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Cloak of Ash

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Ippocalyptica I have a soft spot for a lot of post-metal, but rarely does this translate into lasting admiration for an album. Hope Drone made the cut with Cloak of Ash. This is well-composed and well-executed black metal-infused post-metal, and if the genre tag sounds preposterous, open your mind and accept the beauty on offer. These blokes put many contemporaries to shame, both in terms of technical proficiency as well as songwriting maturity, and they are even better on their latest release.
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wintermuterer It calms me. That wall of sound, those vicious guitars, they help me find that Zen-like state of mind. Also, it's just THAT fucking good. Favorite track: The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth.
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Australian atmospheric black/sludge metal quartet Hope Drone emerge with their Relapse debut LP Cloak of Ash. A richly captivating, seven song stroke of extreme brilliance, Cloak of Ash combines devastatingly beautiful atmosphere with the uncompromising heaviness of a thousand tidal waves. This is music that is dynamic and textured, supremely nihilistic and earth shaking. Hope Drone have arrived with incredible force and are here to crash violently upon your shores.

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released July 24, 2015

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Track Name: Unending Grey
Unending grey, of time, distance and conscience
And I have resigned myself
For every breath and footfall is nothing
Ash of the forsaken world
Carried forth on bleak winds, into the void
And in the end as dust we’re carried on the wind
Scattered to nothing
On hands and knees, beneath cloaks of ash
Destined to crawl
Decaying in the sorrow of a fleeting world
Carried forth, into the void
Fleeting world
And in the end as dust we’re carried on the wind
Scattered to nothing
On hands and knees, beneath cloaks of ash
Destined to crawl
Decaying in the sorrow of a fleeting world
Wake in darkness
And a silence that burns my eyes
And the fog rolling over the mountains
Blocks out the sun forever
Unending grey
Track Name: Riverbeds Hewn In Marrow
All rivers diverge from centre
Torrents rage through clutching fingers
Stealing into the nothing
The frailty of all that breathes and bleeds
Now revealed, in the lifeblood of a first son
And I would silence all the world
That your essence would sustain
So deep the channels run,
Carved into darkness and nothing
And would that I could hold the world at bay
But the infinite slips through wearied fingers
(Stealing into the nothing)
All rivers diverge from centre
Torn away, into the quiet
Track Name: The World Inherited
Watching the day in its final turning
From half light to last light and into the gloaming
Beyond twilight, there is no dawn
Watching the day in its relentless turning
From half light to last light and into the gloaming
The last vestiges of warmth will leave
When embers fade
Now behold the world inherited
Ash, dust, suffering
Now behold the world inherited
Track Name: The Chords That Thrum Beneath The Earth
Etched in forever, the sum of all that was and all that will be;
Humanity’s agonal breath
It whispers through the trees
A call to nothing
Violence, in the chords that thrum beneath the earth
A low note, it carries on the winds
To every riven channel's depths
And to every quiet corner,
Where history resonates
Malice, in the chords that thrum beneath the earth
(Beneath the earth)
And in the breaking light, we'll see the world for what it is
Darkness unredeemable
The looming crescendo of the merciless
Dragging all to stillness
The world turns, to the chords that thrum beneath the earth
Beneath the earth
We walk to the glow of forest fires
Wading in paths of black ink,
All things of beauty are forgotten; every night is come
The world: at its end and unending
Track Name: Every End Is Fated In Its Beginning
Mourn the last light, its fleeting passage
Mourn the breaking day
For every breath is written
And every end is fated in its beginnings
Dwell in the ruins
Dormant in the empty silence
Beneath crepuscular rays, cold stone at your back
Warmth has forsaken this place
Dwell in the ruins
Dormant in the empty silence
When all that you are is that which you’d discard
When every end is fated in its beginnings
As your hands turn to ash, breathe on them
(Scattered to the nothing)
Track Name: Carried Apart By The Ceaseless Tides
To traverse the ravaged land
Hand in bloodied hand
But you are a grain, and I am a grain, and the tide will carry us apart if it
wills it
To rest in its vermiculate scars
And walk the forsaken soil
Impermanence is to be as one against the world

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