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CEMETERY LIGHTS debut EP "Lemuralia"
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 8:01 pm    Post subject: CEMETERY LIGHTS debut EP "Lemuralia" Reply with quote



At last the daylight does succumb!

With riffs and song structures invoking the manes and lemures alike, Cemetery Lights hearkens back to the foggy tradition of blackness and death with its debut EP titled Lemuralia. A snarling rasp narrates four ghastly tales of ancient Roman horror and ritual lifted from the cold ink of history. The past materializes as solid marble before your eyes in all of its terrible beauty. An age long since forgotten is conjured once more!

Released on 9 May to commemorate the beginning of the Lemuralia festival, an ancient Roman celebration featuring exorcism rites to banish malicious spirits from the home.

Debut EP available as a free download or noble DIY cassette featuring a 2-sided cardstock j-card and dub sourced straight from the master tracks. Numbered in blood.

Contact to purchase physical copy: Necrophilosoph@gmail.com

Bandcamp: Necrophilosoph.bandcamp.com

The Cemetery Lights up as in ancient times!
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good! Email sent!
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 5:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lemuralia festival pauses for today, then resumes at midnight of 11 May.

Cheers to those who enjoyed it so far!!
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing who did this?
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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lunar stele wrote:
Laughing who did this?

His email is there. You can ask him yourself.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sun sets on the second day of Lemuralia!
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first track from Lemuralia is titled "Charite's Revenge". It is based on a segment of Metamorphoses, an ancient Roman novel by Apuleius. In it a woman named Charite catches the eye of Thrasyllus. His unquenchable desire for her leads him to murder her husband, Tlepolemus. A tale of revenge unfolds as the slain Tlepolemus visits his wife in a dream and tells her how he met his end.

Although a footnote in a larger story, the grisly tragedy of Charite and Tlepolemus melded too perfectly with the composition to ignore it. The climactic solos accentuate the realization of Charite's vengeance and her suicide at the resting place of her beloved. The subject matter transcends the millennia to the present day, strikingly relevant in an age of moral decay and expedience.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Belongs to the The worst fucking band you've stumbled onto lately? thread.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Disappointed, I was thinking that the music was about Lemurs.


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1981 wrote:
Disappointed, I was thinking that the music was about Lemurs.

"Lemur" was chosen as a name for the red slender loris by the zoologist Carl Linnaeus because they were nocturnal and moved slowly, similar to the namesake Roman spirits. The name later encompassed other primates which did not fit the description.

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Belongs to the The worst fucking band you've stumbled onto lately? thread.

Go for it, bucko.
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The titular second track from Lemuralia is based on an ancient Roman festival. It is held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th days of May. The EP was released on May 9th to coincide with the beginning of the festival.
The poet Ovid described the nighttime ritual in Fastorum Libri Sex, "Six Books of the Calendar". To appease the grieving spirits of one's ancestors, the head of a house performs a rite which includes throwing black beans, making the "corna" hand gesture (popularized in contemporary Western culture by Ronnie James Dio), and clashing brass. Upon discovery of this ritual, it quickly became clear that the music of the song was destined to accompany lyrics describing it. The middle section of the song conjured a ritualistic feel which fit the topic perfectly.

Ovid attributed the name of the festival to Remus, one of the mythological brothers who founded Rome. Bewildered by his untimely death and defeat at his brother's hands, he petitioned for a ritual honor his memory in spite of his misfortune. Thus, the Lemuralia festival was created, and extended to include spirits of all ancestors.

Copies of the tape are going fast. Comparisons are made to the legendary Mortuary Drape, as well as other fathers of ancient occult black metal!
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Sounds great. Very Mortuary Drape-ish for sure. Would benefit greatly from having a real drummer.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NWN PROD wrote:
Sounds great. Very Mortuary Drape-ish for sure. Would benefit greatly from having a real drummer.

Thank you very much!! I'm actually a drummer as well, but don't have the means to record them myself. Hopefully that will change soon!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The third track from Lemuralia is titled "Necrophilosoph". Although embellished with some original content, the track is based on Roman necromancy.

The song is set at Lake Avernus, a volcanic crater lake located in the Campania region of Italy. Several writers in antiquity depicted the lake as an entrance to the underworld, particularly in the Tusculanae Disputationes by Cicero, the Aeneid by Virgil, and the Fabulae by Hyginus.

Bodies of water were believed to connect the realm of the living to the rivers which the dead traverse on their journey to the afterlife. Necromancy was utilized to extract prophecy from the deceased. Not surprisingly, a grotto for an oracle is located at Lake Avernus as well.

The adventure of the protagonist in "Necrophilosoph" is a solitary one, however. Eschewing the domestication of Roman society, he ventures into the wilderness to consult forces which elude the grasp of all but those who are truly determined. With a sacrifice of his own blood he conjures the shades from beyond the grave to reveal the future to him, binding the chaos of death and extracting order from its secrets. The song's concept was one of the first conceived for Cemetery Lights, although not initially defined as coherently as it would end up being. Like the protagonist in the lyrics, the forces of uncertainty and confusion were tamed, arranged, and utilized for the triumph of a determined spirit.
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