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Rites of Passage

by Sabbath Assembly

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a ghastly shadow on a path retracing relics of the old former happiness in shapes of tombs that stood here long ago barren, gnarled and terrible trees that crest the sky and drape the moon entangled web and fallen leaves are cut among misshapen weeds thorns grasp the surface and gnaw into skin i’m pierced by a hundred wounds meager offerings of blood and bone are shed a starlit night of woe looming overhead earth and stone upon the hill the headlands form a hearth ancient sounds begin a siren song alluring forth as the pilgrimage unfolds nothing more to give or take the secrets of the flesh disclose atonement in blood kaleidoscopic vortex of phantasmal images rising in smoke witchfire glowing behind broken faces shrouded and festooned into monstrous shapes disbelief in wide eyes grim is the scene reprieve will not come forever meek shadow’s been cast now left to weep whats drawn cant be undone cant be unseen blissful and blinded the mind and the maddening sanity diminish in smoke
2.
I cross myself and kneel down The flame I lit sheds white light on her face Angel’s trumpets What should I forget? Mysterium Tremendum Numinous Delirium Mydriasis Photophobia Ferox Intoxication Morta holding the thread taut Your shears steely and so bright Are all I can hear Cutting the years I’ve left But I am endless with No whisper of death I cross myself and kneel down The blood drips down her face Angel’s trumpets What should I forget Rinse my veins utterly the river Lethe i choose oblivion and i am free Open my eyes I chant Your name Pray that I’ll remember who I am My thread taut I am bound to a world that is wrought With guilt and indecision Crippling choice Too much revision Til now in this moment I will choose to remember every face of every person who brought me agony I recall and yearn for the time that We sailed through those days immortal A sunrise just around the bend I sing of the past but am Finding it so hard not to cry Do you remember The River Lethe gently calls And to her depths my spirit falls In her sweet waters I forget This life of deep regret Perhaps this river will pull me to the sea
3.
I must be gone There is a grave where the lilies and daffodils wave Please do not stand at my grave and weep 
I am not there nor do I sleep It’s you it’s you it’s all for you Everything I do is for your life It’s you for you it’s all for you Please do not stand at my grave and cry I am the one wind that blows
I am the diamond glints upon the snow 
’Tis I the sun 
On ripened grain
 And now it comes, the gentle Autumn rain 
When you awake in the morning hush 
I am the swift uplifting rush of flight
 See the soft stars shine at night
 Please do not stand at my grave and cry 
I am not there
 I did not die My Spirit is still alive Smash my heart three-person’d god That I may rise and bend your force to make me new Dearly how I love you all, and how I beg requite But I’m betrothed unto your enemy Divorce me, untie me, and break me, you’ve locked me in chains A sudden blow, wings beating still, I feel your heart pounding on me Oh God let me remember you the way that you were before I died I must be gone, you can’t see me, but please don’t stand at my grave and cry Oh God let me remember you the way that you were before I died
4.
Fading Dissipate Drift Just out of reach Intuition An inward arc A mirror reflects the sun, and i’m blinded Hatred is a hammer beating Skin made of tears, drop by drop Crumble. Wasteland. How many times must this hammer beat on my heart? Will our love die Or will we simply sigh As we marvel how it remains Wild Feathers in the wind Arterial flight A new direction And why not The branches tremble Dazzled by stars Night ’Til they descend with hate and fury Arrive at dawn, with snare and trap and sword Struck. Knocked down. How many times must this hammer beat on my heart Will our love die Or will we wonder why As it slowly fades away Yes For me Love Dies
5.
In my darkest year in the fourth month on the fifth day In exile by the sea a vision came to me The heavens opened up and the word of God was spoken A windstorm from the North A vast cloud with flashing lightning Floods us with light The center burned like glowing metal In the fire was life, there I saw a creature Flash like lightning Its faces looked like this A lion a man an ox an eagle Wings spread overhead I swear they touched each other As I turned around to run The sound of rushing waters Swooped down overhead Dear God the heathen have come That which is light in me darken That which is pure corrupt The temple is defiled The anger never stops Two thousand years of numbness and vanity Cannot crush us Follow me In the dark i saw The hand outstretched below And so I followed down Twilight of God Can you hear the sound of me singing to light the fire in your eyes Can the torn and bloody victim love the jaws that rend him Two thousand years of numbness and vanity Cannot crush us follow me straight through death’s door
6.
TO THE DEAD What does the dark cry Death lies always in wait And what is the thing called death It’s the love of the mother for her son Can we have both life and love Or do they oppose one another? Eros flames up then silence, stillness, and darkness Blackness around Penetrate and oppress A voice whispers TO THE DEAD And now initiation is in the tomb And what is the thing called death The vision of God finally dissolves The bright place of relief That piercing sword of truth We find in evil eyes In silence, stillness, and darkness Our god fell from heaven The flaming sword is dropped Into the abyss POISONED LIFE These are my seven sermons: One thing we know is we’re surely dying All that we have shall turn to dust Everyone that we love will bring us pain Famine is near And every escape is our imagination God cares less about this fucking earth EXTINCTION Death Dust Pain Famine No Escape God Cares Less Extinction
7.
My Child Queen of the Dead no more your eyes god-like The sun robed thee in his day Persephone Embraced in your arms The Life that had descended now re-arise empowered by the Sun So mighty was the mother's childless cry She asked the waves that moan how the world can be so cruel “Do you cry for my child?” And then the voices came saying “We know not we know not why we cry” And so the shadow wails My quick tears kill the flower My ravings hush the bird And lost in grief I fail to send My gift to helpless man Rain-rotted dead grain The pale sun sets before his time And I am ill-content with those who dare to say My fate’s beyond the Fates The Bright and the Dark have sworn that I the child of thee the Power Who lifts her buried life to bloom Should be for evermore The Bride of Darkness The reaper sees me far away And now the gleam of dawn upon the threshing floor Can the dark lord love the sun And will the shadows die Extinguish hateful fires along the fields of Asphodel Death, not peace, comes easily The spirit needs release The souls of men who grew beyond And made themselves as Gods against the fear Of Death and Hell they shall prevail I shall prevail

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Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered
Fall 2016 by Colin Marston at
Menegroth: The Thousand Caves
Queens NY
Vocals recorded by Jason Buntz at
Enormous Door
Austin TX

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released May 12, 2017

Jamie Myers - vox. Kevin Hufnagel - guitar. Ron Varod - guitar. John DeBlase - bass. Dave Nuss - drums.

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Sabbath Assembly was an occult rock band, formed in 2010, based in TX and NYC. At its inception the group formed to play the hymns of the Process Church of the Final Judgment, an Apocalyptic religious sect from the late 60’s. The band later performed and recorded original songs that maintained occult themes. Sabbath Assembly disbanded in 2020. ... more

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