Skyless

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Skull-crushing thrash metal with dark, gloomy, heavy, atmospheric and melodic undertones for fans of Metallica, Slayer, Sepultura, Exodus, Testament, Xentrix, Megadeth, Heathen...

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The main musical inspiration for this album came from unrelenting thrash bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Exodus, Sepultura, Testament, Heathen, Xentrix, Evile, Sodom, Kreator etc. on one hand, and dark-gloomy-melodic bands such as Sentenced, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Anathema, Moonspell, King Diamond on the other. The recording process was so much fun but also painful at times. The outcome really pleased us, and hopefully it will be intriguing to you too as mush as it was to us.

The album was composed, arranged, recorded and mixed by Nightborn throughout 2016 and 2017. The final touches and mastering was done by Jens Bogren (who worked on albums by Sepultura, Kreator, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Opeth, Amon Amarth etc.) in Fascination Street Studios in Sweden. The cover art work was done by Eliran Kantor who worked on album artwork of bands such as Testament, Sodom, Atheist, Soulfly, Hatebreed, Kataklysm, Fleshgod Apocalypse and more.

The inspiration for this album came from our journeys into the dark depths of the human psyche and the acceptance of evil within everyone. Each song tries to capture in its own unique way different types of darkness that we all seek inside every now and then - and sometimes even more so than others.

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released June 6, 2017

All music, songs, arrangements and lyrics by Arda K.

Cover art by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Iced Earth).

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Track Name: The Hellbound
THE HELLBOUND

The stillness of your ending dreams
and moments slowly bleed
Many moons and suns before
for neither hand was seen
The air is getting silent still
Now their fears align
Foggy eyes keep life away
serpents came to dine
A gallery of faces falter
Hopes, the shadows maim
God lies self-slain on a bizarre altar
Death falls dead in pain

A dance like frenzy to feed the lust
There gathers each of us
A marriage with death to find the path
Flesh for lonesome one
White eyed birds they glide in grey
Snakes eclipse the sane
Rainment of souls now escape
Like dusk after the rain

Gleaming seas of sorrow
Where dreams come to die
Lured by the infant's blood
Lunacy of highest kind
It's the soulless winter
of the baneful

Gateway to new realms of woe
Carved in maddened minds
Ornaments made meat and bone
Desecrate the signs
Only through murder you'll find
Greatest release of all
Carnal desires feeding you
Once heavens befall
The morrow will murder today
In an eternal chase
In a prison you called life
Darkened hearts will fade

It's the soulless winter
of the hellward

A creation for deeper perversions
A craft to catch the sight of ethereal scenes
The greed to kill, the highest devotion
What we darkly crave but forcefully deny

Blackness calls
Beckoning hands that tied behind
Hellsworn oaths
Now to face your own demise

Slash the veins of existence
Kill the yearning thirst with each move
Follow the blood stains of the falling night
Taste the dying horizon's end

Dripping crimson lines
Drawing paths to eternity
Scorch those divine
Stuffed tongues down the throat of life

Waning webs of sorrow
Where dreams come to die
Spoken by the ancient blood
Insanity for heartless one
It's the endless prayer
of the hellbound
Track Name: Severance
SEVERANCE

A sharp ache what severs you
From the web of dreams
Into a dark night
Of fever painted fiends

Hovering leaves and chasing winds
A paling guest within
A stranger by your window
Waiting to be let in

Haunting whispers
Soon will set you free

Die alone in an unknown grave
A moonlike shine on a moonless place
Forever faithful servants serve
A blinded god of darkened days
Let be cut the ties of life
Left behind as death unwinds
Feed on soil eternally
Severance from this diurnal wight

Celebrate... this birth of death
Welcoming... your fall

Thinning of your blood
Life's noose around your neck

The shades are sweeter now
And the hours are blind
Now that you know
You'll never wake again alive

Was this what was meant for you
Would it have mattered at all
A deathbed of regrets could be
Worse than dying soon

Haunting whispers
Soon will set you free

Die alone in an unknown grave
A moonlike shine on a moonless place
Forever faithful servants serve
A blinded god of darkened days
Let be cut the ties of life
Left behind as death unwinds
Feed on soil eternally
Severance from this diurnal wight

Celebrate... this birth of death
Welcoming... your fall

Thinning of your blood
Life's noose around your neck

Don’t you wonder no more
An easy exit through this door
Just let it slip, loosen your grip
Greatest gift forevermore

At least there is a silent thrill
In the piercing frozen steel
Into the skin you wore
As a mask for all these years

Dancing blade
Shall set you free

Die alone in an unknown grave
A moonlike shine on a moonless place
Forever faithful servants serve
A blinded god of darkened days
Let be cut the ties of life
Left behind as death unwinds
Feed on soil eternally
Severance from this diurnal wight

Soon it's over... as if you were
Never there... never at all

Never at all
Never at all
Never at all
Track Name: Unmarked Burial
UNMARKED BURIAL

It would be a crime not to go mad
Not to scratch your eyes and paint the world red
Of the deeds and of your unspoken soul
The shadows that pass through and shroud our lives

Sisters of our pains
Dance with loss again
Trapped in black bred earth
On the day of our birth

A hole burnt in the ground
Tames the setting sun
Where gods and demons wed
Embrace your weeping end

A garden of mythic and timeless hosts
Where madness unfolds and others are lost

Sisters of our pains
Dance with loss again
Dressed in lightless earth
On the day of our birth

A hole burnt in the ground
Tames the setting sun
Where gods and demons wed
Embrace your weeping end

Darkened Stones rising high
Monuments watch patiently
Graven eyes calling nigh
And Noone will miss thee

Sun's grown cold
Night's born untold

Deepened soil surrounding you
Obscuring what you used to be
Befriend the ender that stands above
And Noone will miss thee

In fires lord cried
Sightless dawns belied

Right beyond your sanity
Lies Ancient burial grounds
Ever black
Trees without a sound
Waiting for the murder pacts
Signed by unknown sins
Feasting lovers
Old departure hymns

Blood drops sing
The unmarked
Graves fall
You should be theirs
Blood sings
The unmarked graves
Souls fall
You belong to them
Track Name: Hemorrhage of the Soul
HEMORRHAGE OF THE SOUL

Veiling of the minds
What they tell are lies
You shall slowly choke
Oppression is what binds
Wisdom suicides
Only yourself to trust

A journey going back
Regressing civic sense
Decayed masters lead
Where only the weak
Minds can survive
Like parasites they will feed

They create the walls
Education rots
Endlessly indoctrinate
Blind obedience
Bound to destroy
Nightmares regenerate

Fight or flight
To nowherelands
Centuries old make shift lies
Structures of robust
Grasping all those hands
Seeping into the spine

What I am is none
Sworn by silence they're gone
No dream nor prayer can cope
Dawn is fleeing, in shadeless hope

A god of false
Prophecies
Maps to worlds of deceit
Skeletal
Sacrament
Justice slowly retreats

No curiousity
No second thoughts
Not a chance to desist
The trip beyond
Nowhere it leads
Visions of hope dismissed

Ripping arteries
Of reason and rights
Strangled by despair
Hearts're beating now
For a future that's grim
Trapped words cannot bear

Hanging and tearing
Anything with meaning
Seeds of hatred and death
Society collapses
Resembles not a thing
That's close to being human

Out of the way is the sun
Bleeding eyes stare into unknown
Their dreams and prayers now fall
Hemorrhage of the soul devours all hopes

A god of false
Prophecies
Map to worlds of deceit
Obliterate
To go extinct
By conserving, your defeat
Track Name: The Sorrow Room
THE SORROW ROOM

When seas and skies become the same
When the hangman calls your name
Awaits in depths of your mind in dread
That darkly voice he's in your head

Creeping
Seething
Like chilling winter's veil

Crawling
Dragging
Your ever-present pain

In mournful dens of stormy rage
Drowning hearts desire back their cage

The burdens of loss never leave
Suffocating walls
Caving in they crush your faith
Doubts

A forest lies within the room
In it hopes expire
A forest of thick agony
And grief

All it takes
A single slice
Like thin cut lips
Bleed

Leaking out
A tree of growth
Tired veins scream
The end

Memories rain down
Like old friends from yore
You're still alone though
A trapped hollow soul

Shadows outside
All around us
Yet they're darker
On the inside

Life is just a small
Anomaly
Within fabrics of death
Ravaged deity

Shadows outside
All around us
Yet they're darker
On the inside

To what purpose do they serve
The blackness in thy self
Those who are gone don't wait for you
All damned

Seeking meaning everywhere
In cold meaningless world
Cut the knot and join the dead
Far away

Shadows outside
Calmly swallow
Unearthly slumber
Those of sorrow

When temples burn under his reign
Voices ceased swift as they came
Track Name: Bloodgrown Darkness
BLOODGROWN DARKNESS

Light fades away
Black shrouds dismay
Faith spreads decay
False are our days

Light fades away

The god that scars
Born out of bloodgrown dark
You call the unknown name
Pearl drops of moon's domain
You've met him once before
and will soon after again

Curtains fade
Children wept as beasts conveyed
Tempests wailed
Dressed in black earth, light's afraid

Therein hypnotized
By the watchful aeon eye
Amidst the storms
Like feverish slaves to die

Begging, pleading, yearning to be free
But the freedom I'll pledge is a different one to be

Curtains fade
Children wept as beasts conveyed
Tempests wailed
Dressed in black earth, light's afraid

Here I stand alone
On a soulless road betrayed
Seize me, beckoning grave
With all my sins portrayed

Begging, pleading, yearning to be free
But the freedom I'll pledge is a different one to be

A shrine of shadows
As somber as your thoughts
Crying is forgotten
Once lost in eyes distraught

Show me any gaze that dont believe in the dark
I'd like to see them try and cover up their scars
Shadows leaving the softest trace beneath
The distance between me and last thing that you see

When truly
The night becomes your friend
One has nothing then
To fear but one himself

Show me any gaze that dont believe in the dark
I'd like to see them try and cover up their scars
Once begotten while dreamers mystified
Forever dwelling the night

Light fades away
Black shrouds dismay
Faith spreads decay
False are our days

Light fades away
Track Name: Visitation
VISITATION

Lie still now as black sky departs
And the far winds howl
Lie as fangs tear your life apart
Even lifeless sleep can't own

In a thick mist of eyes growing dim
I've since taken my part
Passing thoughts of a forgotten sin
No name nor words make it afar

What can't be told to the night
A ghostly past that chills our spines
Slowly erases what spring was like
A nightmare once set your soul alight

alight...

Beauty slept while death was young
As fast it came now he was gone
Right in front those dreary eyes
The unwelcome one right beside

As hearts weakened and death was its lure
In fields of scald they bleed
Truth and its bane could no longer endure
Deathless tears to cede
Lost our songs that once was sung
Deafened ears hear none

What can't be taught to the night
A blackened heart shall now finally arise

arise...

Beauty slept while death was young
As fast it came now he was gone
Right in front those dreary eyes
The unwelcome one right beside

Hail the art the mortal spoke
Wailing skies icy cold
Beyond his years sleeps the mind
What's below the morning gloom

Conjuring an unknown hour
Crowning through a portent power
Sacrificial witchery
Alone again you will be

Divide the light with darksome hands
Vastly deep this black crescent

Conjuring the unknown hour
Crowning through a portent power

What can't be taught to the night
A blackened heart shall now finally arise

Beauty slept while death was young
And the far winds howled
As she dreamt a skyless dawn
He waited out her life defied
a life defied
a life defied
Track Name: Withdrawal of the Senses
WITHDRAWAL OF THE SENSES

Another die is cast
Another story falsely passed
A temple built to reign
Corrupted lies forever stain

Steal the lives of feeble men
Bodies sold to be
Poisoning the wisdom's well
Blood's sought to be drained

Darkness..I see
The fallen ones of fear
Today..
Washed away to seas
Of loss..
Guardians to flee
In Despair..
The end is closer now

Another sky is lost
Acolytes of horror watched
Government terror force
Apathy of judgement lacks remorse

Feeding senseless ignorance
Brave ones disappear
Symbols of scorn engulfed in trance
A most haunting year

Drowned gods
Swallow waves of grief
Overrun
Aversion in disbelief

Wander paths
Of eternal night
Loneliness
Embraces outright
Autumns of
Sudden cold
Eons pass
Tearing souls

Carry weights
Heavier than our thoughts
Windows of past
Shattered and distraught

Weaving webs
To frantic molds
Venom leaks
Silence beholds
Visions of
Another truth
Repulsed by hope
Psyche gone wrong

Birds of disaster sing
Suffering cycle viciously
For death to be fair
Fading pillars of nostalgy

Demons of life surround our core
Secrets nobody knows
As they watch silent and still
With eyes unlike ours

Darkness..I see
The fallen ones of fear
Today..
Washed away to seas
Of loss..
Guardians to flee
In Despair..
The end is closer now
Track Name: Midnight Theory
MIDNIGHT THEORY

Sorrow...wears a timeless gown
Matter...in darkly abandoned forms
Of all the lives you've led
You've left no trace
Of all the cards you dealt
This, without a face

Follow...what're you waiting for?
Fear...is the shroud you wore
Killer...reaping seeds so low
Of all the depths you've dreamt
You see the gate
From all the signs it crept
As days abate

Here you see
A sky that grays
Ravens
Sleep away

A gracious breeze
Kindly strokes the green
Lifting below
The final trip begins

From a casket made of leaves
To the land of night
Where only vesper grieves
Wrapped in hazy whites

Life turned faint
Cries seeping in now
Taking them

A weary tide
Drags you slowly in
You stood aside
From whatever crowds may be

Guess along the way you've found
This garden of stones
Watched with eyes left unbound
Funeral's laid to morn

Hollow...hell and heavens mate
Pain...as flesh dissipates
You watch the dark farewell
To a stranger gone
You watch alone not well
Strongly drawn

Stood silent and foregone
Solemn whispers touch your ears
Watched your own funeral
Carried away from here

Carried away
Track Name: Ataxia
ATAXIA

Time has come to leave this withering society
Masses masked behind religion's insanity
Can't believe how they can feed the poison into corrupt streams
Wake and burn their shrine let your darkside crawling in

Obscured cryptic sights, unwrapped by disbeliever's oath
Tear the faltered knights, deviating evil growth

I hear their pleading cries
Every night when I die
Twist the scythe further in
Follow the one that bathes in sin

There's no room for your kind
Dawning of a new found time

Eyes of twilight watch as perished souls fall helplessly
With him walks the night, and the forecoming night was him
God is stillborn on their graves as warchants echo through their fates
All of us be one, reborn every funeral day

Red as roses be the blood that kills and fuels new seeds
Blackness in our hearts are black as our masters deeds

I hear their pleading cries
Every night when I die
Twist the scythe further in
Follow the one that bathes in sin

There's no room for your kind
Dawning of a new found time

Hail him now
Join us now

He who wears a crown
Once a king now nailed down
In their horizon find our blood
Sheeps fall, wolves dawn

Crown of serpents rise
Higher than the fallen skies
Bleeding urge, he yearns to die
Once born now a lie