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Necrologue
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2018 6:50 pm 
 

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At last the daylight does succumb!

With riffs and song structures invoking the manes and lemures alike, Cemetery Lights hearkens back to the foggy tradition of blackness and death with its debut EP titled Lemuralia. A snarling rasp narrates four ghastly tales of ancient Roman horror and ritual lifted from the cold ink of history. The past materializes as solid marble before your eyes in all of its terrible beauty. An age long since forgotten is conjured once more!

Released on 9 May to commemorate the beginning of the Lemuralia festival, an ancient Roman celebration featuring exorcism rites to banish malicious spirits from the home.

Debut EP available as a free download or noble DIY cassette featuring a 2-sided cardstock j-card and dub sourced straight from the master tracks. Numbered in blood.

Contact to purchase physical copy: Necrophilosoph@gmail.com

Bandcamp: Necrophilosoph.bandcamp.com

The Cemetery Lights up as in ancient times!

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Necrologue
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 5:26 am 
 

The first track from Lemuralia is titled "Charite's Revenge". It is based on a segment of Metamorphoses, an ancient Roman novel by Apuleius. In it a woman named Charite catches the eye of Thrasyllus. His unquenchable desire for her leads him to murder her husband, Tlepolemus. A tale of revenge unfolds as the slain Tlepolemus visits his wife in a dream and tells her how he met his end.

Although a footnote in a larger story, the grisly tragedy of Charite and Tlepolemus melded too perfectly with the composition to ignore it. The climactic solos accentuate the realization of Charite's vengeance and her suicide at the resting place of her beloved. The subject matter transcends the millennia to the present day, strikingly relevant in an age of moral decay and expedience.

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Necrologue
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:10 am 
 

The titular second track from Lemuralia is based on an ancient Roman festival. It is held on the 9th, 11th, and 13th days of May. The EP was released on May 9th to coincide with the beginning of the festival.
The poet Ovid described the nighttime ritual in Fastorum Libri Sex, "Six Books of the Calendar". To appease the grieving spirits of one's ancestors, the head of a house performs a rite which includes throwing black beans, making the "corna" hand gesture (popularized in contemporary Western culture by Ronnie James Dio), and clashing brass. Upon discovery of this ritual, it quickly became clear that the music of the song was destined to accompany lyrics describing it. The middle section of the song conjured a ritualistic feel which fit the topic perfectly.

Ovid attributed the name of the festival to Remus, one of the mythological brothers who founded Rome. Bewildered by his untimely death and defeat at his brother's hands, he petitioned for a ritual honor his memory in spite of his misfortune. Thus, the Lemuralia festival was created, and extended to include spirits of all ancestors.

The zoologist Carl Linnaeus was well-read on ancient texts. He chose to name the red slender loris as "lemurs" after the grieved spirits because they were nocturnal and moved slowly. The name later encompassed other primates which did not fit the description, particularly the much more popular ring-tailed lemur.

Copies of the tape are going fast. Comparisons are made to the legendary Mortuary Drape, as well as other fathers of ancient occult black metal!

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