MORDRAKE

by HOLLOW

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Maison Planàterre Le groupe québécois de Montréal Hollow présente une musique que je qualifierais de black/death métal symphonique progressif. Les lignes musicales sont diversifiées tout en gardant le côté percutant et rapide du death metal, et l'aspect mystifiant et agonisant du black metal.

"Sunriser":
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipkGI0ZiiWk

"Landscape":
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s7DCmwXkI8 Favorite track: Anomie.
Nuno Lourenço
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Nuno Lourenço From the first time I heard it, I just knew I'd need to have it in CD format. Amazing stuff, really! Favorite track: Iscariot.
b3nnyJ
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b3nnyJ Pretty interesting fusion of genres (symphonic black metal and melodeath with some classic heavy metal guitar lines). At $5 Canadian, it's a fantastic deal to boot! Congrats on a great full-length debut. Favorite track: A New Life.
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about

“Clad in black and painted in ghostly, skeletal white and gray, Montreal’s Hollow is one of North America’s most deceptively original and subversive underground metal acts today. Exploiting the surface aesthetics of black metal, the band surprises with an abundance of musical diversity and depth.” – Metal Underground

“A primer on how extreme metal ought to sound: adventurous, expansive, daring, and heroic.” – Metal Underground

"Mordrake is the sound of a band that knows fully well what they are capable and then not only doubles the task at hand, but triples it!" – Heavy Metal Time Machine

"I was pleasantly surprised when I first listened to Hollow and I think they are a band to watch in the future. Canada has produced a lot of exceptional metal bands and Hollow are one of them." – The Nine Hells

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released May 30, 2014

All songs written by Eddy Levitsky.
Guitar solos written by David Gagné.
Arranged and performed by Hollow.
All lyrics by Jeffrey MacDermott except "Vlad", by Eddy Levitsky.
Guest vocals by Maude Thebérge on "Birth".

Recorded, Mixed, Mastered and Produced By Kevin Jardine at Uplift Studios. Co-Produced by Dan Lauzon and Hollow. Keyboards and Orchestrations by Ophélie Gingras. Photography by Malcolm Garn.

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Hollow Montréal, Québec

One notable feature is the band’s make-up which is applied before every show using the airbrush by a Montreal’s artist Bob Skelton. The music combines symphonic and orchestral elements to heavy riffs, progressive structures and a black metal atmosphere. Highly energetic performances that give out a very theatrical vibe, HOLLOW are a band made for the stage. ... more

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Track Name: Lament Configuration
Puzzle solved teleport Hell awaits
Tortured soul taken down Cenobites

Puzzle solved taken down

The Lament Configuration is the key to their domain
Travel ‘cross the schism to the realm of pleasure ‘n pain
Beyond the vortex hole immortality is sought
Death smiles to those whose deathbed lay drenched in blood

Drenched in blood

As the blood pools on the floor, it sinks in the cracks
Bulging embryo of hatred nourished soul contracts
Regenerating form with the lives that are consumed
Following the carnal call it leads them to their doom
Chains fly out hooks in sound smeared on the wall
In pain they scream their agony answering pleasure’s call
Banished back to hell the puzzle box is closed

for now!
Track Name: Cryptic Howling
Piercing
A scream to tear the night
Frantic shriek of disharmony
Holwing ‘fore the scythe

Keening
In horrid melody
Coloratura crescendo
Macabre elegy

Elegy

Death, another corpse is thine to collect
Its soul is reaped through tragedy
Cries the herald of the dead

She moves with the mist her gown flowing forth
Her grace enthrals though tongue is sharp
Her wail sets the score.
Track Name: A New Life
Rise of the carnage
Price for all knowledge
Strife everlasting
Dawn of a new age

Since the beggining of time man has fought his peers
Discovery of fire light a flint is all we need

Evolution endowed us with the gift of speech
But fast are we to use our tongue and decimate the weak

Science came through for our race and changed the way we live
Science came through for our wars plutonium was the key

Then one day as was foretold a child will come to be
From our mother Gaïa’s womb and set the people free

Freed from all they endured
A new life awaits thee all

A new life awaits thee all
A new life awaits

Rise of the carnage
Price for all knowledge
Strife everlasting
Dawn of a new age

Freed from all they endured
A new life awaits thee all

A new life awaits thee all
A new life awaits

Rise from the carnage
Dawn of a new age
Track Name: Landscape
Gray and brittle
Now shunned
This blasted heath

Once fields of green and bountifullness
Grew trees and crops profusely
Up in the sky through the darkness
Came star of death unearthly

Brown meteor mound from space
Wasting away in the air
Crops started growing again
But bitter and acid in taste
Tainted the water in the well
Poison the colour out of space

Out of space!

Nothing but ash nothing but death
Naught but the fear the people’s dread

Nothing but ash nothing but death
It draws people near and consumes them

Gray and brittle
Now shunned
This blasted heath
This blasted heath!
Track Name: Iscariot
Assassin - purveyor of death
Hide in plain sight a way of life
Deciever - they are mislead
His strike is swift and none survive
The Reaper - your soul he takes
A contract killer a heart of ice.
Consider - with your last breath
Your life was ended for a price

Not a whisper not a sound
He can feel your heartbeat
Blade in hand he cuts you down with speed
Not a whisper not a sound
As your throath is sliced clean
Blade and blood once more are bound Sicarii

Be it dark or be it light
He will keep you in his sight
Patience is a virtue
Be it day or be it night
Payment in gold shall suffice
He has come to kill you

Assassin - purveyor of death
Hide in plain sight a way of life
Deciever - they are mislead
His strike is swift and none survive
The Reaper - your soul he takes
A contract killer a heart of ice
Consider - with your last breath
Your life was ended for a price

Not a whisper not a sound
He can feel your heartbeat
Blade in hand he cuts you down with speed
Not a whisper not a sound
As your throath is sliced clean
Blade and blood once more are bound Sicarii

Not a whisper not a sound!
Track Name: Sunriser
Bored, from a fallen star,
Shining ore akin to the light of the sun

For years at war besieged and bestowed
To our foes of the Underdark
Can it be harnessed the power of this stone
In our darkest hour to change our fate?

Minions pouring forth from the abyss
As a typhoon swarming ‘cross the land
A million carcasses have felt the black flame’s kiss
Leaving villagers murdered then raped

Murdered then raped
Slaves to the king of the dead
The kingdom is stained
The fire surrounds our domain

Ore burning ore
Forged with might and resolve
Dark’s bane henceforth known as the Sunriser!

Dayblade of cosmic fire
Unsheathed in the Underdark
It’s light is of the sun’s power
Dawn shines beneath the soil

Minions fleeing blind, in the abyss
As the sunflare scorches the undead
A million hollow eyes have seen a sunrise glimpse
Burning demon-witches at the stake

Burned at the stake
No more slaves to the king of the dead
His remains have been sent
To the putrid pit from whence he came

Sunriser!

Dayblade of cosmic fire
Unsheathed in the Underdark
It’s light is of the sun’s power
Dawn shines over us all

Dark’s bane, wrath of the sun
The kingdom of men
Shall be overtaken never again
For I bear the will of the sun in my hand
Track Name: Vlad
Sold as a slave the prince returned brave
Starring down at his father’s grave
Crying revenge!

Raise our banners high
Feed them fear and sorrow
Desecrate the earth and father it with horror

Raise our banners high
Feed them fear and sorrow
Desecrate the earth and father it with horror

Twenty thousand dead forest of the impaled
Savage king ruled with and iron hand
Prosperity!

Raise our banners high
Feed them fear and sorrow
Desecrate the earth and father it with horror

Drink the blood of life
Let crows feast on the morrow
Let your bodies die and glory fill the hollow

Raise our banners high
Feed them fear and sorrow
Desecrate the earth and father it with horror

Drink the blood of life
Let crows feast on the morrow
Let your bodies die and glory fill the hollow
Track Name: Anomie
Dépression - ronge éperdument
Cessation - intérêts humains
Ablation - sentiments abjects
Perdition - société infecte
Solution - simple et efficace
Pendaison - le malaise s’efface

Beaucoup trop d’information
Véhicule dans tous les sens
Le cerveau souffre de congestion
À quoi bon perdre son innocence?
Quoique soit forte la tentation
Ne pas céder à l’incision

Sans sursis
Claustrophobie
L’étau sur mon crâne se ressert
En finir peut être nécessaire
Ne me montrez point de mépris
Je crois que nous souffrons tous un peu d’anomie

Pression incessante
Sans merci - charges irritantes
Cette vie - infligeant problème
Indécis - dois-je y mettre un terme?
Ensevelis - la mort me fait face
Asphyxie - la Faucheuse m’enlace

La Faucheuse m’enlace!

Sans sursis
Claustrophobie
L’étau sur mon crâne se ressert
En finir peut être nécessaire
Ne me montrez point de mépris
Je crois que nous souffrons tous un peu d’anomie
Track Name: Snow
The date September 2nd 1930
We sailed from Boston harbor leaving eagerly

A quest of knowledge do we crave

Mustered for the occasion were men of righteous stance
Nineteen men of skill and I with inquiring minds

Towards the south pole do we sail

Set foot two months later on the continent
The explorations have begun the mountains soon in sight

Unknown the terror that awaits

Walked upon these peaks for miles
The wind it blows relentlessly
The loss of men and what we find
As madness sets its sight on me

At the mountains
Fangs of ice and fear
Hide in silence
Caves that echo evily

Lost in ice and cold
Our Hell’s made of snow

Upon returning to the camp a grim discovery
We found our base and equipment were destroyed utterly

Our comrades’ bodies torn to shreds

It seems we’d found a species yet to be known to man
Leathery skin with tentacles and horrid star-shaped heads

In fear and wonder we dissect

As we explored their dwelling a city–tomb of ice
Carvings in the walls told of its aeonian history

Realize an Old One still dwells here

All this is too much for normal men to bear
Danford’s mind has failed
Escape our only though whilst running through the haze
Fleeing things unnamed

Escape our only thought whilst running through the haze
Fleeing things unnamed

Unnamed!

Ran among this maze for miles
The stench it grows infernaly
The loss of faith from what we found
As madness firms its grasp on me

At the mountains
Fangs of ice and fear
Awakened Elder
Yog-Sothoth Spawn pursuing me

Fled from ice and cold
Our Hell’s made of snow
Track Name: MORDRAKE I - Birth
Push
Breathe

Her water breaks
This woman with child
She screams in pain
it tears her inside
Clawing at her sides
It wants to rip her belly wide


She feels him kick
The pain takes control
She leans back once more

She feels it rip
A pink and red gape
His ivory gate

She feels his grip
My bowels, they burn
She can see it churn

She sees the screens
Guess I should have known
Her frailty it shows

She fears he’s near the Grim Reaper walks the halls of this hospital!

She takes a breath and holds it
Strive to force out the child
The pain is much too vivid!
Her vulva is now open wide

The blood in pools is flowing
Her color pale as Moon
His eyes all four are showing
Her pulse will extinguish quite soon

The doctors could do naught but stare
One head yet two faces it bears!

The doctors could do naught but stare
One head yet two faces it bears!

It was her demise
To think she could give birth to child
Gestation of the planted seed
Grown grotesque indeed

Her demise
Give birth to child
Planted seed
Grotesque indeed

GROTESQUE INDEED
GROTESQUE INDEED
Track Name: MORDRAKE II - Hate
Cursed at birth must look away from all you see
Disgusted glares throw back the stares silently
Malformation not considered a human being
A mere cyst an excuse for my face to bleed

Vengeance VENGEANCE!

Observation block probed and scaned for all to view
Doctors debate on which way to butcher you
No way to separate our minds but this is true
My torment will be thine yes you shall bear it too!

Vengeance VENGEANCE!

At night I whisper in your thoughts
In your slumber torture starts

At night I whisper in your dreams
In your slumber torture screams

Day by day ignored as if I were not real
Loneliness is friend to this pitiful ordeal
Scowl at your joy for this you have no right to feel
Smile at your pain grin when karma makes you kneel

Vengeance, VENGEANCE!

Ever I’ll whisper in your dreams
Twist your mind to make you see

Cursed at birth burdened with the thought of me
You may well deny but I do live within thee
For all this suffering I’ll conjure in your dreams
Ever in your subconscious for vengeance I will scream!

Vengeance VENGEANCE!
Track Name: MORDRAKE III - Death
It’s now that I understand
You and I were meant to be men
Not two lost souls inside one shell

It is now that I understand
Not a curse a brother instead

Silent friend

Restless nights drowning in the laments
Terrified the suggestions intense
Silent hate at brother’s intent
Whispering uncouth things in his head

Sleep no more for you slew the whore
our mother too frail for the bearing
Rest assured my toment is pure
Know I shall not let you forget it!

Silence friend
Least of all doth I wish to bear ill will towards my brother

Not a say not a choice not a life
Not a voice this existence futile
But a face on the back of your head
Not even loved for our mother is dead

No control on the path I’m to take
you took all from me
but this life to which I still cling
unwillingly

Please brother let us die
we shall meet again out of time
be it below or on high

And now you will understand
as our lungs slowly run out of air
as equals at last we must die