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What Is Imposed Must Be Endured

by Blind Monarch

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    RELEASED ON 5TH APRIL 2019

    Recorded over 4 days in the cold darkness of the derelict “Penny Red” building, Hull, Northeast England, November 2017.
    Produced, engineered and mixed by Daniel Elms.
    Mastering by James Plotkin.
    Artwork by Thomas Hooper.
    All songs written and performed by Blind Monarch.
    Guest vocals on “Living Altar” performed by Fiona Blyth.
    Copyright Blind Monarch 2019, all rights reserved.

    Adam Blyth: Guitar
    Tom Blyth: Voice
    Paul Hubbard: Bass
    Lee Knights: Drums

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    1. Suffering Breathes My Name
    2. My Mother, My Cradle, My Tomb
    3. Blind Monarch
    4. Living Altar

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    Recorded over 4 days in the cold darkness of the derelict “Penny Red” building, Hull, Northeast England, November 2017.
    Produced, engineered and mixed by Daniel Elms.
    Mastering by James Plotkin.
    Artwork by Thomas Hooper.
    All songs written and performed by Blind Monarch.
    Guest vocals on “Living Altar” performed by Fiona Blyth.
    Copyright Blind Monarch 2019, all rights reserved.

    Adam Blyth: Guitar
    Tom Blyth: Voice
    Paul Hubbard: Bass
    Lee Knights: Drums

    Track Listing

    A
    1. Suffering Breathes My Name
    2. My Mother, My Cradle, My Tomb

    B
    3. Blind Monarch
    4. Living Altar

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Years pass by Without day, without night Old and blind Withering alive in a hell of my design Gazing into myself  Spectres stalk the landscapes of my mind Wilderness drags me into it’s thorned embrace Piercing, tearing the fabric of my thoughts Lost in the shadow of the dark peak Withering alive Paradise has fallen into the void Where hope is a ghost and light is denied The eulogy unspoken Funeral pyre without flame Constellations abandon the sky As suffering breathes my name
2.
Mother I know thee not Called forth from infinite womb Nurtured in hostile cradle I am of thee, yet estranged An intruder trapped in a once familiar dream Able to touch but unable to feel The moon cries out to me Before her council of reverent trees This sacred grove, unchanged by time Where grasping branches groan and bind And whisper secrets into the night Atavistic thread through Earth, flesh and sky Ancient language long lost in time Forgotten, familiar words fall without form Like shapeless silhouettes slip between standing stones What was, is and shall be Lost on the wind and out of reach
3.
Sunrise New dawn Light bathes the earth once more Frost thaws New growth I feel new life take hold Sunrise, sun fall  Darkness clings to these cold walls Nothing breathes  Nothing grows Nothing lives  And no one knows Lord of this place, light dare not penetrate A blind monarch in a kingdom of despair  Reflects on hollow conquests Sips from a poisoned chalice Waged a battle for a shadow crown A kingdom which never existed The horns fell silent at my coronation None to praise the blind monarch Glasses empty, no words spoken None to praise the blind monarch Funeral inauguration None to praise the blind monarch Head hung heavy, wreathed in shadow None to praise the blind monarch Mind corrupted, frail, naked None to praise the blind monarch Solitary ceremony Performed in blackness and filth Witnessed by the worms With bare hands I buried all I lost And am what remains Sunrise, sun fall Darkness clings to these cold walls Nothing breathes Nothing grows Nothing lives And no one knows Sunrise, sun fall  Darkness clings to these cold walls Nothing breathes And nothing grows None to praise the blind monarch
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Living Altar 17:12
Writhing Trembling Moaning  Breathing Waking Dreaming Willing Bleeding Living Altar Pillars of reason crumble to dust Temples to logic burn Mausoleums, impotent to fetter the violence of our nature Shattered prisons, ruins, reclaimed by the essence of the wilderness Monuments to patriarchal control Schizophrenic despair, awakened in the heath top moonlight In her presence reason falters Kneel before her, living altar The visceral overcomes the rational The lunar eclipses the solar As blood begins to flow down the living altar Dismal ritual  In a hostile temple Blackened ministry of the nocturnal sisterhood Chaos stirs within our veins  And over reason chaos reigns Writhing Trembling Moaning  Breathing Waking Dreaming Willing Bleeding In her presence reason falters Kneel before her, living altar The visceral overcomes the rational The lunar eclipses the solar As blood begins to flow down the living altar

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released April 5, 2019

Recorded over 4 days in the cold darkness of the derelict “Penny Red” building, Hull, Northeast England, November 2017.
Produced, engineered and mixed by Daniel Elms.
Mastering by James Plotkin.
Artwork by Thomas Hooper.
All songs written and performed by Blind Monarch.
Guest vocals on “Living Altar” performed by Fiona Blyth.
Copyright Blind Monarch 2019, all rights reserved.

Adam Blyth: Guitar
Tom Blyth: Voice
Paul Hubbard: Bass
Lee Knights: Drums

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Blind Monarch Sheffield, UK

Malevolent and brooding, powerful yet sickly, visceral while haunting. Blind Monarch weave moments of a dubious beauty into a corrupted majesty of ugliness and despair.
The debut album 'What Is Imposed Must Be Endured' was captured in a derelict space in the North of England during the bleak mid-winter of 2017 and is available now via Black Bow records.
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