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Devotionals

by Cardinal Wyrm

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1.
Gannet 05:34
Something else is here with me In the dark I feel its weight Tense and try to tiptoe clear But these hallways stretch for years They know you inside and out Spider wires spin webs of doubt In the corner of my eye Shadows lurk one step behind Coiled hands spring out to me Silver tongues through serpents’ lips Tap of pincers flick of wings Creeping crawling listening HAHAHAHAHA A mystic shiftless minnow A mindless spent vertigo This cryptic carbon-filled dome A moon lit in Scorpio Eyes in the back and below Controlling wrist to bestow Will silence still the willow Pleistoscene amber ingot Siphoning smell of ego Cycle through sullen death throes Abysmal secrets we know The whispers in your window Rider in the sky appears Says our time will be soon near Panic spreads across the sphere They regret who live in fear Life will be the death of me Watchful eyes look deep within Starving vultures circling Split my bones and pick them clean Abysmal secrets we know The whispers in your window
2.
Mrityunjaya 05:57
The day is born A basket on a river Abandoned, cast out from their spires of gold And at the dawn There was an act of mercy A cursed exile brought in from the cold Hated and forgotten Left to ever roam In the wastes of this world Cradled by the autumn Winds and changing light That which dies will soon be reborn Reared in the wild Sharing the gnaw of hunger Among the pack the place that they called home A beast of war A robe of plague and fevers The future shivers before the past now so grown Sees their dreams so troubled Chills down supple spines Bowed in impending dread Smells their core so rotten Under shining skin Purifying bite rips in so red HEX UPON THE WICKED My chosen kin We run down death together We are the reapers of what they once sowed The blood we share Flows out from punctured rivals Our mouths engorged with life we lust for more Born a scorned cub Now they beg and grovel They read it in a book - HA! I am the chosen one! Shed their vile words Break the bonds of blood Even fate shall grovel At the feet of will! Broken cyphers Shattered symbols of When they once ruled Now just ground to dust… Forging forward The death-conqueror Potent life and magic I defy and rule!
3.
Imposter 07:09
Time of the haunter Hollow flesh falters Worms on the altar Lives the imposter Long dead hands Somber sands Soul death trance Cast down from the sun White tipped river runs Devils in temples Cold smiles on wet bones Golden livers Ghosts in silver Doom is nearer Lost in the mirror Haunted land Somber land Hollow land Spiral land I’m the devouring mother I am the infant smothered I am the undiscovered I am the creeper-covered I am the sleep of reason I am the burning season I am the final laughter I am the silence after Patterns align Ripples in time I have become a cruel reflection The stranger standing on the other side I am the searing red glow I have become the shadow I come from lost horizons I have become the island I am the brimming gallons I have become the famine I am lost in these visions I have become the descent The running riverbeds will confide Swollen and running red we collide The angels on our shoulders will say Dispatch the sinners and pave the way The wages of the world The wages of the world Consoling demon whispers convey We’re always just one murder away Between the churning sea and the fire The sick cacophony of the choir We the stranded ones We the stranded ones Elysian Haunted land Somber land Hollow land Spiral land Ghost flecked land White tipped land Cold dead land Bad old land
4.
Selimesh 07:10
The black curtain parts Into a pink shell room A dozen blank eyes And soft purple tongues Glutinous and green And reeking fingers Tips of the gums on Smiling moistened tube I am submerged I am changing I’m transcending Crooked smiles spin as they stroke Slip of slime on velvet cloaks As above and so below No escaping Rancid acrid cooper smoke Wallow in the amber yolk No above and no below I am changing IN GOG MAGOG JAPHETH PHARISEE OR ASCEND IN GOG MAGOG EGO Ribs part into a pink shell tongue Pumping heart squeeze the soft wet lung Glutinous, greedy, ravishing smiling gums Tip of spine, jellied and squeezed and plump IN GOG MAGOG JAPHETH PHARISEE OR ASCEND IN GOG MAGOG EGO Crooked cloaks slip from below Rancid slime spins into smoke Smiles in their thick velvet strokes I am changing Swallowing their rancid smoke Wallow in the velvet yolk I’m transcending Crooked cloaks slip from below Rancid slime spins into smoke Smiles in their thick velvet strokes I am changing Swallowing their rancid smoke Wallow in the velvet yolk I’m transcending And as we breathe in Creatures find their grip The soaring heights dim Kimmeridgian Berriassian Kwarazmian Bessarabian Hybormantian Yantanterian Dermolegian Theologian Thaumaturgean Thermonuclean Four Three Two One Wake
5.
Canticle 05:07
"What you have to tender to me I will hear it gladly The moon lights a gap in the trees Two paths lie behind me My empire stretches from the hills to the sea In my name you will find me Between a river and the world For when they are lost or feel the yearning need So many across the earth have called to me And so deep in their hearts where I plant a seed So marking the crossroads where we finally meet The further that you run The harder it is to hide Build a tomb of gold To seal the hole inside Swimming in the dark Towards the fading light Souls fall to earth Like towers from the sky If you have a numbing disease I will heal it gladly I’ll sell you the strength that you need So you can stand proudly All that I will ask in turn is eternity A thirst you can quench with aching fervency And when you are lost I’ll be the star you see So many have found their way to the grave with me Beyond their torment screams sing wordlessly You stand at the doorway and I hold the key The further that you run The harder it is to hide Build a tomb of gold To seal the hole inside Swimming in the dark Towards the fading light Souls fall to earth Like towers from the sky And when you have lost the lights will start to dim Your time is now up inside this worldly skin You’ve lapped up the pleasures and you’ve lived as king But where you are headed that won’t mean a thing The further that you run The harder it is to hide Build a tomb of gold To seal the hole inside Swimming in the dark Towards the fading light Souls fall to earth Like towers from the sky Now if you have a deal for me I will hear it gladly But no one sates hunger for free So make this choice wisely My empire stretches from the hills to the sea In anguish you will find me You will find me..."
6.
Abbess 06:21
Run down, flayed by the ripper I guess this game is done Surrounded by her disciples Who thought they’d played and won But the die was cast when she came to me And played me like her words: “Show me a good man who’s known evil And I’ll share with you the secrets of this world” I lived a still life that belied The void inside that yawned My shorn, thin and lustful soul Suspired for blood and storms She was summoned by my longing Cloaked in future shores She says that this is the game now And cracks open the door So many lies are swept by the wayside Follow in wounded crawl So many lives condemned to the riptide Spirits surround and call Given the choice of death and eternal life We feared the end Seventy fathoms wide spreads the smile Into depths beyond transcend And when she’s dancing on our graves Drunk upon the world she’s made We’ll know this game was rigged to lose But it’s the only life we’d choose So many lies are swept by the wayside Follow in wounded crawl So many lives condemned to the riptide Spirits surround and call Creatures with craving eyes writhe before her Worship her widowed arts Her knowing eyes give inquest to us In search of riven hearts Locked down chained by the reaper I’ve glanced at her mirage One more crawling, lost disciple Infernal soul collage But the dice were rolled before I met her In eons past and gone They too longed not to be forgotten And the game goes on and on and on… So many lies are swept by the wayside Follow in wounded crawl So many lives condemned to the riptide Spirits surround and call Given the choice of death and eternal life We feared the end Couldn’t be like the gone and forgotten In horror we transcend The abbess.
7.
The dark sea rises blow the ancient shell Sure-hoofed the steed but so slick the trail It rained through the night, the night night night We ran through the night like a widening eye This beast has a bite, a bite bite bite It hides in the corner with its teeth so white Appalling tongues lash and lap like waves Suspicious whispers from an open grave Recoil at the sight, the sight sight sight Lament at the horrors in this land of blight We reach for the light, the light light light A crack in the pillar where the lightning strikes How this crippled land shimmers deep inside We are the heralds at the source of hidden light Inwards we stride We shall march as shades stretched among the dead Paltry leaders in thrall to meager saints Savagery thrives Appalling tongues hide in the corner Suspicious whispers, teeth with a bite Crack in the grave, lighting the pillar Reach for the darkness when the lightning strikes How this crippled land shimmers deep inside We are the heralds at the source of hidden light Inwards we stride Revealing the veil stretched between the worlds Pull the curtain down into multiverse Shadow ranks rise We shall march as shades stretched among the dead Paltry leaders in thrall to meager saints Savagery thrives Those who’ve seen us, they have known the way The first step out, down towards escape March through the night
8.
Can you feel the streets grow colder? Drifting frightened souls surround At home but always Looking over shoulder At the encroaching sound Can you feel the weight of what’s to come? The signs are lit up all around The wheels keep grinding But we’ve grown older Gathered at the burial mound But do we have another round? Do we have, our spirit's getting thinner Do we have, this fading town Do we have, a place among the sinners Do we have, these silent vows Do we have, this light getting dimmer Do we have, when dark surrounds Do we have another battle left? Sharpen implements of stone Locked up doors keep out the strays Stacked up instruments of bone And we all know the tune they’ll play The gates fall and clang shut from west to east Bring down the walls of now and then A ghost is watching us at the feast What came before is all happening again But do we have another round? Do we have, our spirits getting thinner Do we have, this fading town Do we have, a place among the sinners Do we have, these silent vows Do we have, this light getting dimmer Do we have, when dark surrounds Do we have another battle left in us? The thunder rolls and cracks the sky The winds are charged and crystallized A flash of fire snuffs the light The clouds are black no more respite The storm has come it is the time That we’ve felt rumbling all our lives See them run, see them hide See their mouths slack in amazed surprise What’s to come? When the plates are full and cold And the table’s empty We search for light to fill our souls In this land of plenty When there’s nothing left unsaid No shimmer of mystery When the living ape the dead The dead are forced to speak: "Soon the tattered flags will fly Lined up in killing splendor See the fervor in their eyes For glory no surrender Willing sons of the great lie We looked into the chasm Screamed into the pitch black sky, We’re more than marching phantoms!" Someone here knows something’s wrong Dreams of deepest fears We’ve been at peace for far too long “You think I won’t find you here?” Half asleep we join the choir With our bones humming We smell the smoke of distant fires We know what’s coming Soon the battlements will rise They won’t get in, we won’t get out Soon the world will fall in line But we’ve no will to march in doubt All these walls are made of spies So mask your hearts and plan escape Before they cut you down to size To sing in unison as slaves So damn them all, We’ll find escape With clouds of green and walls of ice A final place Beyond this world For this we’ll make Our sacrifice This is the last place that we’ll know

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"Cardinal Wyrm are operating on the brink of real madness... what we have here is a bunch of eccentrics making wonderfully organic and believable doom metal, but with their shared, skewed perspective adding alien colors and textures at every step." - Blabbermouth.net

"It’s fitting we end a tumultuous, chaotic year with this record, Cardinal Wyrm’s deliriously bizarre, dramatic doom throwback “Devotionals,” the most aggressive and ambitious of their four albums. This is a captivating, peculiar record that injects some fun back into metal but also leaves you psychologically flattened, which you might find yourself deviously enjoying." - MeatMeadMetal.com

"Devotionals truly is a work of genre-bending art. A musical performance piece of desperation, hope and collective rallying. The band stated that their wish for this album was to dial it back to DIY roots. The result is an album that is masterful in composition, execution and packaging. The entirety of Devotionals is something to behold. Do as the band commands and remain independent and confident in your own space, and absolutely powerful in community. And, of course, let this album be the soundtrack of your staunch revolution." - Last Rites

"Cardinal Wyrm find persona in grim intricacy, tearing limbs off different microgenres to construct a monster of their own...it holds true of 'Devotionals' that the more you’re willing to put into it, the more you’re going to get out when you ultimately emerge from that dungeon." - The Obelisk

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released December 11, 2020

Pranjal Tiwari – Drums, lead vocals
Nathan A. Verrill – Guitars, vocals
Leila Abdul-Rauf – Bass, vocals

Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios, Oakland CA

Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland OR

Artwork by Kim Holm

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