Demonseed

by Empyrean Throne

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Album download includes all songs, cover art, and a digital PDF of the record booklet.

The Band:
While traveling through the Nordic wastes of Scandinavia, Empyrean Throne was formed by vocalist Andrew Knudsen and bassist John Ashbaugh. The duo teamed up with skins master Dan “Danimals” Bruette to bring the percussion fury. After going through various guitarist line up changes the band finally recruited string wizards Mike Brennan and Bryan Schwarz into the fray. The most recent addition to band is that of composer and master-class cellist Kakophonix, who rounds out the team’s current roster. Briefly under the banner "Of Legions", Empyrean Throne began their live campaign with a bang, playing their second show as a band at the 2012 Summer Slaughter Tour in Anaheim, CA followed by two co-headlining shows with The Browning and Abigail Williams along with an appearance at California Metalfest later that year. But they have not stopped there. Since assuming their new identity, Empyrean Throne has continued their live campaign alongside local Epic Black Metal allies of Xanthochroid and Highland, and as the direct support act for death metal titans Disgorge and the all mighty Cattle Decapitation at the 2013 OC Deathfest. In terms of their stage show, Empyrean Throne is just not a heavy hitting dose of blackened death metal, it’s an experience with lots of personality, often ripe with multi-media theatrics that one would expect from a major label artist such as Dimmu Borgir. On the music side of the set OC Weekly described Empyrean Throne’s sound as “A vicious mix of raw black metal and traditional death metal, akin to a fuzzier version of Behemoth.”

The Album:
The record is a concept release about the rise of an Anti-Christ like figure, the destruction that follows in his wake, and the birth of the new world he leaves behind after his demise at the hands of his own creation. Amidst the blasting barrage of Dan’s double bass, the heavy guitars, epic cello orchestrations, and Knudsen’s brutal screams, “Demonseed” will leave the listener wanting more. Lyrically “Demonseed” holds nothing back, diving into themes of heresy, warfare, possession, government enslavement, end times prophecy, and corruption. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Ryan Williams former bassist for The Black Dahlia Murder, and recorded at Winds of Plague headquarters Sound Temple Studio, "Demonseed" is well-polished record that is not for the weak of heart. The record also features two guest performances by master class pianist Daniel Pappas (Track 6 - Follow the Plaguelord) and vocalist Tyler Gorski (Track 3 - Nothing But Vermin). “Our goal with this band has always and will always be to create nothing less than an all out metal assault”, says Andrew. John elaborated further by saying “To put it simply, this record is a full on onslaught of organized havoc.” Each member has their own musical background, which helps fuel the flames of creativity to produce a unique sound. “I started with the hardcore scene, then it just got heavier from there, the guitar guys are always giving me new grooves to listen too,” says skins man "Danimals" Bruette. “We all have very eclectic tastes that seem to mesh well,” says Andrew “Being Scandinavian, I am a huge black metal fan so I like to incorporate a lot of those elements into our music”. Kakophonix added, “These guys have their act together, and being a part of this band is one hell of a ride. I’m excited to see what the future holds for Empyrean Throne.”

Demonseed release date - 12.5.13
Empyrean Throne
Erthe & Axen Records 2013

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released December 5, 2013

Empyrean Throne is:
Andrew Knudsen – Vocals
Mike Brennan – Guitar
Bryan Schwarz – Guitar
John Ashbaugh – Bass
Dan “Danimals” Bruette – Drums
Kakophonix – Cello

Fathered and birthed by:
Andrew Knudsen – Vocals / Samples
Mike Correia – Guitar
Bryan Schwarz – Guitar
John Ashbaugh – Bass
Dan “Danimals” Bruette – Drums
Kakophonix – Cello / Orchestration

Session Musicians:
Daniel Pappas – piano on “Follow The Plaguelord”
Tyler Gorski – guest vocals on “Nothing But Vermin”

All music written by Empyrean Throne and Mike Correia
All lyrics written by Andrew Knudsen
Produced by Andrew Knudsen
Recorded at Sound Temple Studios, Andrew@SoundTempleStudio.com
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Ryan Williams, Augmented Audio, augmented.audio@gmail.com

Cover concept by Andrew Knudsen and Eko Pratama
Cover artwork by Eko Pratama, eptm99@gmail.com
Additional artwork by Bryce Kroll & Perry Kroll, Studio Free Radical, www.studiofreeradical.com
Band photography by April Edwards, www.facebook.com/IshFauxto
Additional photography by Michelle Weissmann

Booking and contact – empyreanthroneband@gmail.com
Webstore and Merchandise – empyreanthrone.bandcamp.com
Website and Facebook – facebook.com/empyreanthrone

“May the Dark Empyrean be upon you.”

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Empyrean Throne is a clandestine black metal order from Lake Forest California, hellbent on spreading their gospel to the far corners of the world.

Into Chaos. Towards the Beyond. Ever Vigilant.

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Track Name: Death March
Death March:

CHARGE! From the trenches we strike!
CHARGE! From the trenches we strike!

Damned to this vile wasteland
Earth’s now a killing field
Haunting prayers sweep through the ranks
As soldiers scream in faceless cries
Mortar fire rains by the hour
Men slay their own with demonic strength
The unholy wrath of Death’s Messiah
Will leave nothing left in his burning wake

Show no mercy for the weak
And break the enemies lines

Strike down the heavens
Black valor untamed
Crushed under a jackboot as will of Chaos reigns!
Skies wreathed in fire
The Dark Crusade
Crushed under a jackboot as will of Chaos reigns!

Cry Havoc!
Cry Havoc, keep the wolves at bay!
Cry Havoc!
Cry Havoc, a war against the grain!
Cry Havoc!
Cry Havoc! KEEP THE WOLVES AT BAY!
Cry Havoc!
Cry Havoc! A WAR AGAINST THE GRAIN!

Orders of eradication
Campaign of extermination
Those left of us are bleeding out
Our battalion numbers are running thin.
Shrapnel’s kiss marks our final stand
Our last baptism is sealed in flames
Should this find you “Call to arms!”
And prepare for the coming days

Strike down the heavens
Black valor untamed
Crushed under a jackboot as will of Chaos reigns!
Skies wreathed in fire
The Dark Crusade
Crushed under a jackboot as will of Chaos reigns!

Fix your bayonets! From the trenches we strike!
Fix your bayonets! From the trenches we strike!
Fix your bayonets! From the trenches we strike!
Now fix your bayonets! From the trenches STRIKE!
Track Name: Demonseed
Demonseed:

Something evil is growing inside me
It’s fingers crawl beneath my veins
A rush of pain ignites my senses
This flood of agony makes it hard to breath!

No awakening from this fever dream
My body bears the Dark One’s child
Am I a slave to the creature inside me?
Am I a servant to the Tyrant of Hades?

Birth!
Of the Serpent’s malice
Birth!
Of the Anti-Christ
Birth!
Of the Demon’s seed
Birth!
Of the Lord of the End Times!

As I pass beyond salvation
Damned eternal is my destiny
Virgin birth of the darkest nature
Sin’s Harbinger in the cradle of wrath

I cry out “Someone save me!”
A spasm answers from within the womb
Caught between the forces of darkness
From the abyss I can hear them scream

Birth!
Of the Serpent’s malice
Birth!
Of the Anti-Christ
Birth!
Of the Demon’s seed
Birth!
Of the Lord of the End Times!
Birth!
Birth!
Birth!
BIRTH!

Birth!
Of the Serpent’s malice
Birth!
Of the Anti-Christ
Birth!
Of the Demon’s seed
Birth!
Of the Lord of the End Times!
Birth!
God’s daughter defiled
Birth!
One with the damned
Birth!
Mother of Slaughter
Birth!
To the Serpent’s Lamb!

Awaken the Demonseed
Conception of the Demonseed
Awaken the Demonseed
Conception of the Demonseed
Awaken the Demonseed
Conception of the Demonseed
Awaken the Demonseed
Cut out the DEMONSEED!
Track Name: Nothing But Vermin
Nothing But Vermin:

Devoid of light with a ravenous hunger
Insanity's Pit will just have to suffice
To the Things that lurk beyond exile
Embrace the call to the will of the Hive

Beneath the ground I can hear them seething
Waiting for their chance to reclaim
Amidst the soil and the rotting corpses
Burns a vengeance from the mouth of graves

You are nothing but vermin!
You are nothing but vermin!

The Fallen sing from beyond the Gloom
Kissed once more by the lips of torture
Free to rape what's left of this Earth
We’ll bleed her dry as the righteous suffer
Cast from fires of Ancient Hells
Wrapped within gold coffers of agony
A purpose given to a blind existence
With the overthrow of Humanity

For too long we’ve been made enslaved
Gripped by the maw of dementia
Us wretched Beings swear allegiance, against our overlords and their creation
United we’ll rise beneath the Sprawl
Stinking of pain in glorious hatred
Disfigured forms of forgotten Nightmares, marching under blessings of our bastard Icons

You are nothing but vermin!
You are nothing but vermin!
Perversion of nature, deranged and depraved
You are nothing but vermin!
You are nothing but vermin!
Defiled seeds of angels, spawns of treachery

While Society slept your forces gathered
Finding strength between the mud and the rain
The dark children of faceless horrors
Creatures banished beyond Heaven's Gates
But now bring this vision to fruition
Put an end to their sycophantic fantasy
A survival built on the hatred of others
Poisoned past the point of ecstasy

In this place the Night has gathered
She'll sign the pact to the end of days
And in this place dwell the Scions of Chaos
Denizens of infernal slaves
You are all nothing but vermin!
You are all nothing but vermin!

For too long we’ve been made enslaved
Gripped by the maw of dementia
Us wretched Beings swear allegiance, against our overlords and their creation
United we’ll rise beneath the Sprawl
Stinking of pain in glorious hatred
Disfigured forms of forgotten Nightmares, marching under blessings of our bastard Icons

You are nothing but vermin!
You are nothing but vermin!
You are nothing but vermin!
We are all nothing but vermin!
Track Name: The Fascist Messiah
The Fascist Messiah:

Enslavement Process
Through the winds of technology
Implant and defile
To increase totalitarian control
Imperial reclamation
Directed to imprison the mind
Demon child’s creation
The Gift of global genocide

Marked and enslaved
Shackled and chained
Coronation to the Father of Lies
The throne has been taken
The Tyrant has spoken
“LET THIS NEW WORLD ORDER ARISE!”

Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!

Marked and enslaved
Shackled and chained
Coronation to the Father of Lies
The throne has been taken
The Tyrant has spoken
“LET THIS NEW WORLD ORDER ARISE!”

Experimentation
Ordered among the ranks of the damned
Perversion of Nature
Has become the hybrid man
Dark science and terror
Propaganda to subdue and to blind
False Christ and Messiah
Unholy savior and destroyer of lives

Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!
Peace through Power!
Track Name: A Crow's Feast
A Crow’s Feast:

The air is heavy with the rotting corpses
Atop the bodies sits an altar of flesh
Defiled icon, a crow’s feast
Marker to the fall of man
I hear the screams and the cries of ravens
Vanguard to the carrion horde
The flock burns with a darkened hunger
To pick the skin from my bones

The Storm seethes
Flesh has now become meat
The beasts gather with great speed
Under banner of black wings
(As they take flight)

Now they’ve come at last to take me
Infernal servant to the damned
Left to walk this blighted landscape
Atonement for my sins at hand

These visions of torture
Let the Aeons return to take me
My masters, enslavers
Sentinel to their creation
The world is but ashes
Forsaken and left to die
Grant mercy, give rapture
Let me join your grand design

No mercy, destruction
Your prayers will fall on deaf ears
No shelter, damnation
Your worship’s all but empty
Give penance, no answer
Your Lord has cast a blind eye
Kinslayer, deceiver
This holocaust is without end

The flock descends with a shriek of fury
I’m dragged beneath the black whirlwind
As my body is ripped to pieces
I’m enlightened by Death’s cold hand
We are slaves to our own creation
Our allegiance, a sacrifice
Is this my foretold ascension?
Or just the end to an empty omen?

The Storm seethes
Flesh has now become meat
The beasts gather with great speed
Under banner of black wings
(The Creatures of Night)

Now they’ve come at last to take me
Infernal servant to the damned
Left to walk this blighted landscape
Atonement for my sins at hand

Epulae corvis corax
A feast for the crows
Track Name: Follow The Plaguelord
Follow The Plaguelord:

Smell my decay as it seeps in your lungs,
And hear the word of the Festering Sore
Rise my disciple and shed your flesh,
Let your rotting intestines now fall to the floor

You awake from a nightmare to a voice in the dark,
Calling out for you to take his mark
A rush of fear crawls down your spine,
He whispers to you “Soon you’ll be mine”
The door has been opened, there’s no turning back,
As you stand on the threshold to follow his path
Take the first steps to serve your new Lord,
And sever humanity’s umbilical chord

Oh Great Father, Lord of the Flies
I accept your gift, come open my eyes
No longer condemned to preaching’s of liars
I’ll see them burn on mortal pyres
This planet is dying, its empires will fall
But others like me will answer to your call
I’ll walk with you until the end
I will follow you my friend

Rejoice in my blessings to you I’ve bestowed
For the reign of humanity grows sickly and ill
Walk with the saints who speak my name
Accept the plague and submit to thy will

You scream in agony and drop to your knees,
The body transforms, your skin blisters and bleeds
Infection spreads while pain subsides,
Who you once were has left and has died
The veil has been lifted from in front of your eyes,
Your destiny unfolds as you begin to arise
Now heed the cries of the diseased and the damned
This world is now his to command!

Oh Great Father, Lord of the Flies
I accept your gift, come open my eyes
No longer condemned to preaching’s of liars
I’ll see them burn on mortal pyres
This planet is dying, its empires will fall
But others like me will answer to your call
I’ll walk with you until the end
I will follow you my friend!

Oh Great Father, Lord of the Flies
I accept your gift, come open my eyes
No longer condemned to preaching’s of liars
I’ll see them burn on mortal pyres
This planet is dying, its empires will fall
But others like me will answer to your call
I’ll walk with you until the end
I will follow you, my master, my friend!