They Became the Falling Ash

by Ethereal Shroud

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Written over the last 8 years. Recorded over 3 months in the winter of 2014/2015.

Released on Grimoire Cassette Cvlture records in spring 2015 on high quality cassette.

Released on CD in June 2015 by Northern Silence Productions.

Soon to be released on vinyl by Throne Records.


"It’s the emotional highs and lows that often feel forced for other artists that Ethereal Shroud conveys so brilliantly ... Ethereal Shroud has surpassed last year’s release in a way that is truly hard to put into proper words."

"Absolution | Emptiness was a classic case of laying the foundation of a band’s career and They Became the Falling Ash is the fucking mansion built on that blackened brick and mortar."

"They Became the Falling Ash is simply one of the best black metal albums of the last few years and should be listened to by anyone who loves the genre."

"this release is absolutely majestic. They Became the Falling Ash is a near-perfect example of depressive black/doom metal, and certainly one of the best releases to grace my ears this year."


released February 21, 2015

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Track Name: Look upon the Light
Broken limbs bound to funeral pyres, torches lit, skyward
Ceremonious light for the damned, the lord is now upon you
In chains they dread the coming day, cast away from home
Condemned with sins too great to atone, look now upon the light
Blood-red hatred and fear light the night

Broken limbs bound to funeral pyres, torches lit, skyward
Ceremonious light for the damned, the lord is now upon you

United in fear they cast them to the dark, the unknown beyond ourselves
You are a warning to those who dare to transgress against their will
As fear feeds greed they contemplate the worth of life
A price paid in blood and fire to those with eyes to see them burn

Boundless scornful hatred are the fires that blaze a storm of smoke
Breathe me in and sing of justice as the innocents unfurl
I can't escape the wrath of deities, I beheld his flames to watch my world burn

Detestable, scorned, unbowed
Unworthy of your perishing world
I cannot live for want of dying
I cannot see for embers block my view

"My god is in your head
His fire is in your blood
This world is in his hands
You are beyond repent"

Look now upon your final season, the grey canvas of snow and frost
Look now upon the light, your vessel into the dark
Dare I seek guidance as I pass through
Dare I seek reprieve, dare I live

And the stars will fall, burned grey, floating down
Distant lights begin to fade from view

The incense of flesh is the scent of the church
Track Name: Desperation Hymn
Kingdom never comes, your will is never done
May sulphur blacken your wicked lungs, breath deeply
I'll drown your earth in brimstone
Spread wide the engulfing abyss wreathed in embers
Desperation means little if I've nothing to bereave
I fearlessly stand in the wrath of majesty
Come the flood of fire, break the skin asunder

Break me free of earthly chains, cast no judgement of virtue
Without guilt or remorse, bring me purity, bring me resolve
Come the flood of fire, break the skin asunder

Dim the light of day, come the flood of fire
Burn the sins away, bring the end of all

Strip me bare of all I love and bring me pain
Know what life means when all is lost
The wind sings a solemn dirge for me alone
Unsung in tongues, forgotten through the ages

There's no salvation to be found in death's embrace, when the embers die
I fade for nothing, burn for no one, burn for no one
Bring the wind that carries me with the snow, onto hallowed ground
Behold the stones that cradle the ashes cold, ashes cold, dead trees thy altar...
Track Name: Echoes in the Snow
Oh lord, my botched and broken being knows no sanctity, I hasten my fall with every further descent
My agony means nothing to you, yet I squander and crawl in your world, desperately clutching to light that isn't there
Lost to this world is the vast primordial spirit, its icons shattered with time and replaced with the shadow of crosses and spires
You laugh at my rejection of faith, you've no time to pity the damned, the destitute feel no longer your grace, unceremonious passing for those who cannot be grieved
A lifeless husk that seeps through the cracks like the tears of the fallen
May I re-join the damned who left this world as smolders at your stakes
These bones are ashes enravled in flesh unfurled in the cleansing
A shroud of silent grief cloaks the pyres, the screams of those beloved stoke the fires

I'm not of this world, I'm the grey that surrounds thee
I am the silence, an unrelenting stillness, free

All is lost but these ashes remain, gracing the ground with their memory
All is one but this world is a carcass, dressed with the dead and their woes

The ash coats the world in its silence
Beneath the ice lies its soul
Its hatred never dies nor forgives them
Misfortuned are those who are condemned

They live again but as ghosts in the mist, watching the world as it burns
Condemned to die and cast to the skies to then watch their homes wreathed in flame

Blinded by splendor, seared by heat
Wait no longer, march now in to the light
They became the falling ash and snow
Return to dust and embers in the soil
Untold names in the snow
Lifeless, bitter autumn leaves
Sorrows echo on for many an age
A silent hymn for the dead none can hear

March now into the light...

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