Strange Rites

by Abysme

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Like vines in shadows, with many eyes, foreboding. Spines of the meek tense in your presence. What words do your limbs scribble in the dust as you crawl back to your dark corner? What is it you mimic? An unearthly being? Are you a monster
An accursed painting of purgatory, A grey landscape, Death’s tableau. But the blind can see What most cannot In canvas and oil, An unnatural plague. Enter the wasteland To the world beyond Of dreams and terror Beyond the seventh door Drawn within the dark portal, All is lost beyond the seventh door.
Formless, nebulous, Scratch at the walls as they fade away. No spirit chains, no psychic embrace. None for the worms looting the graves. No seconds left to curse your faith. Vacuum of darkness. Ushered into what there is not. No flattened skies just endless grey. Blackened chimes continue unheard. Mutated mind ceased on that day. Formless, nebulous.
Hear the sound of death, smell the unknown stench. Welling in your throat, a vomit or a breath? Isolation, chaos. Kinging in your mind. Winds of nothing blow rotted sands of time. Annihilated memory, all language failing. Speak the words, lost on desecrated tongues. Open sores secrete life. Rivers drain into the void. Reflections of a sullen mist. What you are shall be this.
Strange rites of a violent iron age sent them to their final resting place. Bodies buried in the bog. Buried in the bog. Leathery skin, an eternal grimace, grisly rituals with no living witness.
We shall sleep through trumpet blasts blown by angel’s breath. Wait and watch. You know neither Day nor hour. But nothing comes. We shall sleep until swallowed by the earth until it’s swallowed by the sun.
Visions arrive with the night, specters burn in the dark. Chemicals tear at the heart. Inside, the brain cannot sleep. Changing the mind thus to reap terminal delirium.
And the third day never came… There is only ocean under the firmament, unattainable heaven above the dark deep. A disgusted god abandoned creation and no one exists to imagine him. Waterlogged and without purpose phantoms of the canceled roam the abyssal plain. Submerged in futility and heaven mocks above the dark deep.
Akinetic and mute, keep no vigil, kindle no hope. Resting in a room full of spiders flinging threads, spinning webs. Coagulated bloodstream bored and hoping for bad dreams. Fallen figure, tumbled colossus; parts sold for scrap.
Behind the curtain of trees, a Jungian shadow dances around the fire, in pantomime of animal ancestors. Hear the echo of throbbing drums in atrio-ventricular thumps. From animal to Adamah to apotheosis. And if you become a god, what direction should the heads on stakes face? As a warning or looking inward? Superego eyes plucked by birds.


Originally released in 2012 on CD by Hellthrasher Productions, Strange Rites is the first and only full length by the Pittsburgh-based death metal trio known as Abysme. Formed in 2006 and comprised of ex-members of Funerus and Crucial Unit, Abysme practiced their cryptic metal of death for three years before making a permanent mark on the world of man with their now extinct demo tape. Three years later they emerged from the catacombs once more with Strange Rites. Ten tracks of subterranean and eldritch death worship now available for the first time on vinyl only from Ancient Future Records.


released September 25, 2012

Brad Heiple - Guitar/Vocals
Mike Bolam - Bass
Timothy K. Williams - Drums

Recorded January 2011 at +/- Studios in Pittsburgh, PA by Sean Cho with assistance by Jason Jouver.

Mixed and Mastered March 2012 at Arcane Productions in Phoenix, AZ by Ryan Butler

Logo Artwork by Chris Moyen -

Cover artwork by Putrid Matt -


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