Dangerous Beauty

by Pandemonaeon

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    Dark Tribal Fusion with powerful vocals and metal accents.
    From the realms of myth, dream, and dark fantasy.
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1.
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
2.
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?
3.
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 :
4.
04:46
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
5.
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!
6.
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 <inst> 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
7.
06:02
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
8.
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
9.
(Winter)
10.
04:08
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
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(Knight/Winter)
12.
04:23
Instrumental (Knight/Winter)
13.
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

about

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 September 25, 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 Oakland, California

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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