Realms

by Lysithea

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'Realms' is our fifth release, the follow-up to 2014's 'The Secret Fate of All Life'. 6 songs totaling an hour of atmospheric melodic doom metal.

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"Lysithea manage to cater to both the doom and melodic death crowds in equal favor with Realms. On the one hand, you’ll hear all the hallmarks of solid doom/death: elaborate and lengthy songs, somber atmospheres with a harsh/soft dynamic blended in, and punishing roars. The type of thing that would appease many fans of Daylight Dies, Atten Ash, or Woccon. Yet they strike a distinct balance with melodic death metal’s twin guitar harmonies. Those who still yearn for the type that The Jester Race-era In Flames could pull off, or even a more doom-rooted band like Insomnium at their more upbeat moments." - deadrhetoric.com

"The slow pull into its maelstrom of kick drum and guitar is the kind of beautiful trudge you'd expect from doom metal, but there's an explosive energy here too, a fusion of the dulcet and gloomy that continues to set Lysithea a notch above, and it threads the album beginning to end...Realms is every drop the sumptuous, worthwhile recording any gloom-eared metalhead could beg the Elder Gods for."
- Albums to Stick in Your Ears

credits

released April 17, 2015

tracks 2, 3, 5 written by Mike Lamb;
recorded at R'lyeh Studio in Dunedin, New Zealand

tracks 1, 4, 6 written by Mike Wilson;
recorded at The Beardroom in Wellington, New Zealand

vocals & lyrics by Mike Wilson
female vocals on 'The Lighthouse' by Chloe Bray

Mike W.'s vocals recorded at The Dungeon in Dunedin, New Zealand
Chloe's vocals recorded at R'lyeh Studio in Dunedin, New Zealand

produced by Mike Lamb & Mike Wilson at
R'lyeh Studio in Dunedin, New Zealand

cover art: 'Parliament of Dream' by Christophe Sivet, 1996
(www.sivet-christophe.com; oil on canvas, 73x60cm)
with digital enhancements by Jak West (www.jaxgraphix.co.nz)

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Track Name: Hyperborea
There is a sickness deep within
From time immemorial
All consuming
All destroying
Inevitable

I will not depart like this
Focus now...
Transference

No ship nor marching feet will help me find my way
I must leave the body behind to reach a realm of eternal day
A land untouched by disease, old age or needless war
Roam the Garden of Apollon, forget the life that I abhor

I will not depart like this
Focus now...
Transference

Letting go of the body
Clinging to the mind
To free myself of its cold claws
To rid myself of the blight

To go beyond the north wind
To never see the night
To live the rest of my days
In perpetual sunlight
Track Name: The Cosmic Eye
Above the mortal realm, the centre of all galaxies
Gathered again under a starlit canopy
Creators of fate, writers of all history

We have always been here
Spread through existence like a disease
But you are all oblivious
We form your greatest triumphs
We plant your unyielding fears
Unknown and insidious

Watchers of the worlds
Good and evil preconceived
The Cosmic Eye is open
Standing right beside you Lurking in your dreams
The Cosmic Eye is open

We have seen you crawl from the oceans
We have seen you climb down from the trees
Dictating evolution
We have watched the rise of empires
Decided exactly when they fall
Inciting revolution

Watchers of the worlds
Good and evil preconceived
The Cosmic Eye is open
Standing right beside you Lurking in your dreams
The Cosmic Eye is open

With just one glance from the Eye...

With just one glance from the Eye
Existence changes shape and thrives
With just one glance from the Eye
Existence suffocates and dies
All was made for our amusement
Lives made to twist and turn
Free will is an illusion
And when we're done, all shall burn

Life is ephemeral
Our power eternal
Here at the centre of all galaxies

Watchers of the worlds
Good and evil preconceived
The Cosmic Eye is open
Standing right beside you Lurking in your dreams
The Cosmic Eye is open
Track Name: Ghosting
Winter once again
Footprints long faded
Following the path you took
The path of no return

Images on the water
A face over my shoulder
Ghosting me

We used to haunt this remote landscape
Losing ourselves among the hills
Long days and nights under luminous skies
This is where you said it all would end

Never quite believing
Never really knew just how deep it ran
You always came back

It seems like a lifetime ago
But unlike the footprints, you won't fade

Now you alone haunt this remote landscape
Now you alone haunt my wake and dreams
I see your face under the water
Forever ghosting me
Track Name: Tomb of the Somnambulist
Searching, ever-searching
To find my way back to the land of the living
No sense of time nor restful sleep
Trapped in a realm between death and dream

A fable told once long ago
Enough to long for insomnia
A place an unlucky few ever know
A sleepwalker's dystopia

No escape from this tomb
Where those who walk in their sleep are condemned
Signs of those who have come before
Sickening traces of their end
Anguished faces line the landscape
Their horror etched in stone
Monuments to those expired
Somnambulant and alone

I know now
My spirit will never leave this tomb
Disconnected
My body knows not it's doom

No escape from this tomb
Where those who walk in their sleep are condemned
Signs of those who have come before
Sickening traces of their end
Anguished faces line the landscape
Their horror etched in stone
This is where I expire
Somnambulant and alone
Track Name: The Lighthouse
I step beyond the border
Into the watching wilderness
A path left by the lost who went before

The mysteries unfurl
The mists obscure the outside world
And in the dark the shadows bloom like flowers

I hear the quiet call
Inside the darkly dreaming earth
To follow where the crawling creature goes

The creeping brightness slows
The town deserted, overgrown
And in the distance the lighthouse no longer glows

Alien to us
An attempt at survival
Like distant tide pools
Spread through the universe
Linked in ways we cannot comprehend

Ingestion of the spores
The brightness grows within
Every sense is magnified
With the dark there comes the sound
The creatures in the reeds
Every fear intensifies

The need to terraform
The writing on the walls
A living communication
The life form in the tower
So far away from home
Horrific transmutations

'Where lies the strangling fruit that came from the hand of the sinner
I shall bring forth the seeds of the dead to share with the worms...'

'In the black water with the sun shining at midnight
That which is golden is the fatal revelation'

Years and years pass by
Stitching in the sky
It's ultimate creation
The borders are expanding
There's still little understanding
There is no cessation...
Track Name: Death Chant
I have been marked with death

This path once so familiar
Now leads me into the unknown
The trees they stare at me
With an all too knowing sneer
Twisted and gnarled
In these woods I once found solace
Now only misery prevails
In the clearing where I found you
Breathing shallow, body frail
I know my time has come

Into the night
Celestial light
Constellations guide me
Grant me sight

Time slows down...
Down to a sickly crawl

Flashes of white
Hinder my sight
The constellations falter
The fear ignites

Slower now
A glacial drip
The death chant conquers all

Transcendental melody
Otherworldly threnody

Away from the light
Funereal rite

Within and throughout
Playing me out

I hear the death chant