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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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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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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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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:50 am 
 

The third track from Lemuralia is titled "Necrophilosoph". Although embellished with some original content, the track is based on Roman necromancy.

The song is set at Lake Avernus, a volcanic crater lake located in the Campania region of Italy. Several writers in antiquity depicted the lake as an entrance to the underworld, particularly in the Tusculanae Disputationes by Cicero, the Aeneid by Virgil, and the Fabulae by Hyginus.

Bodies of water were believed to be a gateway to the underworld, connecting the realm of the living to the rivers which the dead traverse on their journey to the afterlife. Necromancy was utilized to extract prophecy from the deceased. Not surprisingly, a grotto for an oracle is located at Lake Avernus as well.

The adventure of the protagonist in "Necrophilosoph" is a solitary one, however. Eschewing the domestication of Roman society, he ventures into the wilderness to consult forces which elude the grasp of all but those who are truly determined. With a sacrifice of his own blood he conjures the shades from beyond the grave to reveal the future to him, binding the chaos of death and extracting order from its secrets. The song's concept was one of the first conceived for Cemetery Lights, although not initially defined as coherently as it would end up being. Like the protagonist in the lyrics, the forces of uncertainty and confusion were tamed, arranged, and utilized for the triumph of a determined spirit.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:48 am 
 

The fourth and final track from Lemuralia is titled "Accursed Funeral". It incorporates a supplication to Dīs Pater, Roman god of the underworld, to take Emperor Nero's life.

Dīs Pater was originally a god of wealth. His chthonic dwelling was amidst the riches of the earth such as precious metals and stones. Over time his reputation as a subterranean deity led to associations with the land of the dead. Thus, he became a god of the underworld, presiding over buried wealth and bodies alike.

The disgraced Emperor Nero is notorious for his lavish spending and violence. He arranged the murder of his step-brother, Britannicus, mother, Agrippina. He arranged the execution of his recently-divorced wife, Octavia, and used the Great Fire of Rome as a pretense for sentencing a multitude of Christians to death.

Although Nero hosted relief efforts for the displaced survivors of the Great Fire, the toll of the restoration efforts would result in devaluation of the Roman currency, ranging from the denarius, to the purity of silver, and lastly the aureus. Considerable space and resources were allocated towards the construction of Nero’s Domus Aurea, or “Golden House”, a lavish palace which spared no expense for its grandeur.

Four years later, Nero’s tax policies resulted in discord throughout the greater empire. Gaius Julius Vindex rebelled. Although swiftly defeated, the victorious army of Lucius Verginius Rufus wanted their commander to be emperor instead of Nero. Eventually the prefect of the Praetorian Guard, Gaius Nymphidius Sabinus, proclaimed his support for Servius Sulpicius Galba, a prospective replacement for Nero. With that support, Galba concentrated his efforts on displacing the Emperor.

Nero was erroneously told that he was declared a public enemy by the Senate and sentenced to die. Terrified, Nero instead chose to commit suicide by ordering his private secretary to strike him down. The accounts provided by Suetonius and Cassius Dio claim that Rome welcomed Nero’s demise, although Tacitus, Philostratus II, and Apollonius of Tyana state that the common people lamented the loss of his extravagance and support for liberty. Nero’s complex relationship with money and violence weave tragically well with Dīs Pater, making for a handsome sacrifice to the god of the underworld.

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