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by Bishop and Atheist

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Make peace At the altar of sleep Every child Every man, every beast As I roam Through the forest alone I'll find myself At the altar to feast As I greet At the altar of sleep The man dressed in white Beckons to me As I drink The liquor he streams I fall and I drift Towards the land of my dreams As I leave From the altar of sleep A strange feeling Engulfs me As I run Through the forest of home I find myself Wandering the unknown
In the forest before me The tallest, darkest tree A tower filled with green A home for moss and leaves And as I'm closer now I hear an awful sound Its bark is cracked and falls Blood and flesh now sprawl With eyes all opened wide I've no time left to hide I listen to the tree The words he speaks to me "For when the sword's been broken And when the earth spins wrong You'll see a pathway open You'll see the final wall You'll see the last path woven You'll see the trees as they fall You'll hear the last words spoken As they speak to the ruin of all And when the last branch is broken And when the red snow falls You'll see a pathway open You'll see the closing wall"
When the tree had broke the bark bent off and groan sat pointing to the shrubs along the mossy road "This where the stone gave birth this is where the tree was grown this is where you'll find the path the path to Hecate's Throne" "This where the stone gave birth this is where the tree was grown Now I show you to the path the path to Hecate's Throne"
Corylus Hall 04:20
the trees cover the sky their limbs wrap around mine I feel them move me now along the earthen ground we traveled to a hall where bark and bough made wall one face in three I saw the Sacred here the Goddess whispers runic here the Goddess comes to light gaze upon Her might and glory bringing dead and night to life I walked upon the logs and blood was dripping from the leaves so far above caught I was where the Goddess whispers runic where the Goddess comes to light I saw ghosts and curses lifted in the hall that lives at night "have you come to be Her son here you come to grow as one only a Goddess can grant such power rend your flesh and gild your mind if you seek Her transformation Her name in truth you'll speak in time She is not the witch they've told you, no She brings light where there is none" the trees renew my eyes I hear their whispers clear roots guiding me from fear when they tell where my Goddess whispers runic where my Goddess makes her light I will take the three paths to You I pray You will take my life
the words of the tree ring in my ears I've come a thousand miles to here to worship on Hecate's throne where I'll never be alone "along the road the gnarling roots lay a twisting path in front of you I have called you here to be my son I have brought you up for you're the one" the wood of blood lies behind the hall, it's wonders still in mind past the wood, the blood and stone leads at last to Hecate's throne along the road I see my fate Her glory rising every way She's called me now to serve as one I've been brought out I am the one I am the one As I walk the winding trees the roots emerge to follow me they catch my feet, they skin my toes they work their way through flesh and bone She's called me now to serve as one as I fall through the trees bark and branches puncture me they spill my blood, they break my bones they take my heart my eyes, my soul I am brought out I serve as one I see Her glory all above I see the work of blood and stone the power held in Hecate's throne
I was born another blade, a blade of grass I found shelter in the shade, growing fast when the winds change they adjust the view this old sick game tore us up through we were shelter from the rain, fodder too we were finished with their game, and we grew high above the greatest plain, grown anew shaking off the sense of shame, we follow through when the winds change we will let them know their rules will change we wont cease to grow when the trees have achieved our ambition beast is the first to go never again will they hither our progress the greatest among us will know and together every tree, and fields of grass we will grow to end their reign, the beasts at last
what have you done? where have you gone? your brother's blood screams through the dawn I came here I struck him fast I buried him in dark green grass you will be marked in soul but not skin seven times the sanction seven times the sin I am driven out made to fugitive alone I wander from your face I am hid my death will swift it will come to pass I'll bury myself in the dark green grass
Clear Creek 04:04
the water is always flowing fast eternity is coming back and when you see the tide ebb and fall you'll know it means the end of us all and when I die you know I won't be coming back don't bury me in the filth, ash and sod let me rest where I'll make no tracks the earth is burning and burning fast the leaves drying and turn to ash and when your children can't breathe at all every sign won't seem so small and when I die you know I won't be coming back don't leave me where the men build their walls let me be in the unclouded path and now there's nothing left but to fall let the sun dry us up and take us all see there's nothing left to run or catch my feet are nothing more, my legs won't last and now all that's left is to drown let the winds blow hard and knock us down and there's nothing left to glimpse or gasp my legs are burning up, my sight can't last the waves of heat aren't slowing fast eternity has come at last when you see creation in its thrall you'll know we've reached the end of it all
Firefly 04:07
Firefly, burning bright Firefly, in the night Do you know The shade you glow? Oh firefly In the night Firefly, giving light I watch your body in the night Do you know How bright you glow? Oh firefly In my life Lightning fly, black of night Burning body, bursting light Do you know Where you will go? When passing by Flying heights Firefly, burning bright I watch your body in the night Do you know The shade you glow? Oh firefly In the night Do you know How bright you glow? Oh firefly In my life
when Giants roamed in the days of old when my spirit abode amongst those flesh and bone and today I grieve for the world i conceived I must kill each man every bird, insect and beast the sons of God took women and woman gave them child I see now the evil Adam has in his line wickedness and judgement the fate of all mankind their heart and thoughts are evil monstrous brood of mine I cannot see who walked with me no justice or reprieve this earth corrupt before me and I am driven mad by the sons of Adam all I now see is that which breaks and destroys me the world an evil place Ha'adam a wicked race never was there hope to change the darkness that bore me and today I grieve for the world i conceived I must kill each man every thing which moves and breathes now I will send the waters and take all living things to destroy from under heaven all that moves and breathes no man or beast surviving no wives or sons of man there's no way left to hide from the wrath I fill on this land the world's destroyed by water there is nothing left the world's destroyed by water man is put to rest yet under waves of water I see something strange a pitched ark made of cedar filled with living things man has turned and fooled me used my madness to gain a trickster man of Noach hidden under waves the whole world now against me because of cleansing rains man must learn to fear me or he'll know we're the same I will give them scripture lay my story down make them think I spared him they won't see I'm insane make this man a prophet father to many lands pride and ego save me man cannot not escape it man will always fall it may have lived through water but the world won't live for long
Left 03:32
when I'm dead they'll put me to rest then I'll be like everyone else when I've died I'll have left buried like everyone else when I've died and I've left finally like everyone said when I'm dead and you I've left then I'll be like everyone else


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Hæthenous, the debut full-length LP from Bishop and Atheist, is an album of seven stories told in eleven parts.

The first five songs are one complete, original story centering on pagan themes, while the rest tell stand-alone tales revolving around nature, death and destruction, inspired by reality, imagination and ancient myth.

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released October 4, 2015

All music, lyrics, recording, production, mixing, mastering, etc. by Dan Dawson.


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