Ghosts of Our Fathers

by Anagnorisis

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released July 11, 2012

Ghosts of Our Fathers was forged during the three-year summer of May 2009 to May 2012.

The two-song tribute was recorded at One by One Studios and Downtown Recording during 2011, and mixed, mastered, and spellbound by Ken Sorceron during the second quarter of 2012.

The invocations were wholly conceived by Zak Denham, Zachary Kerr, Samuel Hartman, and Chris Smith.

Ritual Participants:
Zak Denham - Lead and rhythm guitars
Zachary Kerr - Bass guitar and vocals
Samuel Hartman - Keyboards
Chris Smith - Drums
Julian Kersey - Vocals

The text of "Clan of Kerr" was inscribed by Zachary Kerr.
The text of "Only Suffering is Free" was inscribed by Samuel Hartman.

The entirety of this release is dedicated to the memory of James E. Kerr and Robert C. Dayle.

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Anagnorisis Louisville, Kentucky

Based on a Greek phrase for “discovery,” ANAGNORISIS was founded in 2003 in Louisville, KY. The band has since then released three full-length records and two EPs.

The group’s intense live show and impious beliefs have created an aggressive yet intelligent ethos for Anagnorisis, positioning them at the forefront of American black metal.
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Track Name: Clan of Kerr
You hang lifelessly atop this murky lake.
Slowly being washed over by January water.
Drowning the dead as our past regressions are laid to rest.
Everything you were: reduced to ash,
taking space in this velvet pouch,
ceremoniously released, to help this selfish mortal toil.

Forced to continue moving, as the currents take you
and the fish consume you.
Forced to become something you have no control over.
Reworked into human condition.

No reward for your servitude, unjust rebirth.
Selfish as mortal creation.
Plagued by man's conditioning to honor their dead.
You keep moving, not who you were, but what you are now.

Time falls apart, around you.
Loose sands in a liquid hourglass.

Ash becoming mud.

Your memory a murky sediment, in distant river beds.
Aging again, as if you haven't endured enough.

Becoming lye and holding on as your existence gets washed over.
You were never pure enough to cleanse this loss.
Irony becoming an acceptable consequence of birth.
It was always in your nature, dormant in our name.
Wallower, swamp dweller. Clan of Kerr.
Track Name: Only Suffering is Free
There is no existence outside yours
What lies as attainable comes at a cost
To make yourself bleed comes easy
The intrinsic value of self-mutilation

Acquisition of all things appear unbounded
But the true price is internal: suffering

I sustain a new process, download and correct
Escaping the cycle of thought, restore this lost confidence
Building a new way
Redefine freedom

Creating the life we want,
without the promise of "forever"
Trust was a mere illusion
Who do we blame for this betrayal?

Spiraling down into the abyss
Revealed is the only way out
Grasping at rocky ravines,
introspection through admission of doubt

How can every thought be tampered,
when the catalyst is our own emotion?
Lay down your words and action
Accept this: only suffering is free

Giving freely, we've come undone
The restoration of spirit comes at a price,
that which cannot be taken for granted
A new exchange of compensation
The baseline of self-worth and hope

Thunder rings out as the last word is spoken
A Doppler effect of half-truths and chaos
Find the facts, the theories, the price of existence
Accept your suffering and its place in reality
The relativity of all things will forever sustain