NYKTA

by Zemial

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terry cuyler Since I started using Bandcamp I've had a chance to listen to quite a few artists that I might otherwise not had the opportunity to listen to. While some of them have been some real Turkey's Vorksaaths Zemial ain't one . The Nykta album was worth every penny. This album is everything the description says it is. Favorite track: Pharos (i - Dreamer Lost, ii – The Great Dark, iii – Alone, iv - Jewels in the Dust).
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NYKTA - Vorskaath's most ambitious, experimental and technical work to date was released on the 31st of October 2013 and places Zemial firmly in the Avant-garde of Extreme Metal.

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released October 31, 2013

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Zemial Athens, Greece

The meandering path of Zemial encompasses diverse music styles ranging from raw black-thrash & epic heavy metal, to progressive rock, electronic soundscapes and avant-garde art music.

Zemial is the one-man project of multi-instrumentalist Vorskaath.
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Track Name: Ancient Arcane Scrolls
Ancient Arcane Scrolls

This cold Night, Moonlight is the only light I see
Yet Priests behind me hold the torches ablaze
Procession to the top of the (sacred) mountain – Ziggurat
The mighty Gods of the silent Night I shall invoke

The Ancient abyss yields whispering beckoning voices
The sign of the Dark Moon… Their summoning leaves me no choices!
Before me the Glory of Their Autocratic Shadow
I try to remember… the altar is ever so cold…

The darkest, the coldest the distant winds of Sumeria
Have mesmerized me, the blazing Dusk is now behind
I wish to Call You, my soul to You to Sacrifice
Come Gods, hear me, my Life is eternally Yours!

The incense still burning, my heart for Ye is yearning
The incense still burning, my heart for Ye is yearning
I gaze into the cauldron, magical mirror show me
I see Them coming, choke the skies with smoke!

Dark unfolding Their legacy
They Speak to me in my thoughts
Paralyzed and in Ecstasy
Bathed in Light I Know…

“- We know who you are and we know you are One... “
“ - Dare you step to the Side of the Longest Shadows? ”

“I know Who You are and I know I am One with Thee
You Dream Life Forever and hold out Your hand to me”

As certain as the Red Eye of the Sun
Crowned in Glory shall circle away…
For Moonlight to rise and watch in peace...
They shall return and so the scrolls do say.

Remember, the Red Eye of the Sun!
The Red Eye of the Sun!
The Red Eye of the Sun!
The Red Eye of the Sun!

ARCANUM ARCANORUM…
Track Name: Eclipse
ECLIPSE

And the forests of my Dreams are here
And the absolute Twilights
And the Rituals of Antiquity are here
And the Dreamy Starlit Nights
And the Red Wine I have drunk and spilled
And the deepest of my desires are fulfilled
And the sounds still sing in my mind
Yet, I am in between - my heart is as black as an Eclipse

Black Spells I cast, a catastrophe I summon:
"…Sweep through this world like the Winds of War!
Ah Immemorial Ocean, drown their sleep with watery walls of Terror!"
Eclipse!
I strode through the Ages, searching for your
Eclipse!
In the Shadow of Charon I have followed your distant
Eclipse!
My Soul forever is yearning for your
Eclipse!
At the threshold of Death's Dream I have found your Eclipse!

When the ring of the Moon possesses me,
When the ring of the Moon entraps me,
When the ring of the Moon caresses me,
Then the ring of the Moon conducts me!
Entrapped!

I am a slave in your Abyss
My eyes are shut, but I can see your Glory
What have you done to me?
I am a slave to Moon Magic supreme…
Track Name: Under Scythian Command
(Persian infantryman) Rusty sword brings a certain death
A fatal seed on the summit of my last breath
I dread to see – it’s summoned to me
For us the shortest straw!
Now!

(Scythian skirmisher) Fever and Plague on the circle of their death
Fever and Plague in the wells of death
Fever and Plague and the symbols of death

(Persian infantryman) And a waning Moon rests on their soul locked by a demon - tight
A battle song - better hold on tight
Galloping fast - vindictive souls

(Narrator) Absolved of carnage under their mother’s sight
(Scythian mother) “Blessed be their magic soul and their magic sight,
And Metis’ song is nothing to me
I want the throne and no gods over me!
And now!

(Scythian skirmisher) Fever and blades in the circle of their death
Screams from my just sword are soaring
Justice of fear this is almost as a Curse!

Take a mother’s son – summon the Moon
Words sung - in the dark
Commanding death!

Their souls in a circle of death
and no one sees that there’s not enough breath of life
With their toy swords coming to me
Another failed assault

The just sword summoned to me
Another scene of blood- with lust I rub it on me
The shoal and the Seven does fall
And they shall die!
Track Name: In the Arms of Hades (including: Forever Toward the Light)
Black winged demons haunt the dungeons where the moment has no end
Unwept you shall be sent into the endless void of Tartarus
Below in Cimmerian ancient Temples your fate you will meet – I foresee
No warmth of Dawn can ever break the silence of the coldest Nights down there
Morpheus the Son of Sleep with mighty wings that make no sound
Invades thy Dreams with Memories, Illusions from the House of Hypnos
The waters of Black Acheron doth echo through your mind from waters you did come and now you shall go to the waters of Black Acheron!

The Seas of Sleep hold you in their depth
Distant screams; in Phlegethon there’s only Death
Among the Sons of man move forever
Strange, silent, shadows…

This world, same for all
No one of Gods or Men has made
It was ever, is now and ever shall be
An eternal flame

The Seas of Sleep hold you in their depth
Distant screams; in Phlegethon there’s only Death
Among the Sons of man move forever
Strange, silent, shadows…


The Foghorn of Charon sings gently to thee
Resist not what is Law!
Bite hard thy fare and surrender
To the Bringer of Woe

In the Arms of Hades

This world, same for all
No one of Gods or Men has made
It was ever, is now and ever shall be
An ever-living fire

The veil of Sleep now gently falls and never you forget…
Among your Sons move forever, strange, silent Shadows.
Track Name: Breath of the Pestilence
The Breath of the Pestilence is near
By the misuse of black spells beyond all fears
The sceptre of power in your hand you clutch
The black lotus put you in a deceiving trance

Hypergeometry and its codes are now distant words
Like dreams forgotten by the sound of singing birds
The Devil smiles and the demons at his feet
Speak through your mind: "Prepare for true taste of defeat!"

The Breath of the Pestilence is here
The Reaper's scythe brushes your flesh he is so near
Panicking, you blow the ancient dust
Of mouldy magic scrolls; to travel far you must

Hypergeometry and its codes are distant words
Your concentration fails, your key to distant worlds.
Now silent shadows in your chamber float
Demonic, deathless steel menacing your throat!

Blinded he screams in defeat
A crystal ball lies misty by his feet
Young pride that bears a mark
Of inter-dimensional Sorcery
Breath of the Pestilence

The Breath of the Pestilence is here
By the misuse of black spells beyond all fears
The scepter of power from your hand you drop
The black lotus put you in a deceiving trance…
Track Name: Deathspell
Hear the voices of my vengeance
Smash the stillness of the air
and stand as Monoliths of Wrath

I am become a monstrous
Machine of Annihilation
To those who would detain me!

Messenger of Doom now come
Pierce their lungs with stings of venom
Reveal my Wrath and punish them for treachery

Come forth in the name of Abaddon
Bring them to me in shackles
The voice of Death to hear

“behold my face of evil
The bridge to Silent Dark
Your Slayer at the scaffold”

Stings of scorpions – pierce your heart
Waves of nightmares – Witches’ Art
Soul filtered through the Prism – brief light of a falling star
Broken is your circle – Long lives the King (chorus voices)
Track Name: Pharos (i - Dreamer Lost, ii – The Great Dark, iii – Alone, iv - Jewels in the Dust)
PHAROS

~ Part I – Dreamer Lost

Beyond the Pillars of the pale Moonlight
My misty Dream doth lead my tired Soul;
Amongst the biting stench of old, unfinished graves - I thought I heard sarcastic laughter in the Wind -
This land seems cursed why am I here I do not know - and the Lighthouse is now far behind…

The answer to my question no, I wish I never found;
A pitiful parody of wrinkled human flesh and skinny bones
This fiendish host, It leads me by the hand…
I am forced to read the symbols of…NUG SOTH!

"DAMAMIACH - that made the Mountains shake"
"CROM-YHA - Who spoke the Name"

No sound succeeded my screams. And my flesh…
My flesh, branded with unholy Sorcery - Forever!

The Dark, it sweetly comforts me from Their Eyes
The Lighthouse is visible now,
I might escape soon…

~Part II – The Great Dark

Contemplate Dreaming Forever!

Nightly you travel to worlds distant yet so near. Helpless you observe and your mind swept from one place to another yet you are always still. You search for a beacon to remember… to return.

(Transmission): Galaxy of Fallon to Telepath 1

Amongst dusty moments of small apparent significance lay as gleaming jewels the moments of Truth - the light Within the Great Darkness.
Yet in the light of the almighty power of Helios you forget... you lay to the dust “just another dream...”

~Part III – Alone

(Mother) “Welcome my Child - I knew it when I first saw you...
Come, come with me through the desert sands, to the Serpent of the Deepest Seas. Come along now...”

~Part IV – Jewels in the Dust

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