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A Somber Preclusion of Being

by Vacant Eyes

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Script-etched leaves Weak, slowly losing grip, Speak to me With a chilling wind Their pigment, a dull grayscale, Projected into my ailing mind A meek moment of time Indulged by a forgotten growth Of which eternity has claimed Silence gently scraping at my body I can recognize Where the grid of time Meets my broken world But I choose to stay Slowly turning my head Towards the dead horizon I witness time itself, Face to face As it breaks away from my world TIME!
2.
In a timeless vault A mind no more What was considered night, Torn away from my fingertips Creation will not arrive here Its cold, unholy embrace will remain Where peasants and parasites Breathe in their cool air and rotten vitality As lives come and pass Impossibility Grows nearer Until I finally Reach My end Staring into the face of death Eyes wielding Years of memories Gone In an instant Leaving the living to mourn forever
3.
Moments of beauty Moments of refinement Moments of nothingness Alone, Abandoned, At peace No sign of life, no sign of death There is nothing A black horizon, Lined with a desolate foreground Existing only to comfort Lead here By oblivescence Leaving the pain behind Colorless flowers gleam Against my peripherals Sirens of infinity In desolation, in darkness In solitude Here I sit My mind slowing My world diluted Guilty but content A delusion, Willingly accepted No thoughts No warm memories
4.
This deafening silence Sickens me A deep abrasion In my eyes Voices are unimportant and Seemingly nonexistent Wretched apparitions Cloud all that is real Attempted to be accessed But shut down by ghastly memories A failure, embraced by Delusional uncertainties Is a man living If he only dreams?
5.
A figureless shape Unearthly and emotionally Expressionless With its order of time and space It moves quietly through my mind A taunting apparition That erases all That is worldly To screaming black frequencies It engulfs my world Lost in an echoing hell The veil impenetrable Luna's promising caress is fading The solar leadership of a new day Has been lost to Darkness
6.
In the shape of a tear My fractured mind Lies beside me, Refusing to breathe A trajectory unseen A wreath, inside of which My darkest dreams Flourish But the dream pool is empty The fake feelings endured, Written in non-volatile script, During a process of healing, Show no sign of convalescence The great hand of forlornness Reaching out, I am greeted By a chilling wretch Its eyes, like the night sky, Boundless, empty A dimensionless grasp, embraced by lucidity Its cold hands embrace my will, I am led to a place I've seen before, In memory Its forgotten skies are starless Plush trees reflect fading light Many have perished here Their bodies remain, frozen, suspended in time and thought I will share the same fate, As I walk to the edge And look into the Eyes of oblivion

about

"A collection of thoughts and perspective for those who share the dream of an alternate ending to existence." – A Somber Preclusion of Being, as envisioned by Josh Moran, Vacant Eyes' lyricist and main songwriter.

With their 2020 debut studio full length album, Vacant Eyes aims to be a catalyst to explore our most sorrowful moments and contemplate our deepest and most personal questions. Expanding upon the melodic funeral death/doom metal sound of 2014’s The Dim Light of Introversion EP, the band moves ever forward, arriving at a sound that is more progressive, creating even more dynamic and varied arrangements, though not losing sight of its roots.

The new release was mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Dark Tranquillity, et al.) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebro, Sweden, after being recorded and mixed by sound engineer Brian Westbrook at Sonic Titan Studios in the band’s home state of Massachusetts, USA.

The new Vacant Eyes album finds the extreme metal outfit dedicating themselves to boundlessly crafting their own brand of heavy music, cloaked in themes of non-existence, despair, loss, and seeking truths often left unspoken. "I find a certain beauty in depression and darkness. It’s as real as it gets, and I have the utmost respect for it," Moran explained.

Their aim is always to evolve, always to be free in their songwriting, to look into the ether, and to capture the essence of anguish.

credits

released September 4, 2020

Josh Moran (Vocals, Guitars, Cello)
Alex Smith (Guitars)
Grim Riley (Bass)
Chris Kudukey (Drums)
Mark Richardson (Keyboards)

All tracks composed and performed by Vacant Eyes.
Lyrics by Josh Moran.
Guest vocals on “Into an Empty Dream” by Jessica Rose.
Recorded and mixed by Brian Westbrook at Sonic Titan Studios.
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.

Logo by Gragoth.
Front cover artwork by Kishor Haulenbeek.
Back cover image by Chris Kudukey.
Band photograph by Suz Manning and Darcy Stall.
Layout by Alex Smith.

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Vacant Eyes Easthampton, Massachusetts

Longing to discover what lies beyond, through the pain, misery, and beauty that are universal to human existence. A catalyst to explore our most sorrowful moments and contemplate our deepest and most personal questions.

Josh Moran (Guitar, Vocals, Cello)
Alex Smith (Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Mike Bessette (Guitar)
Eric Gemborys (Bass)
Chris Kudukey (Drums)
Mark Richardson (Keyboards)
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