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Lanterns 11:29
What answer do you have in sorrow's wake But to abandon all beheldest dear Time ever longer in the coldest night Withdrawn behind my mind's enclosure It is kinder to accept one's nature Than to inflict unto others your poisons It is kinder to be destitute Without a light to carry through the fog If I held up a light, you would see me unravel before your eyes Embittered and distanced, embers barely holding the glow To tremble at the thought of one more day Distant lanterns glow in the mist Their warmth all but alien to my skin Longing fingers grasp at the golden glow But are soon pulled in from the burning heat Back to a chest as cold as a shadow Its familiarity a comfort as well as defeat Take what is lost, gather what's left astray Husk of a beating heart, clinging to a namesake Still are the waters that flow throw the veins Waiting for the warmth of a fire I keep far away Lucidity grants me with certainty that this will pass But oh so distant is the hour And far beyond reaching is the world I have undone This empty path bears not the answers that I seek There is no solace here Your distant warmth will return to me As soon as I let you in When the darkness lays down arms Bring light For mine wanes before the day


Despite me liking this song as much as anything else on 'Trisagion', it just didn't fit. This is a very personal track that I wrote about a short period of psychosis and a brush with suicide I had in late 2018. It's neither indicative of the artistic trajectory I'm going in, nor anywhere I've been before - it just exists by itself, thus, I'm giving it a release as its own entity. It feels fitting to end a several-year silence with what is, to me, a very emotionally poignant song. I hope you enjoy it.

Lanterns was written around trying to find my way back from a very dark place. Seeing my loved ones from such a far away distance despite them being right in front of me. Despite being surrounded by support and love, I felt alone, and the only person who could help me find my way back was myself, wandering fruitlessly through the fog of my own mind.

(Please note - this is an updated version due to there being a mastering mistake in the original. If you have lost access to the track for any reason, email me using the 'Contact Ethereal Shroud' button on the right and I'll sort you out with a download code.)


released October 11, 2020

Joseph Hawker - Everything
Phil Lang - Artwork


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Ethereal Shroud UK

Black/doom metal from the UK formed in 2013 by Joseph Hawker whom handles all the instrumentation, songwriting, performances, artwork and production (unless otherwise stated!). No live shows. Anti-fascist and angry at the world.

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