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The Crash And The Draw

by Minsk

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1.
The triumph of the three As it is, and because of what is, and what shall ever be The four beneath the one The quintessential animation Spirits arise, to you there is no end Time will progress with the beauty of what shall ever be Absence provides water for this elemental spring The toil and the reaping A reminder of inherent beauty Welcome respite amidst the weeping An ushering in, a reminder of purpose Of Will, of duty, of rejuvenation of promise To answer the clarion call As imagination creates existence The builders professing to one and all Far flung revisions, unsteady convictions, fall with me now Uninitiated, we'll fight the war from outside, follow me down I'll warn you but once, the answers aren't there And maybe this spirals en route to nowhere And the compartments of the scheme are vast But up is still down, and the last will be first And fevered dreams are still illusions too Imagination creates existence The builders professing to one and all This too shall pass With you I'll pass This blessed past Forever bending fast To you there is no end To us there is no end To all there is no end To end the time begins
2.
Our life remains A process of guilt and obfuscation And it stays the same No closer to the deeper truths And further from a divine light We rode on wings, baring our souls / Into the night Leaving scattered remnants of self / When the stars fall We fell from the sky / The depths went black And with a blink / The lesser wind Stood and teetered on the chasm's brink / Submitting to the darkness And grey, and black and nothingness We form a line, from there to here Hoping to find our way back Gave way to green, and the ultimate question / With the remnants of light All things seen and heard / You've sewn the seeds on the altar All intangibles given a word / The new dawn's fire And now a new breath, a decree / Burns brighter still Of purpose, of inspiration, of necessity To the many possibilities left unheard We bend, we wither, without the wind Wearing borrowed skin Dethroned, feet set firm I see the liars, cower in their dens To defy concern, by discerning, we rise again To gain a hold, by releasing The chaff blows away with the wind Fear of death is a delusion we must escape While weakness preys upon the Will Yet we offer the excuse of self With scream and whisper a call will be heard Unable to say where the mountain ends and the clouds begin Floating in the aether awaiting the grasp of all who dare Unwilling to say where the mountain ends and the clouds begin We bend, we wither, without the wind And grey, and black, and nothingness With scream and whisper Our call will be heard
3.
Of Light and enlivened in solstice embrace Knowing full the limitless nature of the all Emboldened enmeshed in these longest of days Embracing the infinite power of the one Waiting for harvest cherishing growth Eyes brightened by the sun White as gold The mourning has fallen and memory fades away with the fog Shall you conspire against this mystery, and when have you the time Let these rays burn through and be now edified The crash and the draw, the unchanging law, the sea rises Memory fades away We follow as the water finds its way The Lethe's sweet embrace
4.
Thrown into the depths A self-imposed exile Gnawing at the marrow The stragglers set to expire Breathe, breathe Unaware of the current, see the cost and its worth, unaware of our birth The necessity of a cleansing never evident before Unaware of the currency, the cost and its worth, unaware of our birth Attention must be paid Unaware of the current, see the cost and its worth, unaware of our birth Gnosis, a foundation, realizing Unaware of the currency, the cost and its worth, unaware of our birth And it's worth Unaware Attention you must pay
5.
Nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates Our wayward voices shall call once again One and all, none and all Return Of warp, and weft, we thin / A wake to mourning, a birth to evening Of breath bereft, and nothing left, we pass again / Awake to morning, an heir to even-ing
6.
Unleashed upon fecund earth With new birth, a death revealed, all guilt repealed All consuming, the answer is to breathe Animus & Spiritus: the crux Cultivating this age old growth
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Conjunction 04:53
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We've built illusion, into every failing sequence / Welcome decay in honor of the sun This hollow shell, this beacon of suffering / The path unknown, we carry on, we approach A death march, repeating, forever in a circle And hidden from our sight, for an end we still falsely seek / To see the road, and to not traverse There is a cost here, etched in every heart / Would destroy the will, would vanquish the soul The pain we hide, from ourselves / And now let us proceed with all that we know, balance returns That will awaken to begin A new procession Toward an undoing Stowed away beneath time How far can you see, never far enough And how much ground must be covered to roundly crown the bluff The circle ever bending The cycle never ending The way is through, no circumventing here To see the road and not to traverse Would destroy the will, would vanquish the soul So let us proceed with all that we know This fire inside ascends, awaiting, new light to rise Awaken to begin a new procession Starlight commands the world be built again To start again by ceasing We approach, another cycle Awaken, to begin, renewal Why aren't you living Why would you repeat this
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10.
Lifeless shells dance to the rhythm of the ego Forced into freedom while blind to its wisdom The monoliths scream emptiness, no power held within Extract the wrath, the spectre of not fit to be Chasing a never ending ending, neglecting the now Lifeless shells dance to the rhythm of the ego A seething retreating Left to rot in the nether, rejecting the never Monoliths scream emptiness, no power held within You have not arrived, and you are blind The stream hidden ‘neath the rose, hidden ‘neath the hollowed oak Winds carry the dust of fossilized dreams But they are blind The child of the union, the lesser stone Leaving the inner eye to guide, regret we leave you to die Be not blind Extract the wrath, the spectre of not fit to be At the foot of the hill, a sacrifice made To the garish remembrance of failure White to green, peel away the sterile sheen Blessed separation, the ending of the masquerade
11.
This night / Toward and empty sky a soul defies Soaked in fire / Two paths collide His head so low he cannot lift / An offering to death sublime His eyes for you / In the sacred lines to follow Upon the precipice, setting precedent This space where nothing grows Writhing in grey, wishing the woe away Faces seen but never known All the roads to strange paradise Yet unknown, this sacred destruction Oh child, your life, your will Sinking feeling, where are you going now We approach, an even-ing We approach a horizon, another cycle of renewal All our lives, waiting for this time, this release The mourning has fallen, a balance returns, an even-ing All our lives spent, waiting for this Soaked in fire, an empty sky, death sublime, a soul defies this time All our crimes, they have played out against us Forget the finality, there is abundance here Embrace the complexity, now cut the cord and release Chipping away, away at the stone, building it all, always alone An inroad into the calcified mind, the beginning of the end of these chains that will bind So we are, chipping away, so we could know These scars of old left to mend in the cold Discovering the essence, we harken the call / Oh child, your life, your will Left for dead in this wasteland, the path unknown / Sinking feeling, where are you going now We carry on, without fear, the birds speak in tongues / A blinding light returns, the Will set within We will heed their beckoning, proceed with all we know / At the foot of the hill, a sacrifice made, the will set within We will harken the call, we will find a way Yet we remain numb, with this placid facade I will see through this, I will find a way We will find our way Beginning of the end

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Chicago's MINSK reemerge from a six year hiatus with their biggest and finest record yet, 'The Crash And The Draw'. Rooted in the post-metal landscape that brought us bands like Neurosis and Isis, with 'The Crash And The Draw' MINSK step out from the shadows of the giants of their genre to create a psychedelic blend of melodic tribal heaviness. The wait was worth it, as MINSK have delivered one of the year's best and most forward thinking metal records of the year.

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released April 7, 2015

Relapse Records 2015
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Minsk Peoria, Illinois

Scattered between the sleepy city of Peoria and metropolis of Chicago, Illinois, and drawing inspiration from a remote Belarusian city that has been burned to the ground only to be rebuilt like a phoenix rising from its own ashes, MINSK is an enigmatic collection of opposites. The music is at once modern, organic, and other-worldly; songs are stirring sonic journeys. ... more

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