When the Ashes Devoured the Sun

by Towards Atlantis Lights

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Whenever another civilisation bites the dust of aeons into stardust it erupts, reaching out to the four corners of the earth; leaving a city-state sized questionmark on the scorched soil: “How will they remember us? What will they retain? What shall be forever forgotten and lost?” The tidal waves have swept away our memories and hopes and the flood has destroyed our homes sacrificing all we have ever known to the four elements But no one is here to witness our imminent decay The wind silently leads the fire to the destruction of our earth and water keeps us trapped sealing our demise “A new dark age will come, and swallow everything we’ve ever been, Depriving the world of our accumulated wisdom” What secrets in these tiny molecules? What might and power to whom it is preserved to decipher their codes! Handle them carefully, and like a flower they’ll bloom Be ready to harvest their secrets Before they wither and forever disappear Prepare for the New Dark Age for you will never know its arrival until it’s too late Time is the enemy now Are we ready for the challenge, or have we passed the point of no return?
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Come, gather my forgotten tribes As we quietly sit, choking with dread Mute and numb while phantasmal visions of certain annihilation loom ahead Which we through years of neglect brought upon ourselves -but firmly dismissed at first Come and tell us tales of obliteration Of pondering what could have been, but never was Stories of incompleteness Mysteries shrouded in the veil of time And we will listen to your tales, and shake our heads Holding back tears of regret Wondering what we would have been If the voices of the past could echo forever In the valley of possibility Let’s pretend this well has never dried up Let’s pretend the end isn’t nigh
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Dazzled by the thick fumes Trussed up on a raised platform -like Procrustes made to fit- Aged only seventeen Wry smile on the priestess’ mouth Dangling from her exposed neck Necklace made of the Bull’s horns A bronze dagger in her hands Surrender to the fury of the ancient gods Appease the wrath of Ariadne The whole city trembles and shakes A human life will quench her thirst For countless years You laid here, completely forgotten A pile of bones, the only sign That you ever existed Left to die in the priestess’ hands Unprotected and alone to please the snake Goddess and the Bull Took three thousand years for someone to find you They can only take a guess at what you once were Why did you even exist? Bred for human sacrifice Ariadne on her throne Looking down on the fools Laughing with a frightening roar Crushing the once proud city
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The Sanctuary of the Great Gods bursting at the seams with sacred taboos revelations only destined for the eyes of initiates in exchange of protections by the Great Mother the ram and the kerykeion shall always remind us of our sacred oath Shadows are dancing in the moonlight while Sibyl leads the way the Dioscuri twins wink our necropolis is awake and the Great Gods nod approvingly If only we had listened to the mad priestess whose words seemed foolish at the time In warbled voice she urged us to preserve in marble our mysteries and rich traditions Cybele warned us of a dire future where our lips forever sealed, unable to teach the world We laughed and averted our gaze we did not comprehend her prophecies; but our symbols lost their meaning becoming mere shells behold our proud Nike now beheaded and alone no more than a trophy to those unaccustomed to her ways condemned to remain an enigma to future generations
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Tell me, Muse, about the forsaken people About the barbarians who sparked our imagination, The mysterious Pelasgians Tell me about their tales of woe that inspired our stories But never were cast in stone; About these wretched people, Muse, sing And grant us a glimpse of what they must have been Brotherhood unites us, Muse With the forsaken Pelasgians Whose existence was so brutally disrupted By the tribes of the North And while their collective existence now unknown They keep guiding us, connecting the lines Bringing the past via our present to the future Forming a mighty spiral Destined to eternally revolve

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"The doom band’s latest album not only avoids the sophomore slump by releasing an album on par with their debut but they actually surpass it. This should come as no surprise considering the pedigree of the members involved... “When The Ashes Devoured The Sun,” feels like the next logical step of the band’s sound in every way."
(metal-temple.com)

"This is a monster of a record, clearly blending in elements from members other groups into something larger than life and monumental. Towards Atlantis Lights are by no means attempting to reinvent the steel. Instead they are just building on classic death doom tropes that so many of us have fallen in love with. It's exactly the sort of thing that is sure to mesmerize listeners and leave one in awe as they unveil the boundless power of this music. The crushing melodies on a track like 'The Minoan Tragedy' are incredibly powerful. It leans into the bands distinct and exciting sensibility and the way that they are really able to conjure up the gloomiest of emotions."
(twoguysmetalreviews.com)

"In virtually every form, this is the natural evolution of the sound that Towards Atlantis Lights initially set out wielding with every facet being improved upon stupendously from top to bottom...the material that Towards Atlantis Light brings forth here feels downright unique in all of its execution as we see the band much heavier than last time with even the epics having much more weight about then as the whole of “When the Ashes Devoured the Sun” truly lives up to its name without an inch of hesitation to be had for the whole of the record"
(headbangerreviews.com)

“I’ve found it to be a strong improvement upon their previous album and one of the better conceived and ‘complete’ feeling funeral doom metal adjacent albums of the year thus far. A high recommendation.”
(Grizzlybutts.com)

When the Ashes Devoured the Sun is both a logical progression from Dust of Aeons and a step forward in delivery, songwriting, and overall quality.
(Wonderboxmetal.com)

After some trials and tribulations -not in the least because of delays caused by the pandemic- Towards Atlantis Lights are now ready to unleash their second album ‘When the Ashes Devoured the Sun’ on 16.07.21 through Melancholic Realm Productions which previously released Pantheist’s acclaimed 2018 album ‘Seeking Infinity’.

When the Ashes…still features the same mysterious arcane themes, this time focusing on little known civilizations such as the Minoans and the forgotten Pelasgians. However, it is a much more brutal affair than the first album, with a suitably direct production and a strong emphasis on Ivan’s unique leads and riffs. The vocals are even more brutal than in the debut album, adding a strong epic feel at times, while both the bass and drums are more pronounced and clearer present in the mix, giving the album a decisive extreme metal sound. The album's artwork was once again created by the inimitable Francesco Gemelli (Mayhem, Katatonia, Abigor etc), offering a perfect visual illustration of the band's lyrical themes. Check out his work here: www.instagram.com/francesco___gemelli

credits

released July 16, 2021

Ivan Zara- guitars
Ivano Olivieri- drums
Kostas Panagiotou- vocals, keyboards
Riccardo Veronese- bass

Music by Ivan, Lyrics by Kostas. Arrangements by Towards Atlantis Lights.
Mixed and Mastered by Luca Soi at Voidwards Studio
Art Direction and Layout by Francesco Gemelli

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