The Beast's Desire to Sacrifice

by Shroud Of Despondency

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ERIC DUFF One of the best albums I've heard in some time. It's impossible to say which track is my favorite as I have never started this album without finishing it. As far as I am concerned this is one big song which should not to be cut short or jumped into midway. Excellent album. You guys killed it.
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about

As I started creating this album it was not under the name Shroud of Despondency. I had planned on ending Shroud of Despondency, as the "Family Tomb" album announced, but because of some issues with the Gust moniker Ron and I eventually just decided it was the best move to call this a Shroud of Despondency album. Plus, anyone I know who has any courage told me numerous times that I was foolish for giving up on something I had worked so hard over the years to build up. This is a relevant introduction because the album does have some differences from the last 5 years of albums I've been creating and there are some ideas that I do not feel I will be revisiting much in the future. This album, despite existing as a reminder of why the creative process behind Shroud albums is so important to my sanity, also exists as a failed experiment in some ways. There are two main reasons behind the flaws I find on this album. One is the fact that the piano is still relatively a new instrument to me. I've been teaching myself and I still greatly prefer the guitar. The other is that I wanted to have a lot of samples. Tonally some of the samples do not work but they all made sense conceptually and once something makes sense conceptually I have a hard time editing it out. Another thing is the use of Daniel Day Lewis samples gets a little fucking out of hand, but again, it makes too much sense and I ultimately want to create something relatively unique, even if I swing and miss. Also, due to the way I cut the tracks that bleed into each other, the best way to hear the album is all the way through(on headphones) but bandcamp isn't necessarily the best way to do that. All that being said, this does represent a creative endeavor that lasted all of 2015 and it reached its' conclusion(I got tired of working on it) around December. Christmas seemed, symbolically, too perfect.

A note on the artwork, lyrics, and samples: Despite the imagery, outside of and within the lyrics, I have nothing but contempt in my heart for those who underestimate the importance of women in our society. That statement exists completely outside any sexual connotation. However, this is still a metal album and shying away from brutality is not something I feel appropriate for such a creative avenue. I tried to be relatively tasteful with the lyrics but, in this instance, not the artwork. Most, I suspect, will do as I do and have a good chuckle. Not a chuckle that advocates rape, molestation, abortion, castration, and enslavement to religious ideals that bring about conditions that promote such activities. A chuckle designed to relieve tension, because this is the fucked up planet we live on and suicide is not a valid option.

No formal promotion for this album has been planned. I am trying to keep it as close to free as possible. Feel free to torrent it. If you wish to review or interview, please feel free to email Frippisgod@gmail.com

credits

released December 25, 2015

Rory Heikkila-All instruments and clean vocals on 9, 1, and 2.
Ron Blemberg-Vocals and artwork
Tyler Okrzesik-Additional vocals on 6 and 8. Main vocals on 9.
Luka Djordjevic-Additional vocals on 6 and artwork
Jennifer Koski-Additional vocals on 1 and 2
Brad Koski-Additional vocals on 1 and 2
Jack Daniels-Additional vocals on 1 and 2


Thanks also to Noah Mezsick and Luka Djordjevic for basically letting me hijack their music equipment for a year. Without Noah being willing to lend me his keyboard and Luka letting me borrow his Epiphone this album would not be what it is. As consequence, a standard tuned guitar has become mandatory for my enjoyment of the instrument.

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

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Track Name: The Great Equalizer
At the edge of the world
They will still suffocate
All those who breathe
Even those who could not mate
At the heights of frozen desolation
Their fires will burn them
They will still die
Even those who heard no lies
It's too thick
There are too many
The atmosphere has no choice but to choke out the life
The precious, the beautiful, the sacred, the kind
The cowering and those with cunning or strength of mind
They are all alike
In the shelters underneath
The will still slowly starve
All those who cared
Even those who were prepared
At the sites where chaos ensued
And the places where peace conquered
They will still die
Even those closest to the sky
It's too thick
There are too many
The atmosphere has no choice but to choke out the life
The atmosphere has no choice but to choke out the life
Not only can you see the sickness with closed eyes
You can hear the emotional famish in their tones of voice
Without asking to be let on
The grinding anxiety in the essence of civilized choice is palpable
So fucking obvious
I want more
I want this
My claim upon evolution is the hope that one day we will all be swept away
We will all be swept away
No need for necessity or apathy
No need for sympathy or instinct
No choice but to breathe in the plague
Only urgency and will
We will all be swept away
Track Name: Swept Away
We will all be swept away
Track Name: Towards the Hidden
Look away
Long time coming
Stay hidden and remain
Under and away
Beneath the grounds of betrayal
Waiting to rush the sky with temptation and attack it
With my will to grow and spread my seed
To loom over deceit and trample its needs
With beautiful trees
Look towards revenge against man
Look towards the stillness of the forest
Look towards disdainful scenery
Look towards defeat
Look away
The distance draws near
Collapsing, leaving only the hidden
Torn apart by hopelessness
By the inevitable and by the carelessness
In my many steps towards oblivion
So I realize that one day
I will be torn apart by the wind
Track Name: First Breath, Final Gasp
Fought for it
A moment in time defined by peace
Raped for it, bled for it, lied for it too
Heard of wars
Heard rumors of wars and we were not alarmed
Sacrificed freedom, confidence in lieu
The end came
We had all but died so it went unnoticed
We had already embraced what we once only knew
Survival long proven our sinew
Barbarity reigns from underneath
Captivity long the acting mechanism upon the unconscious
A reaction amongst reactions,
This burying of the desire to dream
The first breath, the final gasp
It existed so it exists
To what end?
Supremacy
The creature's need to worship
Is the beastly desire to sacrifice
And the beast's desire to sacrifice
Is the need to punish himself
Certain animals attack themselves
One animal believes
Certain combinations manifest anxiety
Others manifest belief
To what end?
Supremacy
Loved for it
A moment in time defined by war
Prepared for it, prayed for it, lived for it too
Knew others loved
Knew others loved and we were not alarmed
Learned to plan for what would ensue
Eventual
The collision of forces in pursuit of one aim
One idol, one image, one meal, or one dream
Everything just as it seems
Barbarity reigns from underneath
Captivity long the acting mechanism upon the unconscious
A reaction amongst reactions,
This burying of the desire to dream
The first breath, the final gasp
It existed so it exists
To what end?
Supremacy
The creature's need to worship
Is the beastly desire to sacrifice
And the beast's desire to sacrifice
Is the need to punish himself
Certain animals attack themselves
One animal believes
Certain combinations manifest anxiety
Others manifest belief
To what end?
Supremacy
Track Name: Now
Now loneliness is everlasting
Now its manifestations have complete control
Now frustration defines the future
And sometimes frustrations manifest as violent acts
When did the impulse come to be?
This instinct towards urgent fatality
Self defeating, species erasing
Acceptance of complacent slave destiny
Over-breed!
Because while technology serves vain and base desires
Ultimately proposed saviors put out useful fires
Created by the enemies they claim to attack
Now there is no time to turn back
The forest or the trees, it doesn't matter what one sees
The flesh or the spirit, hardly matters if you are near it
Desolation creates dreams, frantic beautiful necessity
Doesn't matter if you see those dreams snuffed out by reality
Become nightmares
Become the dark
Become the light of the world
Then the flames from its' spark
There is nothing to lose
Track Name: Empty Quiver
"Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord
and the fruit of the womb is his reward
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
So are the children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them
they shall not be ashamed,
but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate"(Psalm 127)
Stay down, stay quiet
I am the hunter of human prey
My quiver is full of arrows that create slaves
Stay down, spread wide
My arrow wants inside
You've tempted me with your body
Now you must have my child
And from this horrible act you've committed against me
Comes an endless parade of dead eyed babies
They too will one day learn that I am king
You've put these thoughts in my head
And I'm only doing what my King said
I've narrowed the world and preplanned your suffering
Stay down, stay quiet
I am the hunter of human prey
My quiver is full of arrows that create slaves
Stay down, spread wide
My arrow wants inside
You've tempted me with your body
Now you must have my child
And from this horrible act you've committed against me
Comes an endless parade of dead eyed babies
In the name of God!
Rejoice, rejoice
Sterility is still a choice
Rejoice, rejoice
Castration
Rejoice, rejoice
Sterility is still a choice
Rejoice, rejoice
Castration
These people are why I've emptied my quiver
You will not speak to me at any gate
I am your enemy and you are rape
Rejoice, rejoice
Castration.
Track Name: Until a New Instinct Evolves
Put out the fires of old with the shit that soaked up all our water
It was too late long before the last pure drop
An yet we continue to celebrate the last pure drop
Make martyrs of the flesh in the name of slop
Sacrifice consciousness for tribe mentality
While allowing our tribes to die on their knees
Die on your knees
Power can exist as delusional strength
It demarks the difference between master and slave
Beyond necessity the world at arm’s length
Would never create a need for a master race
But in that world might would be right
Might is right
And still we continue to misappropriate our attack
Carve peace time statues that crumble after they crack
Can't admit of that which occurs out of sight
Brought to our knees so it's easy for the powerful to fight
And they fight!
Power can exist as delusional strength
Just tell the slave that it's wrong to be a slave
Keep his hopes up with promises of new ideals
He'll attack himself and suppress what he feels
Under the banner of that which is right
Silent might is right
Those stronger will always take what they need
Not governed by necessity or even petty greed
Governed by force
The force of nature
The source of pride
The course starts repeating
With instinct denied
Until a new instinct evolves
The force of nature
The source of time
What awakes from the slumber
Is a more violent pride
Until a new instinct evolves
We've been blessed with the modern instinct of trembling
Been told it's a blessing but I know it's a curse
We've been blessed with the modern instinct of trembling
Been told it's a blessing but I know it's a curse
I'll never get to see it evolved and called survival
Upon the slit throats of both flesh and god idols
Right now I am governed by necessity
These words are now.