Anthropocene

by Wilderness Hymnal

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"Eerie...cinematic" - Uncut

"Transcendent... If you want to create a sound that’s truly your own, this is how you do it." - Astral Noize

"Unique sonic realms...a spellbinding experience" - Birthday Cake For Breakfast

"This is some record, epic in scale and ambition, and relentless in its pursuit of what it sees as the truth" - Louder Than War

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released November 30, 2018

Javier Wallis - Piano, vocals, keyboards, programming, misc. instrumentation.
Michael Kelly - Guitar, bass, mandolin.
John Simm - Drums & percussion.

Field recording on 'Verguenza' by Benjamin Burnes.
Cello samples on 'Abyssal' by Oisín Scarlett.

Recorded in 2016-17 by Joe Garcia at Joe's Garage, Bristol, and Javier Wallis at El Castillo, Manchester. Drums engineered by Chris Taylor at Noiseboy Studios, Salford.
Produced and mixed by Joe Garcia & Javier Wallis.
Mastered by James Plotkin.

All songs written by Javier Wallis.
Artwork, design & logo by Javier Wallis.

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Wilderness Hymnal Utrecht, Netherlands

Apocalyptic psalms for the dusk of Mankind.
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Wilderness Hymnal was started by Javier Wallis in 2011, drawing on a love for nature and hallucinatory Catholic childhood where church, forest and dark history weren't far away from one another.

The result is a series of strangely apocalyptic hymns that blur the lines between doom metal, glacial electronica, progressive rock and eerie folk music.
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Track Name: Verguenza
Your blood is in my blood
Your pain is in my pain
Your shame
Became mine
Track Name: Abyssal
Do you not yet see
While you were asleep
The borderlines were drawn
Now hands begin to reach
Down into the deep
Seeking more gold to choke on
Men once feared the teeth of vipers
Men once feared the pull of the water
Men once feared the wrath of nature
Once there were lights in the abyss
But there’s nothing down there now

All is impermanent
But we are accelerating
All is impermanent
But now shifting faster than before

Is it in our nature to corrupt?
Track Name: Altar (Wilderness)
My flame burned low
Though the engine kept on
The slow-burn peril
Worn down, but still ploughed on
And my thoughts, shooting sparks
Flash, brief
A constellation in the yawning black
Losing hours became losing years
While I drowned in the vacuum here

These new desires, they are poisoning us
Through every fibre
Breeding a carelessness with our integrity
A brazen disregard for our vulnerabilities

The sky it boils along the horizon
They would deceive you, son
I was born on the mountain,
I was born in the wilderness
Finding refuge in the arms of the forest
Come to exile at an altar of green
Flint and tinder to relight the fire to endure
Beyond the ones we have been
Track Name: Aorta
Teething nightmares
Billow in the margins of the frame
In the dark, white-crowned
Mountains reach for the sky
Fear accumulating
Building up to a quake
Roiling magma like golden blood
Churning through arteries
Track Name: Ascención
Everything that they saw,
And smelled, and touched
Passed down to me
A chain of memories
In the blood, quietly
An ancient whispering
But I had lost my way
So I dug deep, to recall
How to bloom
Like new synapses forming

I found a weapon in my mother’s tongue,
Felt the black echo of absence to come
But the terms have not been met
And the years blur
Like migraine shimmers
Until we would rather
Listen to liars
Than to find the truth ourselves
Finding refuge in wilful ignorance
Is it bliss?
Is it…?
Track Name: Bone Script
Weighing two forms
(Humming)
Warm tendons burst beneath your skin
Raging for a body
Burning in these furnaces
Carving, breaking all forms of light
And when you conjure the spark, then
As the lines breach,
Reach for omens into the void
And when you find
The final wounds in you, see
Fires in the eye
Fires in the eye

Wane into the other
Weighed against another
Wade into the other
Weighed against another
Track Name: Caldera
The root
Can you find it?
Do you really care to know
What you are thinking
Deeper below
A consequence
Even as you lie still
Face turning blue
All slowly becoming clear
Track Name: Meltwater
The scene of violence
Can’t close my eyes
Barren earth, a world of wounds
Taking it all
And splitting it all
Even the permafrost is buckling

And like the land changed
Our minds warp and strain
We twist beyond recognition

A body like a glacier
Eroding at the roots
Sloughing off meltwater
As rivers burst with the swell
It’s all much too soon
And pain comes in waves
But we turn
We turn a blind eye
We still build our towers higher

We are lost
And this is a pointless cost
Track Name: Sulphur
All peaks and angles,
We march into the field
And our feelings are like
Sulphur burning off
The pressure is building
The fissures are yawning

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