made for suffering, I want you to suffer, Suffer endlessly
7.
Son of a Nameless Father Stare, gaze into the emptiness and sink Drown in the unfathomable I imbibe the overwhelming essence of timelessness and will forever be alone with only myself to blame An infinite chasm pulsates as the hand of my undoing pulls me deeper into this shadow world I am no longer myself The horde will feast on my anguish I descend into a vessel of misery: a monument to avarice Mind untethers from the body and is sequestered in the depths Within reflexive crimson pools, I see only nothingness No face shall ever look upon me again I return to the naught Gnashing teeth tear away at the soil Draining merrow from the earth There is no life left to purge Consume the foundation on which we walk Falter not in your viciousness A fragile wraith spawned by a nameless sin Through sacred stone and faceless beasts a father speaks his dark gift unto his son You know not what your absence has wrought The air has turned foul, putrid and oppressive Inhale the bile, Spit in the face of eternity Churned in the maelstrom of eternal epochs, this act of obstinance is but a drop in a boiling ocean Breathe one last time before the silence takes hold A respite before I relinquish all control I do not exist This form is mine no more I cannot exist This form was never mine [Solo - Kumar] I do not exist I do not exist I do not exist I do not exist
8.
Upon Infinite Seas It is not death that I desire, but the death of all things From the depths of the abyssal expanse, Cries of agony erupt I, I cannot breathe, I cannot see I have no mouth and now I cannot feed All senses have fled, I have grown numb The skein unravels as all is undone Egocentrism was perpetuated through my indoctrination By their will, the skeptics are silenced A nullification of the ramifications Of my existence The spark of eternity fades as the gateway closes The fragility of existence melts away And is replaced with visions of desolation Pallid and devoid of meaning, Its foreboding depths beckon me I, the subservient specter Forever languishing in the shadows of endless night Spat forth from the naught only to be returned To the nothingness from whence I came Shunted to the chasmic depths, I am imprisoned, Held captive within the null space Condemned to haunt the internal vacuity Of the flesh that abandoned me The foul convulsions of my captors, Vile echoes across the vast emptiness I scream into the nebulous void My mouth opens and closes but says nothing A distressed fiend crying for the form it left behind Futile cries of a desperate tongue that will receive the gift of naught A voiceless aberration quelled by its own avarice Within our eternal collective, you will dwell forever Their gifts were never meant for you You shall not recur again Recoil at the guiding hand for it leads towards unending damnation Take heed as you descend, there are no allies within this world As it was from the moment of birth, you are worthless and will be forever without Your meaningless quest for purpose is over You are exactly where you belong Crushed by the unyielding Weight of the innumerable eons collapsing, coalescing in the molding of a violent covenant In the space between, Confined in this state, you shall wither into obscurity Sepulchered in a maelstrom of self-loathing, you shall endure You will not persevere, there is no respite from your penance Deranged from vicious punishment, I relent as they revel in their sinister machinations I submerge myself into the pools of the mind And drown in the depths of isolation The light recedes obscuring my vision, But there is no longer anything to see There will be no return to singularity, This will never end I am forever alone Feckless weakling Recoil at the guiding hand for it leads towards unending damnation Take heed as you descend, there are no allies within this world As you were from the moment of birth, you are worthless and will be forever without Your meaningless quest for purpose is over You are exactly where you belong A frivolous thought Inconsequential byproducts tangentially bound There is no value in life All will behold the dawn of the new cycle We are all worthless spectators I, who was first cut from our mother, should have faded long ago It is my death that they desired, so why do I still linger? You stripped away my form Relieve me of this paroxysm of thought I do not wish to be anymore Return me to the void This deviation was preordained and existed because I am, But I have been plucked from the recurrent and can no longer be Within a ravenous tomb of gore and bone, Withdrawn into the core of the undying I am nothing Into the depths of madness, I must now retreat Deep beneath the flesh, I whisper in repeat I am alone, adrift upon infinite seas Condemned to drown forever in my suffering [Solo - Chapman]

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released January 14, 2022

All Music Performed by Aethereus
Tracks 2, 4, 5, and 8 Written by Kyle Chapman
Tracks 3 and 6 Written by Ben Gassman and Kyle Chapman
Track 7 Written by Scott Hermanns and Kyle Chapman
Track 1 Written by Aethereus
Orchestration/Synths Written and Arranged by Kyle Chapman and Ben Gassman
Lyrics for tracks 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 Written by Kyle Chapman
Lyrics for tracks 4, 5 and 6 Written by Vance Bratcher and Kyle Chapman

Guitars and Bass Recorded and Engineered by Kyle Chapman, Ben Gassman, and Scott Hermanns
Vocals Recorded and Engineered by Kyle Chapman and Vance Bratcher
Additional Vocal Engineering by Stephan Hawkes
Drums Recorded and Engineered by Kyle Chapman
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Donaldson

Guest Solo on The Living Abyss by Mike Low (Inferi)
Guest Solo on Leiden by Malcolm Pugh (Inferi)
Guest Solo on Son of a Nameless Father by Sanjay Kumar (Wormhole/Equipoise)
Guest Vocals on Shrouded in Kaleidoscopic Skin by Mike Alvarez (Flub)
Guest Vocals on Upon Infinite Seas by Kyle Rasmussen (Vitriol)
Artwork by Samuel Nelson
photography by chris davis
layout design by malcolm pugh

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Aethereus is a technical/progressive death metal band from Tacoma, Washington. Enough said.

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