AAX​-​073 : Skeletal Forests

by Shrouded Elk

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Originally released as audio/visual VHS T10 & cassette C10
AAX-073 | Limited Editions of 50 copies each

More info: www.AurisApothecary.org/releases/aax-073

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In an increasingly industrialized era, where urbanization is a focal point for societal expansion, the natural world is threatened daily by mankind’s inability to successfully cooperate without damaging effects. This destructive system is the central theme of Skeletal Forests, SHROUDED ELK’s debut audio/visual demo. It is a misanthropic narrative desiring the end of humanity and the rebirth of organic growth – quite literally a call for retribution in favor of nature. Musically, Skeletal Forests is 4 tracks of high-fidelity symphonic black metal & funeral doom, with guitars recorded direct-in & drum machines played entirely by hand.

On the VHS version, the tracks are visually accompanied by a 10 minute film which shows the SHROUDED ELK in its natural habitat, but staying true to its name, its appearance is brief. We have opted to release Skeletal Forests on VHS tapes to preserve the full sonic range of frequencies as well as allow the viewing of the film in tandem with the music. Included within the containing cardboard box is a velvet pouch, the contents of which are three mystical artcards & a coin made from a slice of genuine elk antler adorned with the sygil of an elk eye…everything that is necessary to invoke SHROUDED ELK.

- Auris Apothecary

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NOTICE: The VHS version of this album is an audio & visual release, featuring a film that lasts the duration of the content. The tracks above are AUDIO-ONLY.

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released October 31, 2013

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Fuck Humanity.
Worship Earth.

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Track Name: Industrial Waste
they burn our dwellings down to expand industrial waste
they’ll stop at nothing until all that remains is skeletal forests
bark of bone, hearts of stone, creatures left without their homes
let a hex befall all who control these machines of death and destruction
Track Name: Aurora Aeternus
eternal sunrise extinguishing the darkness
fires from the sky consuming flesh
let it rain

aurora aeternus
amor matris absolutus est
Track Name: Reigning Moonlight
ashes coating kingdoms filled with skeletons of humans
victims of existence and rotting mortal dissonance

their moonlight reign has ended

but lo, in the distance greenery sprouts forth
rising through cooled embers to emerge amidst a swarm
of flowering leaves and budding trees and spreading seas of blossoming weeds
the majesty and glory of the only exalted entity

of all false truths that are sown and harvested with impunity
one pure veil remains, embedded with integrity
unfaltering in its nurturing and eternal persistence through suffering
there are no mortal kings who hold the same authority
as earth
Track Name: Triumph Ritual
oh sweet beautiful flowing earth
with your rivers so pristine
in your choirs we will faithfully sing
your praises, as sirens with tongues elated
proclaiming sovereignty over every meter of land and sea

the triumph of our rituals breeds sorrow for the scriptural flocks
so let them all burn

oh sweet beautiful flowing earth
with your mountains so esteemed
in your choirs we will faithfully sing
your praises, as sirens with tongues elated
proclaiming sovereignty
the triumph of our rituals breeds sorrow for the scriptural flocks
so let them all burn