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Spectral Embrace

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I lay within an earthen shroud Gazing to the heavens, Forgetting what’s underneath; All I’ve ever known, Churning life within my bones. Stories forgotten and lost, Unburied upon my death, Retold rebirthed now. Delicate destructive force, Nourishing and poisoning, In a time so merciless, Falls to darkness. Know my bones, For they will rest with death’s embrace. When sorrow flows, we’re caught in violent tides. When sorrow flows, we drown. Hearts withering now, Veins merge with earth’s rotted womb; Now sorrow flows. Hands stretching down toward hellish depths like forgotten arbors, Lost and afraid, pulled from light and into darkness, Memories of this plagued land unburied and bled. I weep, The light escape my reach, I lay my bones to rest. Cascading disintegration Piece by piece setting free my flesh Mortal core clenched and poisonous All I bore weeping in darkness Know my bones for they rot in death Forgetting forgotten and gone Cascading disintegration Shadowed life setting free my flesh All I know suffering inside All I knew weeping in darkness Know my bones call to death Piece by piece earth frees me Cascading darkness cloaks all Shadowed life freeing bound flesh All I know suffering All I knew weeps with me
Fall, falling grace Call for the rains Writhing travails Fate, fates undone Life's shadowed pain Raveled fates Straining haste Blistered hands Blinding dawn Words unwove Reapers sown Pulled away Shadowed pain To die on the earth Is to lie between soil and sky To fade from the light Is to crumble from deafening cries Endless sea of grief begins Washing over, haunting me Fear of beyond Death's solitude Darkness consumes Form withering Morose grasp Holding fast Breath forlorn Solitude Collapsing Fragmenting Woven strands Withering
Rest here in your earthen tomb Wearily, I long to share your rest I miss you, my love Above my grave You gave me all I held dear Here I Rest In the wind, I hear you In the mist, I see you In the day, I miss you In the night, I want you By my side, no one stays In my heart, no one else I wish to die Since you have left I wish to live Don't wish that you could join me here I wish to live What's your rush? I wish to live
Breathe, sleep, dream through the night Peace finds you now Close your eyes Entranced you escape Drifting through this dream Grasping at a mirage Feel time vanishing Feel old wounds mending While life passes by Light flows through me Passing tender to the seeking scarred Deathly near towards the dark Eternal formless void Cloaked in leaves Rest and breathe in woodland sanctity Stay with me Swollen now the forest heals you Trapped within this spell that binds your mind, I wait for you to wake Deep slumber keeps you far from my side I wait for you to wake Pain in you I see, it torments me I wait for you to wake
Warmth of the unfolding spring Out of reach and tempting Floral bound where I reside Prolonging decay Passively in time Or in depth Align Into the earth Where the sounds Began I could sleep for days Beneath the leaves Before the wind Could break my calm All the days have passed Dissolved Into a blooming trance
Hands part the leaves One has fallen from the tree Time gone We who remember Hold an image in our minds Bear an imprint scarred in memory I was we We who remember Hold this blessed cursed weight inside us Memory and pain at once the same I reach out But cannot grasp This burden I have carried through I lay to rest We both are set free Done and gone What could I have even hoped to have said? Now it’s done Gone for good What could I have even hoped to have said? As I learned how to open up the first that I'd clenched all these years I found a knife I'd stabbed a blade in my own heart As I learned how to turn away my thoughts from the tyranny of the past A path, a bittersweet salve for my wounds Never recreated, impossible to tell you how it burdened me Revisit memories, how it burdened me I must be free from this guilt that you gave me Though it was a true love How it burdened me


released June 1, 2018


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Isenordal Seattle, Washington

ISENORDAL is a black funeral doom/dark folk project birthed in the year 2013 in the Cascadian region of the United States.

Kerry Hall - Guitar, Vocals
Jeff King - Bass, Cello
Brian Hazard Spenser - Drums, Percussion
Lieu Wolfe - Piano, Organ, Keyboards, Vocals
G. G. - Guitar
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