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As Was

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ONE THE ONLY NUMBER TO NOTHING WILL THIS COME THREE DEFEATS OUR PURPOSE (TAKE ME PLEASE) FOR EVERYTHING’S UNDONE I THE EARTH BENEATH YOU STILL HIGHER THAN THE TREE DO WOODEN LIES BEQUEATH YOU WITH SULLEN EYES THEY SEEK THE BEAST HE WRITHES IN AGONY BESIDE ME WITHIN ME A PART OF ME WE MUST FEEL UNWORTHY YET TRUST THE HAND THAT FEEDS TERMINATE THIS HUNGER AND SOLVE THIS LIFE’S DISEASE HE MAKES IT EASY TO ATTAIN WE CAN BE THE JOURNEY HIGHER CAN WE REACH EXIST IN DUAL AUTONOMY PLANT MY DIRT PLANT MY SEED AND THOUGH I DREAM WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE AND THOUGH I TREAD WITH EYES UNSEEN ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE THERE IS NO FURTHERANCE NO NEED TO REMINISCE ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE WE ARE ENDLESSLY IT’S HARDER TO REMEMBER WHAT NEVER WAS COMFORTING THE COLD AND DAMP WE CAN BE THE JOURNEY HIGHER CAN WE REACH ALL IS LOST LESS YOUR FURTHERANCE BEGONE ALL SHRED OF SECOND CHANCE NO LONGER FAITH PER CHANCE LOVE IS NO MORE I WILL BE YOUR OPIUM HIGHER CAN WE REACH I WILL BE YOUR OVERDOSE HIGHER WILL WE REACH THE BEAST HE DIES WITH DIGNITY SURROUND ME AMEND ME DISCOVER ME KISS THE HAND THAT BLEEDS AND THOUGH I DREAM WHAT’S LEFT TO SEE ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE AND THOUGH I TREAD WITH EYES UNSEEN ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE THERE IS NO FURTHERANCE NO NEED TO REMINISCE ON FORGOTTEN WAYS ARE WE
2.
SHE SPEAKS TO ME I CAN HEAR HER FAINTLY SHE WHISPERS SHE SCREAMS A NAME UNSPOKEN SHE REACHES THROUGH ME YET THIS IS NO WARM EMBRACE SHE WHISPERS I SCREAM UNLEARN THEIR NAME O MOTHER DIE FOR YOUR DIGNITY WE LISTEN WE LISTEN THEY SCREAM YOUR NAME AND WHILE YOUR CHILDREN LIVE THEY TAKE WHAT’S OURS AS THINE WOULD GIVE AT LAST WE CAN ASK NO MORE SHE’S GIVEN ALL SHE CAN NO MORE I CAN FEEL HER HEARTBEAT SHE SUFFERS UNWORTHY OUR FALL FROM GRACE SHE TEACHETH ME WE CAN NEVER LEARN THE WAYS WE SUFFER UNWORTHY WE OWN OUR BLAME O FATHER DIE FOR HER DIGNITY WE LISTEN WE LISTEN THEY SCREAM YOUR NAME AND WHILE YOUR CHILDREN LIVE THEY TAKE WHAT’S MINE AS THINE WOULD GIVE AT LAST WE CAN ASK NO MORE SHE’S GIVEN ALL SHE CAN NO MORE MAY HER WRATH BE JUST MAY HER JUST BE US
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As Was 06:47
TIME DECLINES DECADENT REPLENISHMENT INSIDE INGESTED FOR ALL TIME PARASITE PARASITE GESTICULATE THE TENSIONS IN YOUR MIND I’LL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE ONCE OBSERVED TO TWICE ALIGNED AND IF YOU TRUST ME YOU WILL FIND AND IF YOU TRUST HIM YOU WILL FIND YOU MAY LEARN TO UNLEARN TIME DECLINES DECADENT INSIDE I’LL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE ONCE OBSERVED TO TWICE ALIGNED PARASITE PARASITE AND IF YOU TRUST HIM YOU WILL FIND EVER KNOWING NEVER BLIND EVER GROWING YOU ARE MINE YOU ARE MINE YOU ARE MINE ALL THIS WILL FADE AS WAS OUR DAY FOR ALWAYS FOR ALWAYS AS WAS OUR DAY AS IS OUR NIGHT AFLAME DAYS DO NOT APPROACH ME WEEKS DO NOT APPEAR MONTHS TURN INTO MONTHS ANOTHER YEAR HAS DISAPPEARED ONCE HAS TURNED TO NONE NOTHING WILL SUFFICE MANY ARE THE FEW INTENDED MENDED BY THE GLORY OF HIS LIGHT MENDED BY THE GLORY OF HIS LIGHT GLORY OF HIS LIGHT AND IF YOU TRUST HIM YOU WILL FIND EVER GROWING NEVER BLIND EVER GROWING YOU ARE MINE
4.
Nothing 06:37
HERE WE GO AGAIN CAN THIS HAPPEN TWICE? THIS CANCER CAN BE PERMANENT ALIEVE ME OF THIS PLIGHT AT ONCE I THOUGHT BENIGN IT GROWS AT VIRUS SPEED THE END AT HAND MY FIRMAMENT WILL JUSTIFY MY MEANS EVERLASTING GLORY EVERLASTING DREAM ALL WILL HEAR MY STORY RECEIVE FUCK WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TOLD YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE FORGOTTEN GHOST INFERIOR DISPELLED AS ONCE FOReTOLD THIS IS NO RESTING PLACE I WELCOME YOUR ETERNITY THE SHAME UPON YOUR FACE EVERLASTING GLORY BESTOWING YOUR WISDOM TO ME EVERLASTING DREAM DREAM EVERY DREAM TILL IT BE ALL SHALL HEAR OUR STORY WE WILL BE FOREVER FOREVER WILL YOU BE WE CAN TASTE THE NEVER I WILL HONOR THEE CAN YOU HEAR ME AT ALL
5.
LET’S RIDE THE SKY INFINITE WE RISE FEAR NO LONGER ENDLESS DREAMS PATTERNS SOAKED WITHIN ITS SEAMS TWISTED EYES YET GENTLE FLESH BREATHE A DREAM UNFETTERED BREATH LET’S GO INSIDE DEEPER DEEPER DEEPER YOU MAY FIND THE LAYERS FADE AWAY CURSE THE DYING DAY LET’S GET INSIDE DEEPER DEEPER DEEPER YOU MAY FIND LET’S SAY GOODBYE YET SCREAM HELLO THEY ASKED HOW HIGH WE SAID WE’D GO IN HIS ESSENCE WE ARE LESS THAN AMEN FOREVER COLD YET FEEL MY HEAT AND TO MY BONE THEE BE MY MEAT IF NOT ALONE THEE BE MY FIX LEAVE US STAY AMONG US WE ARE ALONE JUST YOU AND ME FOR A SHORT TIME SO SHALL WE SEE LEAVE US STAY AMONG US LET’S SAY GOODBYE YET SCREAM HELLO THEY ASKED HOW HIGH WE SAID WE’D GO IN HIS ESSENCE WE ARE LESS THAN AMEN TEMPT US WE INVEST THUS ASSURE US BRING US WORDS TO SING LEND US PLEASE ACCEPT THUS THERE’S MORE TO ME WILL YOU SET ME FREE WE’VE REACHED OUR GOAL SO HOLD ON TIGHT INTO HIS FOLD INHALE THE NIGHT IN HIS LESSONS BREATHE HIS ESSENCE AMEN
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WE ARE INFINITY DIVINE INSANITY ENTRUSTED TILL THE END IGNORE THE FATE OF MEN I AM WITH YOU AND NOW WE ARE TEMPTED IN HIS QUEST ANOTHER VISIONARY GUEST WE ARE HIS MYSTERY BEYOND HIS GIFT TO THEE HALLOW RISE THE FALLEN HEAR BEYOND HIS CALLING WE CAN BE FIRE LIGHTS OUR DARKNESS FIRE IN ME HIGHER MAY YOUR FIRE BURN IN ME NEVER QUESTION THIS DIRECTION ALL YOUR WORLD TO SEE HE WILL GRANT THEE I’LL TAKE A LESSER PATH WHERE CHOSEN FEW BEGAT ENTRUSTED TILL THE END INCITE THE HATE OF THEM THEY ARE NOT YOU AND I WE ARE VESTED IN OUR HEARTS A DYING BREATH COMMITS OUR START WE ARE NO MYSTERY FOR HIM I GIVE YOU SELFLESSLY TWO KEYS HERE BENEATH WE SLEEP FIRE LIGHTS OUR DARKNESS FIRE IN ME HIGHER MAY YOUR FIRE BURN IN ME NEVER QUESTION THIS DIRECTION ALL YOUR WORLD TO SEE OUR TIME NO TIME DESIRE ALL YOU SEEK LASTING AND LASTING LISTEN AS HE SPEAKS MY SHEOL MY LIMBO IS WAITING THERE FOR WE REVEL IN HIS GLORY STRICKEN TO MY KNEES REVEL IN HIS GLORY WE ARE HIS MINISTRY DIVINE SO DEFINE ME I PRAISE YOU SHARE THE WINE MY BREAD IS YOURS AND YOURS DIVINE THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE I DIE ALL YOUR WORLD DISEASED I WILL DIE FOR THEE WE ARE HIS MINISTRY DIVINE SO DEFINE ME
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Ultra 06:56
THIS ISN’T ME THIS IS BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS ADMIT TO ME SUBMIT AND REST ETERNALLY EASY IN HIM WE TRUST TRULY WITH US ESCORT ME THIS ISN’T ME THIS IS BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS FOR ME HE IS THE LIGHT UPHOLD THEE GUIDE ME YOU ARE MY NAME I’LL NEVER SHELTER FROM YOUR RAIN/REIGN THERE IS NO SHAME SUBMIT AND FREE THYSELF NO PAIN EASY WASHING AWAY THERE IS NO DAY BEFORE ME THIS ISN’T ME THIS IS BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS FOR ME HE IS THE LIGHT UPHOLD THEE HE IS HE IS PART OF ME HE IS HE IS NONE TO SEE HE IS HE IS CLEAR TO ME HE IS HE IS ALL OF ME HE IS HE IS PART OF ME

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New York City's BLACK ANVIL return with As Was, the staggering 50-minute follow-up to 2014's Hail Death. Atmospheric and melodic without relenting on any of the ferocity BLACK ANVIL have always been known for, As Was seamlessly weaves through eight monumental passages of extreme metal art. More diverse, complex, and thought-provoking than anything they've done before, As Was is a stellar representation of modern black metal, and of BLACK ANVIL's continuous progression and songcraft. Featuring cover art by Metastazis (Behemoth, Watain, Morbid Angel) and recorded at Menegroth by Colin Marston (Krallice, Gorguts, Panopticon) with mixing and mastering done by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio (Tribulation, Funeral Mist, Watain).

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released January 13, 2017

2017 Relapse Records
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New York Black Metal quartet BLACK ANVIL return with As Was, a staggering, complex, and thought-provoking work of modern black metal art!

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