Luminiferous Aether

by Mare Cognitum

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A pivotal name in today's atmospheric black metal metal scene, MARE COGNITUM have always had much more to offer than mere ambient-infused black metal riffing. Their previous works, 'Phobos Monolith' (2014) and 'An Extraconscious Lucidity' (2012) showed a pronounced progressive approach to metal, and an unbearable tension that often releases itself in majestic, memorably dark melodies. New album 'Luminiferous Aether' travels across the same astral paths of the past, but with a stronger philosophical vision that permeates both music and lyrics, giving birth to an original cosmic black metal opus that borders on pure sci-fi.

"'Luminiferous Aether' is a mere fragment of a larger contemplation of humanity's state, a reflection of its current position where it finds itself surrounded on all sides and even threatened from within," explains Californian multi-instrumentalist Jacob Buczarski, MARE COGNITUM's sole member. "In the face of an indifferent Universe, the hubris of man dictates that solutions come from self-destruction. The resulting rumination is a binary lamentation and musing on both whether or not and from where we can find hope, and also an investigation into what compels the human spirit to conquer the insurmountable, and to change in a deeper way than the catalyst of evolution would seem to spur."

More violent, nihilistic and intense than its predecessors, MARE COGNITUM's 'Luminiferous Aether' dissects mankind's dark nature and ponders its peculiar impetus for masochism. And by doing so, it glances at a problematic future, at our final destination. "In an attempt to pierce to the core of sentience and its significance," Buczarski concludes, "the light and darkness of man is weighed and considered, and one begins to realize that in all of this, the hourglass of time swiftly empties, marching confidently towards humanity’s inevitable end."
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releases September 16, 2016

i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com

All music composed, recorded, and produced by Jacob Buczarski at the Lunar Meadow, 2014-2016

Cover painting and logo by Moonroot Art
Layout by Francesco Gemelli

Vinyl edition out late 2016 via Fallen Empire Records:
bandcamp.fallenempirerecords.com

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Cat. n. IVR064

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released September 16, 2016

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Mare Cognitum is a one-man band conceived by Jacob Buczarski.

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Track Name: Heliacal Rising
Behold the light
Weaving between worlds
Weight carried deep

Wakes forging
Rifts of void

Flooding brilliance in waves of gold
Building roots beneath worlds
Constellating into translucent veins
Flowing with aetherous clouds

Crest the lunar dawn
In consummate inversion

Desiring to fill, and be filled forever
Lifting the veil in blindness

Behold the light weaving between worlds
Binding together the imiscible fragments of creation

Constellating into translucent veins
Flowing with aetherous clouds

Crest the lunar dawn
Track Name: The First Point Of Aries
Rising in the east
Magnificent fluorescence
Scorching the infinite
Unbound depths of sky

Forging an endless
Path once thought
To be sacred

Looming between
In formless rays
Transforming them
Searing blackened rays
Windows to another world

Beacons of light communing with stars
Shatter their binding chains

Searing blackened rays
Windows to another world

Echoes of those communing with the stars
Dispersing life beyond the sky

Deep outside the reaches of time
Stillness pierced by spectral screams
Nomadic storms of numb reclusion

Colossal effigies of swirling light
Desolate gales of souls

Pushed to the deepest reaches of eternity

The first point of Aries
The first point of Aries

A moment of bliss
An inexorable calm
In fire that burned
For thousands of year

Revealed within
A peak that was insurmountable

The mirror is found
And reflects the soul
To only be shattered

Searing blackened rays
Windows to another world

Beacons of light communing with stars
Shatter their binding chains

Searing blackened rays
Windows to another world

Echoes of those communing with the stars
Dispersing life beyond the sky

Deep outside the reaches of time
The mirror eclipses the darkest void

A final glimpse of the
Divine

Behold the reflections
A mirrored evolution
Echoing communion of thought
Towering above in glory
Track Name: Constellation Hipparchia
Sight begins in simple forms
Receiving light, benign in its many shades
Warming the lifeless rifts of void
Within the cracks of a desolate world

Nothing can be questioned
And nothing can be seen
Corruption festers from within
Blinding with the warmest light

Ignorantly striving higher
Higher to the serpent sun
Corrosive plagues afflicting further
Ruminate the deluge of sin

Nothing can be questioned
And nothing can be seen
Corruption festers from within
Blinding with the warmest light

Lumination
Revealing rifts corroding in the deep
Constellations
Burying the withered aeons of the past

Lumination
Revealing rifts corroding in the deep
Constellations
Burying the withered aeons of the past

Lingering within the shadows
Obscured beyond the vibrant lights
Beacons of inherent truth
Veiling themselves in our pride

Are they peering deep within us?
Have they known us long before
While they aim to blind us
We do not turn away

Our deepest terrors are revealed
Strewn across the radiant sky
As we wither in the shadows
Eclipsing all the selves we have created

Are they peering deep within us?
Have they known us long before
While they aim to blind us
We do not turn away

Lumination
Revealing rifts corroding in the deep
Constellations
Burying the withered aeons of the past

Lumination
Revealing rifts corroding in the deep
Constellations
Burying the withered aeons of the past

To have traveled so far
Only to be left in blindness, wandering alone
Witnessing the crucifixion of the self
Leaves nothing to be sought on these worlds

Yet as heads are hung in mourning for the end
Open hands descend in offering

An understanding of the utmost consciousness
Revealing paths into future realms

To have traveled so far
Only to be left in blindness, wandering alone
Is not enough to conquer the soul
It is a beginning
Track Name: Occultated Temporal Dimensions
Demiurge
Cultivate
Sealed doorways
Into flesh

Imbue them
With the curse
Of Time
Eternity

Replicated convergence
Mass-created entropy
Occultated consciousness
Eclipsing transmigration

Epochs screaming into void
Orbiting in time-vessels
Indifference withered by parasites
Petrify their luminous veins

Reincarnation
Of spectral pasts
Shaped by their former selves
Haunted by their death

Pathways
Bittered with
Sinew from
Dead stars

Wandering
Endlessly
Encased
In flesh

Replicated convergence
Mass-created entropy
Occultated consciousness
Eclipsing transmigration

Epochs screaming into void
Orbiting in time-vessels
Indifference withered by parasites
Petrify their luminous veins

Pathways
Bittered with
Sinew from
Dead stars

Wandering
Endlessly
Encased
In flesh

Lapsing into itself
Ravaged by the crumbling void

Surging outwards, dwarfed by nothingness

A grand upheaval
Binary spheres of swirling time
Traject into binding unity

Behold the consummation
Bleeding from its aetherous wounds
Rising up as a vapor
The breath of surging death

Lapsing into itself
Ravaged by the crumbling void

Reduced to a brittle shell
Belabored, it cries and returns to dust

Behold the consummation
Bleeding from its aetherous wounds
Rising up as a vapor
The breath of surging death

Lapsing into itself
Ravaged by the crumbling void

White as ash it falls before
The vacant eyes of eternity

Spiraling into brilliant shrines
Threads that reach to the darkest depths

Grasping deep into the dark
Planting the seeds of future worlds

Aphotic seeds procreate
Multitudes in multitudes

Flashing moments of past perceptions
Harrowing visions of the all-mind

Lapsing into itself
Ravaged by the crumbling void

White as ash it falls before
The vacant eyes of eternity

Behold the consummation
Bleeding from its aetherous wounds
Rising up as a vapor
The breath of surging death
Track Name: Aether Wind
Prostrate we fall before the grand transfiguration
Senses dull into a kaleidoscopic labyrinth
Into a trancelike state we rise before the eidolon
Self-permutation into the purest divine

Observing creation through multitudinous eyes
Creating a sphere of concentrated perception
Witnessing time as it crumbles into dust
Impulsively formed into structures anew

The incessant void rests in open palms
A canvas on which to create and destroy
Catalyzing time and space as energy
The hands clasp the shards of nothingness

Constructing the pillars of life
Sculpted with fragments of time
Written on parchments of sky
Revealing the poetry of the gods

Between congruent representations of time
Exists a gap of complex irreverent forms
An anarchy of the body and the senses
Lying between the absurd and the sublime

A disregard for the logic of the sentient
Action defined by the absence of provocation
Defining the will of those within its confines
Through the decomposition of purpose and desire

A pure creation
Lucid and unfettered
Bearing the aether wind
Lifted into glorious

Chaos

The splendor beheld here has no end
The splendor beheld here has no end
The splendor beheld here has no end
The splendor beheld here has no end