Anthropocene

by Wilderness Hymnal

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1.
Verguenza 04:58
Your blood is in my blood Your pain is in my pain Your shame Became mine
2.
Abyssal 05:54
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?
3.
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
4.
Aorta 03:22
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
5.
Ascención 04:49
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…?
6.
Bone Script 05:30
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
7.
Caldera 03:23
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
8.
Meltwater 06:20
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
9.
Sulphur 02:00
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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"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

Wilderness Hymnal is the solo project of British-Venezuelan musician and visual artist Javier Wallis.
Drawing on a hallucinatory Catholic childhood where church, forest and dark history weren't far away from each other, the result is a series of apocalyptic psalms that blur the lines between doom metal, glacial electronica, progressive rock and eerie folk music. ... more

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