In Pieces

by Oak Pantheon

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H.L. This album is an emotional rollercoaster. In one moment you want to close your eyes, sink in a melancholic dream while dropping a furtive tear and in the next you want to clench your fist and shout "I'm not the only one!"

OP combine numberless dark music styles and vocals from black to ambient metal to progressive but always fluent and - most important - deeply moving compositions.

Only few bands, like Enslaved or Borknagar, are able to play on such a high level. Potential album of the year! Favorite track: Enormity.
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1.
She does not answer Lips are pale and still Mother can’t feel my arm She has no pulse, nor will If I could see dawn as a new day If I could see past this strife These patterns in life unchanging Taunting If I could usher in a new age And see beyond today If I could gather the strength To move on Life’s thread was broken I hear you calling No waking up now, as this nightmare unfolds I cannot bear I don’t belong here Please don’t go This world is not my own Take me home If I could see dawn as a new day…
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11:44
I am not the only one… I am not the only one To foresee the fall of God I am not the only one To take pride in all I’ve found I am not the only one To feel pain from all I’ve found I am not the only one To know faith from all I’ve found I am not the only one… Receive a calling It’s not secondhand How can I know for sure? I know I know for sure Starfire Shrouds the sky Desire Born from lies Inspire Breed hive mind Admire God on high (Excerpt from “The Shrinking Man”) So close, the infinitesimal and the infinite But suddenly I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet Like the closing of a gigantic circle I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens, the universe, worlds beyond numbers God’s silver tapestry spread across the night And in that moment I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite And I felt my body dwindling Pupils amass, give all to your Father Give all you’ve got, don’t succumb to greed It’s not enough, you must do more Serve me, your spirit be free I can’t reason with the truth I was never meant to make it this far Devise Design Mortal decay Wasting away Devise Design Heresy
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04:04
Flight Rapture Escape this world Beckon spirits Heathen or no Without alarm, without a warning Constricted mass exploding My path diverging and I'm wandering I’ve lost my way and I’m still floating They told me to repent my sins They told me to believe I was wrong, but I won’t take it back Don’t need you to take me I won’t do your will I won’t get down on my knees I am so far away Endless space surrounds me I’ll float for eternity
4.
11:42
Where strides behemoth? Where damage massive dwells Wake fills with ocean Level plain with crushing swells Enormity crashes through the mountains Avalanche washes over its feet Fields destroyed Monstrosity wanders ever inward Razing the town in single stride Gaping void Humongous I see it I hear it I fear it Turn around and grab the nearest weapon Pitchforks and torches and the mob is on its way To kill the beast and mount its head upon a spire A monument to those who conquered sin In pieces Rebuild We must rebuild
5.
Return to conscious A brief sigh of regret The events that occurred Nothing more than a dream I lie awake contemplating Watching the hour hand As it crawls reluctantly In endless circles Go through the motions And brood the sunlight Waiting for night to arrive So that the next musing can begin Falling forever This world is not real Run from your fears This world is not real I hope it’s not real Wake up startled Sweating, heart racing Expecting to see everyone And everything still here How could something that felt so real Just be in my head The realm of reality Ruled by failure and death Why even wake up? Return of the fallen This world is not real Grasp the apparition This world is not real Why can’t it be real? This wasteland goes on forever Every way I look Endless horizon Structures change form The end of gravity Time shattered the aeons Faces shift shape And nothing is real
6.
A plague of the mind Phantom glares The night is young Can’t escape this hell I can’t walk I can’t crawl I mean nothing I am nothing Unable to move Shadows with disfigured faces Limbs thrash A cadaverous shriek A blight on the soul Spirits swarm Apparition dissolves The visions are dead A life filled with regrets An awful burden for such a weak soul I can’t move It’s all just in our heads Even if this sorrow overwhelms I must move Slash at their flesh, rip off their limbs, crush all their bones This world is not real Burn off their skin, slice through their skulls, harvest their souls This world is not real
7.
Relenting Resenting You are my world I can’t begin to understand your self-destruction This must not go any further, but I’m not in control With black cloud above me, here I stand Knee deep in the quickened sand Relenting Resenting You are my world
8.
11:11
She said to start the revolution Spread the word across the seas Scream our rebel yell in protest Bring this evil to its knees We are the chosen ones At least that is what we’re told She promised change, a new beginning To cast aside the ways of old You go, I don’t Detractors say the cause is futile We’ll never stop their evil ways But we must tip the scales of justice In equilibrium it stays I remain ignorant To this devastating truth Everything hangs in the balance And we have everything to lose You go, I don’t

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"Changed, and yet unchanging, it’s precisely this paradox which is at the centre of In Pieces, a compelling enigma which necessitates multiple spins to truly appreciate and comprehend.
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It’s an album of the year contender, make no mistake about it." - Andy Synn, NO CLEAN SINGING

"The album has the right amount of ferocity and clarity, balanced and heavy and is intense at all levels of listening.... Great album." - 9/10, Folk-Metal.nl

"Occasionally hard-hitting and always leaving an emotional impact, In Pieces is easily Oak Pantheon’s strongest effort to date. There’s so much that the band gets right here, particularly in their writing of the multiple 10-minute plus tracks, that so many other bands in this style completely botch. Those seeking an album with triumphant riffs and resonating melodies will find much to celebrate." -9/10, Dead Rhetoric

"In Pieces is an outstanding album that is both a bold statement and at the same time a promise of what this duo might still be capable of in the future." -9/10, The Metal Observer

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released May 16, 2016

Tanner Swenson: Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Drum programming
Sami Sati: Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Sean Golyer: Mixing/Production
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Mastered by: Adam Tucker of SignatureTone Recording (www.signaturetonerecording.com)
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Guest Musicians

Reuben Verdoljak: Cello on "Dawn as a New Day", "Climb", "Enormity", and "Burden of Growth"

James Benson (Amiensus, Fail to Decay): Clean vocals on "Float" and group vocals on "Pavor Nocturnus"

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Powerful melodic movement combined with vivid lyrical imagery create what the band hope is an unforgettable, atmospheric means of escape.

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