Of Origin, Conflict, and Recurrence

by Shroud Of Despondency

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Written and recorded by Rory Heikkila on garbage equipment over the course of 5 months. Punch ins on first guitar were generally not permitted. Lyrically this album is much different than anything Shroud of Despondency has done in the past. The approach to the lyrics centered more on a fictional scenario concerning how religion/spirituality came to dominate the thought processes of human beings and, of course, how certain other types decided to rebel against it. The lyrics also deal with the cyclical nature of such conflicts, the ebb and flow contained in the eternal jostling for power over human consciousness and will. It is, in a sense, the first Shroud of Despondency release that does not see spirituality as easily defeated by individual strength. Instead it is seen more as a pesky little symbiotic relationship which, in spite of any tendencies towards resistance a minority may have, has an advantage over freedom and nature.

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released September 4, 2016

Rory Heikkila-All Instruments, clean singing on "Adversarial Knowledge" and "Undergoing the Evolution of Decay."
Ron Blemberg- Vocals.

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Shroud of Despondency was formed by Rory Heikkila in the late 1990's.

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Track Name: From the Sky and into a Vessel
Rained down with the meteors
Third storm in as many days
A sense of loss, a sense of the void
Set out on a darkened path
The drenching essence had many ways
Imposed its sense while demanding praise
Covered Earth secretly in glorified misery
Took away from the free all the choice and instinct
Made them bleed, made new creeds, made them see through their dreams
Made blank slates, designed self rape, subconsciously
Before human consciousness, before the bright dawn
Before civilized notions had been self-righteously spawned
Waiting to be unleashed, building strength to release its decree
Of resentment, of torture, of hatred as unity
An unknown birth somewhere in the desert of the first zeitgeist
The first consciousness to bear the mark of the mind heist
Any symbol carved into the flesh could eventually be seen
So a branding of new character had to suffice
And like rats the beliefs did breed
From the womb of discomfort came the disciples
They, the future-less
Spread far and wide, new leaders came and died
And the remnants of the spiritual plague further corrupted human kind
The ears who heard the essence proselytize
Ensured it would survive
Naivety made them easy to control
All blind men wander between flashes of lightning never seen
Never finding
Covered Earth secretly in glorified misery
Took away from the free all the choice and instinct
Made them bleed, made new creeds, made them see through their dreams
Made blank slates, designed self rape, subconsciously
Track Name: Adversarial Knowledge
Drenched in invisible blood and begging for freedom of self
Just another victim of commodity with no reason to fear nature
Absorbed in a nurturing abyss, one where pain cannot persist
Constant defensiveness of a moral revisionist
He who gave light to the future-less
Seeing things that cannot be seen
Allowed fear to turn to belief
And ask for forgiveness of deeds
That cannot be obscene.
Ripe fruit for the malnourished
Something else to consume
Yet even there, where most were starving
A new tree with new seeds would bloom
He who would resist the light
Adversarial knowledge in the mind of the man
Who once sought to be led by the brightness
Embraced pain, stopped begging for freedom of self
And gave birth to a darkened self likeness
Birth of a shadow took place on a mountain
Where the enlightened man lived in secrecy
Forsaking the future-less, he turned his back
Realized their need for obedience
Track Name: In Search of Breadth or Collapse
Time burned off the face, cycled into place
Colossal arms race, Ouroborus like chase
Sides stood still wanting collapse or breadth
Men took sides wanting new heights or depths
Unconcerned with their own life or tomb
What fell from the sky fully consumed
And the bombs reigned down
And the heavens roared
And the oceans quaked
From the death knell’s chord
“Forward! No one can stop our progress”
“Forward! We want more, they will have less”
“Forward! We have reason on our side”
“Forward! Belief, not reason, can’t die”
The future-less claimed God was at their side
Those of the mountain only knew self pride
No surprise, those with God wanted blood
Those without had blood that couldn’t abide
“Forward! Make alterations in law”
“Forward! They seek to alter the law”
“Forward! No progress in moral law”
“Forward! We are chosen under law”
The future-less claimed God was at their side
Those of the mountain only knew self pride
No surprise, those with God wanted blood
Those without had blood that couldn’t abide
Rank and file
Foot war, land war, airborne disease
Mankind beguiled
Nature, belief, philosophy
Controlled, possessed, obedient, dichotomized.
Controlled, possessed, obedient, dichotomized.
Power and the rise to power told man of his greatest hour
Of fire filled skies and smoke that chokes
Of enemies born to cower
The future-less claimed God was at their side
Those of the mountain only knew self pride
No surprise, those with God wanted blood
Those without had blood that couldn’t abide
Track Name: To Knife the Heart of Symbiosis
His eyes scan the scenery
Desolation, starvation, mainly corpses remain
Attempting to find his enemy
To knife the heart of symbiosis
He has lost his family
Sacrifice of the will of the adversary
Now he searches for the cause of the struggle
To knife the heart of symbiosis
To beat to death the essence
Cleanse the collective mind
Purify loves conflagration
Reset all time
“If it burns you then it will burn me
It must leave for all eternity
Even though these things cycle back into place
I must see the future freely”
“I gave you everything, gave you brightness
Saved you from yourself and your blindness
You repaid me, betrayed me, plotted against me
All for fear of much needed slavery?”
“Now kneel!
Pray, beg for mercy at the expense of all who may ever live”
Now finding his creator
His knife first finds his throat
He has lost his everything
Sacrificed for self sufficiency
Now he searches for the life of the struggle
To knife the heart of symbiosis
To beat to death the essence
Cleanse the collective mind
Purify loves conflagration
Reset all time
Track Name: Undergoing the Evolution of Decay
Never meant for the healthy flesh
It exits the mind of its most recent vessel, a decaying trestle
Perhaps designed for the pervasive flesh
Of a dying man or a wounded beast on which it must feast
But not designed for the adversary
Oh, how the predator must seek!
How it craves to create guilt in organic beings, faith over seeing
Undergoing the evolution of decay
The advancement of rust
The forward progress of decline
The backwards of all time
The erosion of the mind
Undergoing the evolution of decay
The acquisition of rot
Transformation of the caught
From the will of why they fought
Into something they are not
Cycling ad naseum
It enters new minds and what free thought it can find
Is suffocated by the strength of foreign might
This intrusive force seems to coerce
Man down from the freedom of natural height
With guilt, with fear, with prayer, with rape
It enters new minds and what free thought it can find
Is suffocated by the strength of foreign might
This intrusive force seems to coerse
Man down from the freedom of natural height
With guilt, with fear, with prayer, with rape
With force, with will, with intent to undermine
With intent to undermind
It matters not his past, his future is planned
And a new betrayer will need to attack
Now where can it land if there can be no end?
What beast of the flesh will perpetuate its will?
It matters not his past, his future is planned
And a new betrayer will need to attack
Track Name: Betrayer's Archetype
Too severe for the multitude
The plurality and dualism evades their time
Their smiles, their shells, their divine husks
Where the mountain bound evade their life
With their height, their sagacity, their downward glare
Their forward gaze into future history
In praise of the abyss that destroys inward misery
Forever defeating and rebirthing a nemesis
His epoch burned by the fires of servitude
New betrayer fights the flame
Moments of peace passed, vengeance accrued
Not content to be a slave
Alien provenance, crux of immortal feuds
Demands those who betray
Such height, such sagacity, such downward glares
Unto the mass, unto the blindly possessed
From those free of the essence, free from deceit
Defeating and rebirthing the spiritual nemesis
His epoch burned by the fires of servitude
New betrayer fights the flame
Moments of peace passed, vengeance accrued
Not content to be a slave
Alien provenance, crux of immortal feuds
Demands those who betray
Those who abandon the promises of faith
Who deny the clean slate state born of a knave
Where nature and order tranquilly pervade
Where all are always prey but never slaves
Biting hands that feed the mouth the poison that weakens the body
Stabbing backs of the hands that birth eras of thralls deemed godly
For future blood, forthcoming flesh, inevitable means and subsequent ends
It began amongst the meteors before the dawn of man
With a symbiont incongruous with the species of the land
When uninvaded they stood defiant, when weakened they all remain
Living underneath great heights and building up their strength
Cycling infinitely but gaining the pride of collective experience
Can the untainted ever rise to keep their heights?