Dangerous Beauty

by Pandemonaeon

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    From the realms of myth, dream, and dark fantasy.

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A lush and sensual blend of rock and metal with the delicacy of folk instruments from around the world. Most often compared to Dead can Dance mixed with hard rock.

Music from this album was used in the 2008 bellydance instructional video "Dark Imaginations" by Anaar & the 2009 feature film "The Commune" by Elisabeth Fies.

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released 25 September 2010

(P) & (C) 2010 Trance Jam Records
(C) 2010 Binassyr Publishing

All songs written by Sharon Knight & Winter. Lyrics on track 5 by Aleister Crowley. Lyrics on track 10 by Victor Anderson. Track 9 written by Winter.

THE BAND:
Sharon Knight: lead & harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, mandola, percussion, keyboard
Winter: acoustic & electric guitars, percussion, harmony vocals,
Tim Rayborn: harmony vocals, oud, saz, suling, dumbek, riqq
Gari Hegedus: violin, mandocello, tarhu
Caith Threefires: bass
Tina "Bean" Blaine: dumbek, djembe, percussion
Mark Abbott: drums

Jeff Obee played bass on tracks 2, 3, 8, & 11.
T. Thorn Coyle sang harmonies & played bodhran on track 3.
Paul Nordin growled on tracks 1, 5, & 7.
Joseph Max played theremin on track 7.
Stephen Schultz played baroque flute on tracks 4 & 10.
Winter played bass on tracks 9, 10, & 12.

For bookings, lyrics, mailing list info, & other offerings, go to www.pandemonaeon.net

Recorded, mixed, & mastered by Winter at El Mundo Bueno Studios.
Produced by Winter & Sharon Knight, except track 9, produced by Winter.

Album design by Sharon Knight. Photo by Geoffrey Smith II.

Sharon & Winter would like to thank their awesome band for their inspiration & friendship, Paul Nordin for his unfailing support, & their fans for making it all worthwhile.
Extra special thanks to Leff Lefferts for monster drum sound support!

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Pandemonaeon is an American independent progressive folk metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area founded in 1996 by the Celtic singer Sharon Knight & her long-time musical collaborator, Winter. They incorporate such folk instruments as violin, oud, saz, mandocello, & flute, as well as many ethnic hand percussion instruments like dumbek, djembe, tar, & riqq. ... more

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Track Name: Eater of Sorrow
The Eater of Sorrow
(Knight/Winter)

Out of a thickening mist
Hell-bent and demon-kissed
She rides
To sweep our sorrows out beyond the tides
To sweep our sorrows out beyond the tides

Scourge of the sea
She comes for me
Soul of the slain
Call out my name

Aya
She comes to claim the burdens from our lives
Aya
When the moon is pale and heavy in the sky

She comes with haggard face
Knotted hair streaming
Behind
Devouring the torment of our minds

She wakes the bloodless fright
Stirring the terrors of the night
Spirits them away in frenzied flight

Scourge of the sea
Salt kissed and free
Soul of the slain
Call out my name

Aya
She comes to claim the burdens from our lives
Aya
When the moon is pale and heavy in the sky

Aya
She feeds upon the ache of hungry souls
Aya
She brings the ghosts that feed on rotten dreams

Who will tame her
Who will claim her
Who will be the lover of the eater of sorrow
Track Name: Lover's Pardon
Lover’s Pardon
(Knight/Winter)

The priests have been anointed
The rooms appointed
Copal smolders on the coals

When I make the sign of entry
The halls are empty
Candles gutter in dark pools

Night’s veil of darkness comes upon me

She promised musky wine and
She left the light on,
And she beckoned me in

Sweet taste of everlasting,
Mad poets dancing,
Drunk on ecstasy and pain

But now her halls are empty and she does not call my name

Ah ah ah ah eeai
The crows are feasting in the garden
Ah ah ah ah eeai
Will she grant me a lover’s pardon

Capricious Muse
Whose tides no man can know
Your ever-changing fancy is for you alone
I hear your voice like a thousand praises sung
I hear your songs echo in the chambers below

To some you grant the music
To some a hunger
That cannot be satisfied

Drunk on the blood of heroes
Let none come near you
Lest they drink up your lies

I cast my wine in anger

Ah ah ah ah ah ah eeai
The crows are feasting in the garden
Ah ah ah ah eeai
Will she grant me a lover’s pardon

INST based on A part

The Bacchae tear their flesh and my pen is wet with ink
Indigo and fresh, the wine that poets drink
Your songs will wake the Mighty
Echoed from the chamber
Who can tame her?
Oh who can tame her?
Track Name: Fierce Black Soul of Night
Fierce Black Soul of Night
(Knight/Winter)

You prick me with your poison vine
And wake my dark and dreaming mind
Deep in dream the coiled serpent sleeps
Her golden eye keeps watch upon my dreams

Oh I burn with stolen fire
Burst to flame in all my heart’s desire

The poppy’s kiss is on my tongue
The veil is lifted, all the songs are sung
The sandman casts his heady flask aside
And I awake into the velvet night

Muse of midnight, rise within
Rip the soul right from my skin
I take refuge in the fierce black soul of night

The nightmare rides on tainted wings
Her eyes speak of forgotten things
Her hair streams out in coils of maddening
Her dreaming mind not stained by sad things

I hear the chains clank in the hollow maze
Naked I endure your gaze
I raise my glass and fall away
Into the river of unconquered souls

Oh I burn with stolen fire
Burst to flame in all my heart’s desire

Muse of midnight, rise within
Rip the soul right from my skin
I take refuge in the fierce black soul of night

Let the wine be strong, let my words be bold
Let the truth be told, the poppies burn bright gold :
Track Name: Hunter
Hunter
(Knight/Winter)

Hunter, hunter, you can take me down
Hunter, oh Hunter, for this is no longer my ground
The rose has lost her sweetness
And lies dead upon the ground

Hunter o hunter,
I will lay my sweet life down
For the queen grows frail in winter
And she cannot fill her gown

Hunter, oh Hunter,
You can lay me down
I can feel your lust upon you
And your hunger wears you down

Hunter, oh Hunter
Won’t you lay your weapons down
For the fields are ripe and golden
And the King shall wear his crown
Track Name: Heart Girt With A Serpent
Heart Girt With A Serpent
(Crowley/Knight/Winter)

I am the Heart; and the Snake is entwined
About the invisible core of the mind.
Rise, O my snake! It is now is the hour
Of the hooded and holy ineffable flower.

Rise, O my snake, into brilliance of bloom
On the corpse of Osiris afloat in the tomb!
O heart of my mother, my sister, mine own,
Thou art given to Nile, to the terror Typhon!

Ah me! but the glory of ravening storm
Enswathes thee and wraps thee in frenzy of form.
Be still, O my soul! that the spell may dissolve
As the wands are upraised, and the aeons revolve.

Behold! in my beauty how joyous Thou art,
O Snake that caresses the crown of mine heart!
Behold! we are one, and the tempest of years
Goes down to the dusk, and the Beetle appears.

O Beetle! the drone of Thy dolorous note
Be ever the trance of this tremulous throat!
I await the awaking! The summons on high
From the Lord Adonai, from the Lord Adonai!
Track Name: Dangerous Beauty
Dangerous Beauty
(Knight/Winter)

What madness drives me to your dangerous beauty
When only my undoing pleases you
Defiantly I scorn my heart’s betrayal
But she’s a bold deceiver though and through

Your hair black as a raven
Feasting on the glory of the kill
Your eyes hold me like an anchor
Glinting like a steely sword of blue

Your boots are shining like a mirror
Reflecting the tarnish on your soul
Your love, the twisting of a dagger
That carves away the things you can’t control

What madness drives me to your dangerous beauty
When only my undoing pleases you
Defiantly I scorn my heart’s betrayal
But she’s a bold deceiver though and through

You tell me your conjuring my ruin
Even though I’ve had enough of you
Cool and commanding you survey me
You know I’ll give my soul before we’re through

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What madness drives me to your dangerous beauty
When only my undoing pleases you
Defiantly I scorn my heart’s betrayal
But she’s a bold deceiver though and through
Track Name: The Tower
The Tower
(Knight/Winter)

At the edge of dream
The winged serpent’s silent scream
Spins a fortress out of blackest night

Bathed in misty moon glow
Scent of mystery I long to know
Relinquish my convictions I enter

Her windows alight with the soul of the world

Fountains of music pour into the dark skies of death
Devourer of darkness lets out her long breath
The serpent of knowledge unleashes its forbidden power
Drink and be filled by the ghostly light of the tower

A fire in the hearth
Fueled by the breath of maidens
Up to the highest tower I climbed

A great book bound in bone
With pages as old as stone
Every word a labyrinth untangling

My soul in flames at the edge of the world

Fountains of music pour into the dark skies of death
Devourer of darkness lets out her long breath
The serpent of knowledge unleashes its forbidden power
Drink and be filled by the ghostly light of the tower

Elixir of immortals
Sulfur on the tongues of angels
The feasting of forever has begun

My soul in flames at the edge of the world

Fountains of music pour into the dark skies of death
Devourer of darkness lets out her long breath
The serpent of knowledge unleashes its forbidden power
Drink and be filled by the ghostly light of the tower
Track Name: Queen of Shadows
Queen of Shadows
(Knight/Winter)

Deep are the pools beyond the reach of time
Stark branches etch their sigils in the sky
Quiet is the snow that embraces the land
Brittle are the roses that crumble in your hand

Patent Leather heels of the mistress who presides
Oh, the violent ecstasy that’s promised in her eyes
All your dark desires will flourish at her touch
And if she speaks your name you have promised her too much

Your soul stripped like petals from a rose

Gardens of desire and pomegranate wine
Silently she watches the passing of your time
And when the serpent sheds her skin and frees you from this life
The ferry man will carry you across the sea of lights

Hers are the kisses that give knowledge and delight
Hers the poison apple from which we all shall bite
The thorns of the rose cut deep, blood lies on the snow
An when the bells are tolling you’ll know it’s time to go

Bansidhe at the well gonna call your name
She is the chooser of the slain

Night has swallowed up the day
Track Name: The Goat Is On The Pole
(Winter)
Track Name: Song of Mari
Song of Mari
(Anderson/Knight/Winter)

She comes at the first scent of morning
As sweet as the breath of the sea
Till the cock of the sun cries his warning
She will walk in the garden with me

Her kisses so wild yet so tender
Shall make of my body a flame
No cloud shall obscure her bright splendor
No veil and no garment of shame

Though mortals deny and deride me
Till love must rise up and depart
In a dread secret place she will hide me
Sealed up with the blood of my heart

For she is our Lady of twilight
Our comfort in life’s darkest hour
I see in the heavens of midnight
Her shield of omnipotent power

She comes at the first hint of morning
Her feet on the crests of the sea
Till the cock of the sun cries his warning
She will lie in the garden with me
Track Name: Chalice & Blades
(Knight/Winter)
Track Name: Arrak
Instrumental
(Knight/Winter)
Track Name: Well of Lost Voices
Well of Lost Voices
(Words/Music by Knight/Winter)

With hollow eyes they wait and watch
Hungry for the light of life
They come to drink you in at night
And chill you in their morbid frost

Luminous and bright
They feed and fortify their might
They drift into the night
Leaving you with only longing, only longing

Vague and colorless
A hunger you can never fill
You wander in this silent place
Amidst the lonely keening of lost voices