The Grim Muse

by In Twilight's Embrace

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    The Grim Muse’ contains the band’s most introspective material to date. Gone are the days of youthful enthusiasm, now replaced by a sense of otherness and cold distance towards the world. At the same time, the album finds In Twilight’s Embrace at the peak of ferocity and restlessness. Driven by bitterness, disillusion and doubt, ‘The Grim Muse’ is the defining work of In Twilight’s Embrace. The venture is about to begin. Let the grand breach expand.

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credits

released September 15, 2015

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marcin Rybicki at Left Hand Sound between December 2014 and July 2015. Additional recordings by Per Stålberg at Welfare Sounds in Gothenburg, Sweden.
All music by In Twilight's Embrace. All lyrics by Cyprian Łakomy
Cover artwork by Robert A. von Ritter
Layout by Kontamination Design

Guest musicians:

Rambo (Bloodthirst) – vocals on 'A Wolf I Remain'
Paweł Bartulewicz (The Dead Goats) – vocals on 'The Fullmoon Strain'
Tomas Lindberg (At the Gates, Disfear) – vocals on 'No' and 'The Grim Muse'

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Channeling darkness through music since 2005.

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Track Name: Postmodern Postmortem
We begin
What we'll become
Track Name: Dystopian
I've been watching the buildings rise
Vain like their creators
So thick with vacuum they are
Standing tall against the livid skies

In the windowpanes so blank
Shines a reflection of our inner grey
Drugged and despondent, we are all heading towards
The loss within the wastelands of ourselves

Nauseatingly sterile
Yet transparent just like looking glass

We are
Drugged and despondent
Numb, inert
We're reveling in our mere existence
Slowly reaching the limits
Of dullness beyond repair

Nauseatingly sterile
Yet transparent just like looking glass
We remain

We have witnessed the statues fall
Collapse like their creators
Giants of clay, walls of glass
Laid to waste under pregnant skies

In the stranglehold of progress
We welcome our own demise
Track Name: Der Hellseher (I Have a Dream)
As mankind piles up on this mortal coil
Polluting every inch of air and soil
I wield my song across the fields of plague
Opening wide the gates of common grave

A land of mockery and woe
The most worthless and wretched of all

The plain where blood mixes with shit
With one gentle touch cleansed of all dirt
The portent of unavoidable demise
Which makes all ears bleed and blinds the eyes

Will soon sound grim throughout all nations
Heralding the day when all is reckoned

I have a dream
Of the world drenched in red

So mark my words all those who dare to listen
And anguish to all life wasted on the living
I raise the cup to all those who stay strong
And their will to rise above the pitiful swarm

I have a dream
Of the world drenched in red

One day all hells will freeze as skies will bathe
All life in streams of acid rain
No kingdom will ever rise again and we will be reborn
In the debris of the earth
Track Name: A Wolf I Remain
Leading through these endless plains
My journey seems to have no end at all
Baptized in hellfire flames
I bear witness to my generations fall

You pious cowards, you spineless whores
Trampled under my feet is what you hail
And most adore

Spat out by the acausal winds
Into the middle of this earthly brothel
I follow the path of the adversary
Free from the chains of its order

An untamed wolf I remain
And upon manking I declared a war
Never from my savage ways will I refrain
Nor bow down before the mundane laws

I'll elevate myself from the deepest nadir
And all the boundaries will I overcome
Tear my way up to the highest peak
Break into the firmament and shine
Brighter than a thousand suns

Unbound into eternity
I march with solitude by my side
When all around is drowned in the fathomless sleep
I'm doomed to prowl amidst the coldest night

An untamed wolf I remain
And upon manking I declared a war
Never from my savage ways will I refrain
Nor bow down before the mundane laws
Prowl
Track Name: Liepaja
Soil abandoned
A land forlorn
As if time has stood still
And the whole world was gone

Waves come crashing
Lick the shores with chlorine kiss
Ever-returning tide of blissful torment
Leaves nothing but scars and wounds so deep
Unhealed

A silence so profound and mighty
Rises over bridges once burnt
Like towers that pierce the skies and move the stars,
It sings a song so loud, yet still unheard

A land forlorn
Erased from all maps
Left to wither and die alone
Track Name: The Fullmoon Strain
Winter holds the world tight in its grip
Pulse of raped nature flows unheard beneath the ice
By the frozen lake we gather
And raise our voices to the starless sky

Moonshield's eclipsed by the silhouettes of black
As in the shadows we are bathed
Defilers, outcasts, the unwanted bastard sons
Our revenge begins to take its shape

Into the dark we wander
With torches in hands, yet no god in our hearts
Your curse is our blessing
Servants to none

In a land where waters freeze forever
And no bird dare return
Hear the words of our oath resound
As all life rests buried in pale white snow

Moonshield's eclipsed by the silhouettes of black
As in the shadows we are bathed
Defilers, outcasts, the unwanted bastard sons
Our revenge begins to take its shape

Vengeance takes its shape
Track Name: Chainclad
The holocaust angel
Has spread its blackened wings again
All over the land
Where elegies are battlehymns

Where tragedies and loss
Spoil and corrupt our ego and pride
As the whores give birth to the bastard sons
On the altars of death

Chainclad
Born to pay our debts
To whores with halos
And heroes once bred
Dogmas we all reject

And just like a tumour
Which cannot be healed
It's sucking our marrows out
Chaining our will forevermore

Chainclad
Born to pay our debts
To whores with halos
And heroes once bred
Dogmas we all reject

Since the day we were born
This cancer has flown in our blood
And since hour one
We've been bound
Track Name: No
When there is no single thing to discover
And no questions to ask
The world unveils its most ugly truth
Elusive and harsh at once

Hidden in obscurity
Yet bitter when it finally strikes
The world unveils its most ugly truth
Elusive and harsh at once

We've been here for no reason since day one
And we will be no more
We are going nowhere

Efforts that bring neither splendour
Nor victorious taste in our mouths
All the laurels around our necks
Will wither in due time
I have drank the oceans of disappointment dry
Track Name: The Grim Muse
Crossroads

Crossroads after crossroads I pass
Anchored nowhere
Shedding no bitter tear for the world I leave behind
In the glare of the embers still burning

See the bonds dissolve
As air becomes stale
Colder I grow
Our words die halfway

Is it the world that has orphaned its child
Or the son who abandoned the mother
Parting ways with the world I once knew
I abscond into the endless white

With a tide reverse
Oh, my grim muse, arrive
Heart alight, scars align
Let me bask in thy light

Until the end of all time
Let the grand breach expand

Born from changes vast
The grand breach expands
Ever it grows
A great divide

No longer willing to be my brothers' keeper
I sever all ties
The blade cuts deeper and deeper
Until the wounds have all bled dry

With a tide reverse
Oh, my grim muse, arrive
Heart alight, scars align
Let me bask in thy light

Let the grand breach expand
Track Name: Gravitate Towards the Unknown
To gather strength from weakness
And reach far beyond the stars
To face each and every challenge
When others refuse to try
I will rise above the powerless
Winged by the conviction that burns in my heart
Standing tall in scornful triumph
As this world erodes and heavens die

Surpassing borders
With no end in sight
Through burning darkness
Fading the city lights

To the shores unseen I take my goal
Beyond life, beyond fear, beyond death
I gravitate to worlds unknown
To corners so distant I travel all alone
Breathless, yet without fear
I’m leaning towards the unknown

To gutters once thrown
I ascend to the skies
Spawned by the abyss
The one of the unlight

Born to rekindle the fire everburning
Track Name: The Becoming
I break my vows
And shed my skin with no regrets
No farewell
And no psalm for the dead

Don't exorcise my demons
I'll keep them by my side
I might be beautifully wrong
Or terribly right

Netherwards
Away from the paradigm long lost
We go
Artist souls with butchers' hands

No farewell
And no psalm for the dead

Netherwards
Away from the paradigm long lost
We go
Artist souls with butchers' hands

We go
Watching our heroes fall

The universal foundations tremble
The sequence falls apart
As no great narrative
Was ever right

The sequence falls apart
As no great narrative
Was ever right

Faced with complete failure
And frigid loneliness
When no one else is there
Into the mirrors of ours we stare
World without end

Seeking no redemption in the furthest beyond
Finding no comfort in all crosses of the world

The universal foundations tremble
The sequence falls apart
As no great narrative
Was ever right

Watching all heroes fall
Left all alone
We become
What we began

When everything around is shattered
Lost in endless entropy
We sail the raging sea
Of thought