Pantheion

by Crow Black Sky

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Shaun Black
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Shaun Black The music on this album is quite impressive but the vocalist seems totally out of place with what this band has managed to accomplish. He goes on in a monotone, midrange, noncommittal black metal style that is just too bland for the surrounding music. Too bad. This would be much better with a vocalist with more range and dexterity. Favorite track: A Shadow Consumes the Desert Sun.
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Mattias Janebrink Cool with metal from (South) Africa!
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11 tracks, 66 minutes in length.

"Obviously having huge Opeth and Amon Amarth influence, these tracks essentially sound like the best way you could blend those two bands... The songwriting here isn’t just a fluke — these guys have serious potential."
Phil Creswell - Angry Metal Guy

"The musicality and songwriting on Pantheion is of really high quality. It is very easy to get lost in Crow Black Sky's music and a lot of it would not feel out of place in an action/fantasy film, accompanying Tolkien-esque battles or sprawling mountain vistas."
Rory Molyneux - Metal4Africa

"Crow Black Sky... instantly bellowed forth with their own seamless blend of black, death and progressive metal thunder. Irrespective of their influences their core direction is very much black metal with an experimental twist..."
Scott Miller, Adrian Pettit - Metal4Africa

"The production values are amazing considering it's self-produced (Pantheion) by the boys in Crow Black Sky themselves..."
Prax - Metalistits

"The writing, recording, and production of this album has been one hell of an ambitious and exciting undertaking. Along with building the recording environment one piece at a time, we set out on a seemingly-impossible course to write interesting and truly original music, influenced by the diversity of the many genres on the opposite ends of the world of music.

The atmospheres of the different songs drift between foreboding despair, crushing victory, godless arrogance, composed humility, lost love, magnificent power, and heartless betrayal. The lyrics are also based on many different ideas, such as historical battles where the victors were against all odds, ancient cataclysmic earthly and mythical events, the duty to abandon love and life in service to the homeland, and the individual's dismal pilgrimage toward religious corruption or from religious confinement."
Gideon Lamprecht - Crow Black Sky

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released November 30, 2010

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Artwork by Stephen Spinas
Production and Mastering by Gideon Lamprecht

Crow Black Sky is:
Ryan Higgo - Vocals
Gideon Lamprecht - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Kean Malcolmson - Rhythm Guitar
Lawrence Jaeger - Drums
Stephen Spinas - Bass

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Track Name: Dissention
Riding on the clouds, we will stoke the flames!
Breaking from the past, put them all to shame!
Bleeding for the cause, we won't yield to them!
Children of the sun, we will scorn their names!

Try to no avail... We won't step aside!
Seek and you shall find... No triumph or might!
Fail endlessly... Foolish in our sight!
We are the embodiment of all that you despise!

Spread your wings, Upward, rise!
Hatred seethes, within your eyes!
Far ahead of the rest!
They will not withstand the test!
Disavow, curse their names!
Cast them down into the flames!
Break their will, don't hold back!
The time is right for attack!

Surface from the ground, we will deviate!
Crawling from our holes, we will dominate!
Emerging from the shades, to our rightful place!
Descending from the air, we will rise from grace!

Try to no avail... We won't be dethroned!
Seek and ye shall find... There's no place to run!
Fail endlessly... You can cast your stones!
All that you resent and fear is what we will become!

Spread your wings, Upward, rise!
Hatred seethes, within your eyes!
Far ahead of the rest!
They will not withstand the test!
Disavow, curse their names!
Cast them down into the flames!
Break their will, don't hold back!
The time is right for attack!
Track Name: The Oppressor's Fortune
The Persians had one day arrived on our shores, but swiftly their advance was repelled! Their number was five times that of ours; by fear of our lives we were held!

Amongst their ranks stood Hippias, the tyrant whom we had exiled! His was a sordid, disgraceful intent, dripping with hatred and guile!

Upon our bastions of hopeless defense, death watched in fervor unveiling a devilish smile!

Though gripped by the claws of despair, and faced with the end of our lives, we knew that the traitor was near, and that soon he would meet his demise! Many were slain on both sides, as we withstood their attacks! To death, we fought with pride, as they were taken aback!

We confined their army to Marathon, a perfect location to defend! They came to terms with the stalemate, though sudden conflict did impend!

Abruptly they strode toward our lines, their arrows did promptly descend! We marched in to meet them face to face; our flanks moved out to circumvent!

Our trump card was instantly brought into play: Our hoplites were vastly superior, to the greatest extent!

Though gripped by the claws of despair, and faced with the end of our lives, we knew that the traitor was near, and that soon he would meet his demise! Many were slain on both sides, as we withstood their attacks! To death, we fought with pride, as they were taken aback!

None were relieved of their violent fate with the exception of one: The traitorous tyrant, Hippias, whose actions could not be undone!
The entire city of Athens cheered, with the glorious sun overhead! With the triumphant cries all around, it was me who severed his head!
Track Name: Pantheion
The light starts to dim, as Ra withholds day,
Memphis is in disarray!
A mortal despair, a petrified cold,
Blankets the nomes as foretold!

The eyes of the gods, beholding their fear,
Illume with expressions austere!
Convicted are all, and worthy are none!
Their heresy must be undone!

Khepri invokes the deceased by his will...
Heeding his call, they obey!
Scarabs come forth from their brittle remains...
Untold in number are they!

Every horizon is tainted in full,
The landscapes violently quake!
Pestilence... Swarms!
Death descends on its wings!
Forthwith onlookers wither away,
Nothing remains in their wake!

The cries pierce the air, as judgment is served,
The wailing and prayers go unheard!
In moments of death, the firstborn are slain,
Survivors are cursed and plagued!

The eyes of the gods, beholding their fear,
Illume with expressions austere!
Convicted are all, and worthy are none!
Their heresy shall be undone!

Sekhmet ascends from the horrible depths...
Her children emerge from the ground!
Hissing and endless as the sea...
To Sekhmet's will they are bound!

Terrible creatures ravage the land,
Thirsting for human flesh!
With vengeance and disgust for the living there...

The gods look down upon the death and demise of wicked man!

As the final day drew near,
And mankind paid for its sins...
Osiris motioned for the end,
And time kneeled down to him!

Finally mankind became extinct,
The Nile ran thick with blood!
Bodies decayed, and scattered throughout,
Majestic dawn ensued...
The Pantheion looked down upon their work,
And saw that it was good!
Track Name: Retribution
A refutal of tribute angers our king...
The emissary's head to us returned!
This hostile gesture will not be ignored...
With the blessing of Odin, war was affirmed!

For days we journeyed into south,
Across the perilous scapes!
Over the hills, hidden in shroud...
To where our enemies await!

The splendorous sun watches over us all,
Our steel and armor bright as gold!
As we prepare ourselves for...

War!
The blood of our enemies will drip from our swords!
Troubled we'll be...
Nevermore!
We will vanquish their men and butcher their young!
Retribution and war!

On the horizon, their city now in view...
Unsuspecting are they!
The king and his heroes formulate our plans...
We abide till the end of the day!

The sound of horns calls them out to fight,
And signifies the shedding of their blood!
Howling with pride! Weapons up high!
Lightning striking the ground!

Hundreds of them! Hundreds of us!
Charging, fearless of death!
There is no turning back!
In the name of Odin...

Attack!
The blood of our enemies will drip from our swords!
Troubled we'll be...
Nevermore!
We will vanquish their men and butcher their young!
Retribution!

Triumphantly, we make our way home,
Singing songs of victory!
None can oppose!
We thirst for...

War!
The blood of our enemies will drip from our swords!
Troubled we'll be...
Nevermore!
We will vanquish their men and butcher their young!
Retribution and war!
Track Name: Stars of God
Release me from my cage...
Show me forbidden things!
Unveil to me the truth...
That I may ascend within!

Guide me over mountainsides where weak have stumbled down!
Show me ways of arrogance that I may be enthroned!
None could fathom the magnitude of what I will become!
Glorify the god in me... I worship me alone!

Hereby I denounce all faith, and substitute my mind!
Hereby I oppose and abrogate religious lies!
Hereby I reject the ancient prophecies foretold!
Hereby I exalt my throne above the stars of God!
Track Name: Our Path Disdained
Morning comes, the glorious break of dawn!
Shadows waning, from the house and the barn!
The sun creeps out from behind the distant hills!
Paints the sky with gold... A new day is here!

Awake, I arise, and walk out the door!
To see her there, leaning against the wall!
Sadness in her eyes... A tear runs down her face!
A letter in her hand... Something is out of place!

A service to our homeland, a sudden call to arms...
A necessary evil, no choice of right or wrong...

Was no way we could stay together!
Counted days, far away, forever!

Years of war went by, so far away from home!
Many friends there died, hungry and alone!
Driven my mortal fear... The primordial will to survive!
The end was nowhere near... Would I ever get out alive?

In the darkest of my hours, the twilight of my life...
As we fought on holy ground, I could see her by my side!

Finally the war was coming to an end!
Free to go home! It was hard to comprehend...

Once again, we could be together!
From this day, I will stay forever!

I vowed on this day...
Never again would I go astray!
Never again would I turn away!
Never again will I forsake!