A Spire Silent

by Arctos

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David Fischer The piano intro on Dawn... Sons of Death is one of the most addictive pieces of music I've heard recently. Short and focused EP, a really good listen! Favorite track: Dawn... Sons of Death.
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Ippocalyptica When a debut EP is this good, you have but no choice to stand up and take notice. This is melodic black metal that adeptly navigates variable musical terrain, both beautifully introspective and powerfully kinetic in equal measure, and complete with musicianship that is very accomplished and made all the better by its restraint. Arguably most impressive of all is the genuinely icy atmosphere of A Spire Silent, something I have not experienced since Immortal’s At the Heart of Winter. Buy it. Favorite track: Dawn... Sons of Death.
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H.L. Not as catchy as Amon Amarth or as cool as Immortal, but somewhere in between I see this remarkable EP. There are three mighty songs with an epic atmosphere, the sound is powerful and well balanced. Some nice piano interludes and varied vocals between raw and clean bring a fine dynamic into the mighty songs. I am already looking forward to a full release. Favorite track: A Spire Silent (The Passage I).
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A Spire Silent is an exploration of disillusionment and follows the journey of those few who find the strength to persevere amidst hopelessness and despair.
Inspired by the Godless wastelands of Northern Alberta as well as the jagged monoliths of the Canadian Rockies, we bring our unique blend of talents together to create a form of Black Metal we are truly proud of.


Arctos is:
Dan Wilberg- Guitar and vocals
Nick Wilberg- Piano
Josh Needham- Drums
Bryant Norman- Bass
Jeremy Puffer- Guitar

Drums recorded and engineered by Drew Copland
Guitars and bass recorded with Jeremy Puffer
Mixed by Diego Fernandez at Oracle Studios
Mastered by David Parks

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released June 23, 2017

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Track Name: Dawn... Sons of Death
As blades this air, rips upon my skin
The cold hush that’s fallen here,
belies the coming flames
of battle’s fire, from within,
soon to rise, soon unleashed,
as morning’s light takes hold,
we loose our frenzied cries!

Echoes! Of life resound
upon this battleground.
Massacre, slaughter, no mercy
Shall be found.

Borne on wings of unbound rage
Too long repressed,
too long restrained,
we Sons of Death
arrive to slaughter
no man shall be saved
In ecstasy, this savagery,
delivered uninhibited
for what is best in life
is surely to destroy!

With ragged breath I turn
upon this field where battle wanes
A sea of ruined flesh
annoints the fouled soil
trembling, still, as final calm,
descends upon these wretched slain
This expanse once ashen, bare,
now adorned in violent shades of death!

The screams of vanquished men
their cries of desperate fear
endless, once, they bathed the land
yet even now they fade
as fury dies, behind it leaves
a yearning hunger, unappeased
how many lives must I claim
to fill this growing emptiness?
Track Name: Altar of Nihil
Silence! Approaching storm,
breaks! crimson air choking me
as death awakes
Witness! My brothers die
Pain! filling me, changing me
mindless rage

No control, mind is shaking,
hated men, before me quaking,
pathetic lives, mine for taking,
by my hand i watch them breaking!

Shackles forged in blood
by our deadly revelry
what fools we have become
thinking we were free
drink deep this cup of hate
paths no longer seen
mere echoes in the wind
all will cease to be

Hate, burning soul ablaze
suffocating, all consuming
cry of rage
Kill! my sacrifice this day
blood for altars raised to nothing
endless pain

No control mind is screaming
cannot sleep, see them bleeding
frenzied wrath, no more feeling
between my teeth I hear them weeping

Shackles forged in blood
by our deadly revelry
what fools we have become
thinking we were free
drink deep this cup of hate
paths no longer seen
mere echoes in the wind
all will cease to be

Why is this, for which we fought?
All for nothing, all for naught?
Cruel fate, stark beauty
so i summon nihility

Why is this, for which we fought?
All for nothing, soon forgot?
Cruel fate, dead beauty,
take my soul and set me free

Why is this for which we fought,
all for nothing, all for naught,
cruel fate embraces me
take my soul nihility!
Track Name: A Spire Silent (The Passage I)
A path, ever bending
In shadows, unending
Lays now ahead on this spire, ascending
to wreathed peak unseen,
this monolith, mighty,
invites one to dare, to climb
One by one,My feet draw me on,
The slope ever steepens,
With each footfall gone,
Silent this trail,
Yet thought, silence breeds,
Turbid mind, Troubled; I climb

Black are my thoughts
and black is this spire
this mountain, my anvil
my thoughts are as fire.
What shall be wrought
when summit is reached?
What shall await
atop silent peak?

Chilling snow, fully encompassed
trees are as wraiths, forms twist and fade
now left behind, above the tree line
a face hewn of stone; onwards I climb!
My body protests
but pain holds no weight
the path here is sheer
the summit draws near.
In ruin this slope, echoes borne of stone
among this dead rock
I am alone!

A clarity of vision and mind unclouded
grant unto me
The peak yields solace
and wisdom unbound
yet given not freely
to walk in the shade
of this mountain dark
a mortal forge
beaten and hammered
to form new perspective
new strength
from powers old
taken from this welcome cold
atop this spire silent!

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