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The Ritual Fires of Abandonment

by Minsk

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Embers 13:48
In my darkest hour my blood runs free I’ve come to lie on the fire I’ve come to stare at the sun Where two bleed as one Is it time the sun arrived to burn away the numb In the flesh denying the eyes of time Make me nourishment for the blazing flame Make me food for the sacred fire Tide cast aside open mouth wide The sea cried for me Dead spirit part of me I left you by the sea
White Wings 05:34
The voice cannot carry The tongue and the lips that give it wings For even as love crowns you So shall it crucify you Descend to your roots And shake them from their clinging to the earth We shall be together When the white wings of death Scatter our days
Fire dance of self deprecation dopamine receptivity The orphans of piety we are birthed into sorrow and shame A truth to believe a thirst for reprieve Our throats scorched with the sins of our fathers we burn with the sins of our fathers These sacred certainties floated right past me and I cannot remember my name Scandalous proclivity these orphans of piety We cherish our reprimand pain in your shadow where I stand Draw a circle around me in the sand I have breathed in but released your lungs Of Ave Maria’s from wombs of the one I have wandered each day From the alter to the grave in search of your name and face I have seen your shadow where I stand
Whispered words these walls breathe the inanity of accusation And a moment of gifting passes through what once was identity In a movement beyond truth and falsity I can sense them in the mountains On either side of every side Basking in the seething sun this flesh conjures the infinite mind While well worn pillars of objectivity collapse as if blown asunder By the blameless pawns of poets ecstatically exhuming treasures of forgotten grace The in-betweens surpassing their localities this grey disease reproducing The weapons forever unleashed stockpiled with lies of every kind There is a season a time to die And the word games end as the clock thunders by and the rain sears this pain As my streams keep running dry


Transcending the current crop of heavy music imitators, Minsk bleed their tribal conviction with an atmosphere of total psychedelic delirium. Hypnotic percussion thunders beneath thickly layered guitars as synths and samples provide a backdrop for searing melodies and deeply spiritual vocal ruminations. Superbly produced at the Volume Recording Studio by bassist/vocalist Sanford Parker (Pelican, Unearthly Trance), The Ritual Fires of Abandonment is a profound and provocative experience that will have an intense and lasting impact on all who dare approach.


released February 20, 2007

Relapse Records


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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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