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Wanderers: Astrology of The Nine

by Mare Cognitum

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Mortal, You aspire to become Τhe arrow that teaches The embodiment of virtue The carrier of Logos To voyage into uncharted expanses And wage war on the Old Gods Yet, mortal Your words are nought Your light is pallid Your armor is cracked Unless you thrust at yourself First The sword that you wield For even the smallest body And the faintest voice Can ripple dimensions apart Should their aim strike true enough A single day In two years of darkness
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Phobos looms, gazing everlong A ghastly visage, an unspeakable horror Words escape me as my body trembles Oppressed by fear, omen consummated Deimos stalks behind, baring teeth Ritual completed, harbingers avowed Their desires will become our desires Their virulence will become our bliss Tyrants reforming feeble minds Distorted wills, contorted in Everlasting devastation Cataclysmic manipulation A struggle begins as flesh clashes with flesh Thrashing carcasses, mindless, ravenous No longer selves, but collective will Desiring to crush all beneath their heels Bodies coagulate into sinuous mass Once life, now beyond meaningful form Burning, fusing, reduced into dust Billowing ashen winds blotting the sun Tyrants reforming feeble minds Distorted wills, contorted in Everlasting devastation Cataclysmic manipulation All is torn asunder as life is stripped away Crumbled stones are all that remain Grim epitaphs to a failed species Written with the blood of their offspring This world lost itself in misery To end in nothing but a whimper All life is dust in the wind All life is dust in the wind All life is dust in the wind All life is dust in the wind
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What to do with the hearth Deep inside the heart Of the earth That burns unconditionally In waiting For our return Ιt still warms you Light years away What to do with the love That is not asked, but given How to reciprocate And keep the unregulated flow of desire Away from bonds and borders This fire does not quench But burns more The greater the distance It melts the inside And the rising water And the fleeing animals And the dying crops Yield Listen to me, listen to me mother The starlight calls "Break away, my son Out of this planet But One Day Return And never forget Keep the home fires alive"
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Beacon of light, illuminate us Burn away this oppressive darkness So we may breathe in the elegance Of the lives we have been given, And of the life we can create On a noble throne, she awaits Gazing into the fathomless depths Ever facing inwards, to the cradle Where our existences began. Patiently she has endured years of provocation At the behest of those Who would see her kingdom ruined Yet her veil of tranquil clouds Which lies so gently above her countenance Conceals a storm of brilliant fire One which cannot be quenched By the hands of doomed men One which cannot be quenched By the feeble ways of old She strikes across the sky Glorious and unwavering A righteous retribution That shines for those who burned Beacon of light, illuminate us Burn away this oppressive darkness So we may breathe in the elegance Of the lives we have been given, And of the life we can create Brilliant beacon who oversees the stars, Who flashes like lightning above the highlands, Who splits apart the greatest of mountains, Behold the glory of your righteous wrath. Let your anger descend in shining conflagration Let their transgressions become kindling for the blaze And her veil of tranquil clouds Which lies so gently above her countenance Conceals a storm of brilliant fire One which cannot be quenched By the hands of doomed men One which cannot be quenched By the feeble ways of old She strikes across the sky Glorious and unwavering A righteous retribution That shines for those who burned
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Through eons, awaiting Years before existence Drift in exodus Finding peace in solitude A storm that walks the path Of ceaseless degradation A will to suffer Within a fortress of blight Malignant eyes brew poisonous storms Seas of venom misting upwards Into crystallized corruption The churning winds of ice Clouds of blood and dust Thunder within the noxious storm Tearing the murky shroud asunder A storm that walks the path Of ceaseless degradation A will to suffer Within a fortress of blight Malignant eyes brew poisonous storms Seas of venom misting upwards Into crystallized corruption The giant and the storm have become one flesh To conceive the diamond rainfall Endless shimmering waves of frozen light Reflect forever in the tempest’s eye Through eons, awaiting Years before existence Drifting in exodus Finding peace in solitude
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The liberty of December Odes to a past forlorn Of pleasure gained without blood Of love earned without domination Forgotten were the spoils of war The invisible foundation for our plenty As the memory of your shunned wife (Lua) Lurks to return for revenge History shall murder innocence In dread of its own reflection Yet the ideal mysteriously remains unscathed For it is has only been mistakenly aligned Towards the past Experiment, reverse the order Feast in spite of your oppressors A taste of freedom to appease A vision for the future to form
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Frozen oceans stretch beyond the horizon A sea of glass reflects the murky sun Rings of frost encircle the somber wastes The mystic endures the eternal winter Lusting to wander deep into the abyss Seeking answers which cannot be revealed Long-lost wisdom forgotten in a tomb Of seas of ice and millions of years Clandestine Seeking answers In the deep Deciphering The purpose of His own creation To discover the limits of the mind Rewriting the course of time Visions emblazoned Memories in stasis Reverse engineering subconscious Cryogenic suspension of thought Preconscious suppression Minds amalgamated Supersonic winds flow throughout the expanse While the seasons have ceased to exist Vortexing clouds blot out the weary sun Obscuring incandescence beneath the horrid mask Beyond it rests the anarchic remnants of formation Disrupted by the lethargic march through the frost Captured in its grasp and fettered to its will Now resonating into legions of the enslaved Clandestine Seeking answers In the deep Deciphering The purpose of His own creation Invoke The formation Reform The self Become The paradigm To discover the limits of the mind Rewriting the course of time Reverse engineering subconscious Cryogenic suspension of thought Visions emblazoned Memories in stasis Preconscious suppression Minds amalgamated Deciphering The purpose of His own creation
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Uranus, Father Sky, Patriarch Secured on your place by the Titans Uranus, overarching dome of bronze You encompass all with your presence Uranus, you love Gaia But hate the children she begets Every night you come to her Covering the earth from above, suffocating her Aware of nothing but yourself But you hate the children she begets Isn't it yourself, that you see in them? Won't Saturn follow in your footsteps? Won't Zeus? Heed this prophecy And castrate yourself Uranus, you proclaim, you protest, you curse But you do not understand yourself SILENCE! SILENCE! SILENCE! SILENCE! URANUS! FEEL HER RAGE, ΤΗΕ WRATH OF THE SEA AS IT UNFURLS RIGHTEOUS, UNRESTRAINED, INDESCRIMINATE BATHED NOT ΟNLY IN THE PRESENT BUT IN THE PREMONITION AND REMEMBERANCE OF MILLENIUMS OF OPPRESSION THE WOUNDS OF COUNTLESS SOULS SUBMERGED, MUTED, CAST AWAY ALL NOW EMBODIED IN A SINGLE VOICE SILENCE! SILENCE! SILENCE! SILENCE! Uranus, Your manhood slips behind your feet, Swollen and flaccid Your blood mixed with her waters Her waters turning into ice Engulfing you forever A world of rigidity Revolving around A system of change Her: “Come here boy In my cradle You have to stop Stop resisting Just whisper along with me The age of men is past The age of men is past The age of men is past”
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Sol's domain ends For distance weakens Even the reach of Gods I have outgrown your Love That shackles and binds In an eternal revolution And I am now ready. Beneath the ice, the underworld calls As soon as I step over the threshold Bolts of frost hurled into my body Ravaging sinews, for the essence to rise Divider into equal portions, lord of dissolution Arbiter of distant mortal affairs Your gift is a cold eternal embrace A wealth of oblivion and stasis Step away, For my sword erupts in Sol's fire. Beneath, awaits The Astral Bridge

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Veterans from countless successful releases including a seminal split album (“Sol”, 2013) that cemented their friendship and earned them unconditioned esteem and love from the atmospheric black metal aficionados, SPECTRAL LORE's sole member Ayloss and Jacob Buczarski from MARE COGNITUM join forces once again for another mystical trip through the stars. Monumental and daring in its length and scope, "Wanderers: Astrology Of The Nine" is a thematic journey through our solar system, illustrating and anthropomorphizing it into mythology which parallels our own humanity with the science of these mysterious formations.
“Inspired by Gustav Holst's Planets suite, we continue the exploration we began many years ago with 'Sol',” explain the artists; “we traverse outwards from the sun to each planet, weaving fables through a synthesis of their distinct physical features and a mythical personhood representing these features.”
Graced with a wondrous cover painting by the inimitable Elijah Tamu, “Wanderers: Astrology Of The Nine” is nothing but a never ending quest for mankind's cosmic origins, a celestial and philosophical observation on the notes of MARE COGNITUM and SPECTRAL LORE's music, perfectly in the balance between progressive yet furious black metal, and moments of ecstatic, melodic beauty.
“While we wish to capture the awe of the raw, natural beauty of our cosmic surroundings, we have also created our own cosmically inspired lore with each planet as our muse,” say Ayloss and Buczarski; ”therefore, each track is a narrative which represents our admiration for each cosmic entity: the psychic manifestations that were conjured through our own wonder of the majestic planetary system we call home.”

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Love Metal // Hate Fascism

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released March 13, 2020

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Mare Cognitum Portland, Oregon

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

Let yourself drift into the unknown edges of the cosmos.

The most beautiful thing one can experience is the mysterious.

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