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Black Somnia

by EYE OF NIX

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1.
With birth will return the fear Handed down, wound and scar, all trauma In the code, replicated fire None escape fright's red reflection Victims once, spirals coil for ages No one free until the lines are broken In the code, replicated fire None escape fright's red reflection "I cut you from me, my child Fear stops with me - Perpetuate no more this silent struggle"
2.
A threatening tone falls upon my ear, a sinister, unwelcome voice Will I fly? Will I flee? The quickened beat of warning now a-swell within my careful breast Will I fly? Will I flee? And will my eyes deceive or help me now O will my feet carry or fail me now Will precious blood swirl in water below And if it’s mine, I'll not see heaven’s glow tonight Or will this face burn into the mind and haunt all days, reminding pain and pain again O treasured peace, will you abandon me? Replaced with sorrow and hateful memory Silence broken, two orbs relentless in shadow approaching fast in my wake Meeting their gaze, atria explode, galloping forth in Fear’s primal pace I ask myself: Will I fly? Will I flee? With danger so swiftly born is ever prey's enduring dread of helplessness.
3.
A Curse 05:59
Your passive stance disgusts me Reveal yourself Receive my power
4.
Lull 06:23
Lie to control Lull the unwary Lie to extort wage, love, and more "Mine are the keys to life, All to me sacrifice Dying you call to me, Begging for amnesty Grey in your hair, you wake, Sins you beg me to take Your life was wasted time, Now you long to be mine Living outside my light you can grow A creature made from dust and imagined soul The painful thought to you: perfect world In fear you cry aloud for me on high..." Your lies control Your lies extort For me on high...
5.
Toll On 07:10

"O Death, rock me asleep Bring me to quiet rest. Let pass my weary guiltless ghost... Farewell, all my pleasures past Welcome my present pain... Life cannot remain. Toll on, thou passing bell..." I hunger for release Bound by body, devoid of purpose A mindless eye chose for me chattel's life, born to breed Forbidden to live Ring out thy knell, Toll on....
6.
Never give her praise A monstrous visage Ghastly badge of dishonor Hold pity close to your breast Reject the heart's plea "Hideous my name Pursuit of momentary pleasures rules me and all my heinous minions Beware those rapists, thieves and murderers My lot is cast No shame No remorse Human tragedy my mask" Never give her praise...

about

Eye of Nix was formed in 2012 with the intent of conjuring music that is threatening, beautiful, and harsh. Founding vocalist & guitarist Joy Von Spain, guitarist Nicholas Martinez, and noise/sound collage artist Masaaki Masao were joined in 2017 by bassist Zach Wise and drummer Luke LaPlante.

Recorded by renowned producer Billy Anderson (Bell Witch, Pallbearer) at The Hallowed Halls in Portland, Oregon and mastered by Brad Boatright (Gatecreeper, Necrot), their new LP Black Somnia centers on themes of fear, control, and anxiety while shape-shifting through a lens of blackened psychedelia and doom. Commented vocalist Joy Von Spain: “The album is an exploration of the forces of fear and control, responses to these insidious, unseen powers, the specter that remains when we awaken from mysterious and frightening dreams. Billy Anderson worked with us on ideas to preserve the noisier elements of our sound and the layers of atmosphere.”

The visual elements for Black Somnia were created in collaboration with occult photographer and artist Carlos Melgoza (Anima Nocturna) and an international group of Butoh performers (Alan Sutherland, Vanessa Skantze, Marina Sossi) with Susan DuMett (Vox Vespertinus).

Black Somnia's first print run was issued in the US as a vinyl-only edition pressing limited to 250. Through the prominence of Black Somnia's original pressing, the result is an official worldwide release through Prophecy (first time on CD & a new version of the LP). The majestic elements of the album seamlessly accent each other, creating a memorable mesmerizing audio experience that will hypnotize the listeners senses. Admirers of Pharmakon, Satyricon and early Soundgarden will find Black Somnia to be a uniquely intriguing musical masterpiece. The band has accomplished to create an album that defies all genre standards within modern day dark music.

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credits

released December 15, 2017

All songs written and performed by Eye of Nix, 2012-2016
Joy Von Spain - vocals & lyrics
Nicholas Martinez - guitar (add'l vocals track 4)
Justin Straw - drums (add'l vocals track 4)
Gerald Hansen - bass guitar
Masaaki Masao - samplers (add'l guitar tracks 2 & 5; add'l drum tracks 4 & 6)

Recorded and mixed by Billy Anderson at The Hallowed Halls and Everything Hz, Portland, OR.
Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, Portland, OR.

Photographs - Anima Nocturna (Carlos Melgoza)
Layout - Zach Wise

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EYE OF NIX Seattle, Washington

Black/Doom/Avant-garde songs with mesmerizing rhythms, emotive melodies, operatic moments and intense dynamics

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