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The Eye of Destiny

by The Lord & Marthe

Eye of destiny: Ice Cold Blaze, Glow So Cold, Sing Your Song… Death’s So Cold, Hair Is Blowing In The Wind, Ride The Wings of Night… …and don’t Shake with fears Born In the moon at the twilight, Of the sky in battle ride, Our souls reigned, Eyes of our only light, Creature with the red eyes… Endless night! On your command infernal The wind cried out. Don’t fear the flame, Smile at the fire high! Eternal, You walk the hall, Of glory in the sky! Child of the underworld Held your candle, Hear your masters call! Closed my eyes, Gathered Force. Northern Breeze, Let the ravens fly! Your eyes, the only light… …with the eye of destiny we ride!
As the wind returns to the sea, As the clouds return to the sky, As the stars return to the dark, May your breath return to death. As the fire returns to to ashes, As the ice returns to water, As the moon returns to the sun, May your breath return to death. At the light of the shortest candle I will lull your deepest sleep. A gentle breeze delight your sleep, I know you, young viper at my door. I let you in, gave you my bed, I'll knot a poison ribbon at your throath, Palms up towards the sky. I looked for you, I whistled for your evil soul. Called back, called back by your evil scream. And here you are. Beyond this dark horizon I'm the demon that loves you, White snakes, black snakes, Pestilence in the day you're born. Might my hate be your brother. Might my pain be your sister. I'll walk you down where the sun is just a hole, A marble as a bed… Beyond this dark horizon I'll be the mountain chains Over the chest to bury your soul, In the necrosy banquet where your spirit Forever will stay.




"Collaborating with The Lord was an exciting challenge, and something new, and stimulating to me. I don't usually deal with such soundscapes and when Greg asked me to add vocals and drums to "The Eye of Destiny", I accepted. The track was intended by Greg to be a tribute to Quorthon (Bathory), an artist who has been a huge influence on my moods. I had started to add in battle-drum beats, but soon faced the hard task of using words to describe what (to me) is the most talented artist of all time. How to contribute in words what I can't even process in emotions?

There's the person behind it, and along with the talent there's the reality of the loss, since he's not here anymore to witness the legacy of his sound. What's left of his feelings on his blog, his emotions, his development as an artist and as a person and that spark in his eyes. The eyes are the mirror of the soul, we say. And I was reading some notes he left on a letter and it went something like "may the eye of destiny be wild with you and show you the right way through life". "The Eye of destiny" was an evocative image to me, to picture in my mind the aura of his memory, as a human being and a musical genius. As words are dominant in a tribute, it was impossible, in the most humble way, to find words for him. So, I took his own words: checked all the lyrics and made a caviardage of words that in the end composed a tribute in what I considered the most honourable way possible. I love the final result, it's my small tribute to a musical giant.

For the second song, "Wisps of the Black Serpent", I wanted to incorporate more synths, since lately I've been getting into soundtracks and especially horror music composition (following from my love of horror movies, especially Gothic Italian classics). The vocals here are an improvisation. I wanted to let out some negative energies, so I imagined a shamanic exorcism to get rid of the weight I was feeling that night. I love when songs sound more like a lament than actual songs, because I can remember the exact moment something unplanned came out, which fuels the next one and the next and so on. It's similar to freestyle hip hop, it gets you excited while doing it!"


released December 1, 2023

Stringed Instruments &Atmosphere: Greg Anderson/†The Lord†
Vocals/Synth/Atmosphere/Percussion: Marthe
Brass: Stebmo

Recorded 2022 at Sea Grass Studios, Valley Village,CA
Vocals and synth recorded by Marthe at Studio Hammer (Italy)
Engineer: Brad Wood
Produced by Greg Anderson & Brad Wood
Mixed & Mastered by Brad Wood
Artwork: Mariya Popik
Design: Laura Pleasants


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