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A Grey Chill And A Whisper

by Beltez

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Silence Absent are any signs of life A nameless city under a cloud-laden sky Dwelling aimless in vain existence Half-awake, half-alive, half deceased Slumber in dark sinister dreams No expectations for a sun to shine (An) Image of the sun just a fading memory Only a dim remembrance Of how things once had been Slumber in dark sinister dreams An unchanging hollow existence Above the dreaming dead-like place An ancient fortress towered in the sky Erected in colors of grey and black From bricks of marble and iron Frozen in sheer terror The fear plainly in their eyes Like walking on a fog No sound to be heard The city had fallen in silence Like walking on a fog The figures hover through streets No movement to be noticed No sound to be heard Being human only in shape, but with no faces to be seen Black against a grey sunless sky The city had fallen in utter silence Under an everlasting sunless sky With clouds of grey No name to call this place The procession begins, the bell is sounding Something unworldly, an echoing noise More to be felt then something to be heard Like a mist of sound oozing down After the sound fades they emerged (The) Procession (walks) slowly Down into the alley From the gate they came A line of hooded figures Clad in grey, black and white Slumber in dark sinister dreams An unchanging hollow existence Above the dreaming dead-like place An ancient fortress towered in the sky Erected in colors of grey and black From bricks of marble and iron
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Dwelling under a sunless sky Abandoned but not alone Two souls bound by friendship By love for thought and wisdom Surrounded by ordinary people Whom never question their lives Living their hollow existence Daily routine without sense Through the grey veil of reality A cut runs through this morning Awoken in half light With a shadow on the heart No reason to rise As daily routine never changes But then the fortress bell rang With the sound comes shock and terror Clad in rags of grey and black The unholy procession moves Like black tar They flow through the streets
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No acceptance No understanding I can´t comprehend this fate I am in constant disbelieve I want to choose my fate on my own As I refuse any predetermination I can not be the only one The only one with a glimpse of hope So the decision has been made We will run from this mad asylum Unable to believe, unwilling to obey My breath leaves me I feel life is fading away from me My mind is clouded with dark thoughts Endless pain without been wounded As if my soul is ripped from me A taste of complete extinction I feel oblivion is forcing me under its spell To make our escape From this place of doom Somewhere there must be a different life A place of freedom and free will The glooming loss of identity A destiny as black as night With it will come the lost of the soulmate And then I be alone in this dark place It seems like an easy way out, accepting the banner and surrender Invigorated by the thought of sudden death But we will not make this unholy decision Beyond the river there is the unknown Flowing water that will take us away It cannot be impossible to cross Nothing else is on my mind
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He is a prey to the shadows She is an unwedded widow The dreadful banner, it towers over them.
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Born and raised (In this) place of sickness A barren existence in eternal twilight I have faced the horror of reality Seeking a new beginning Shatter the old rusted chains Unknown thoughts awaken deep in me Where is the well that brought this new thoughts? This reflection became my new found power Thoughts lingering in darkness and rage Burning like a flaming sword He understands now. This is an inhuman fate With its sinister sharp soundless voice The fortress, looming high, is calling him to its gates (By) soundless noises Is this his unconditional surrender As he slowly walks in confusion Realizing hate and love are closely together He became emotionally broken and without hope Following them on the undiscovered trail Leave the old path and leave the day Become one of the shadows, whom hold the sign An hooded existence in eternal night Grab the banner with pride and despair Following them on the undiscovered trail The time is here Sanity breaks and vanishes With soul-breaking pain Every sound of the bell births endless fear The echos rupture the spirit All the noises suddenly die And with them the sanity of the one that will fall So It begins, with a grey chill and a whisper A metamorphosis into horror upon horrors To join the ranks of the hooded ghosts To follow the dark fate There is no gate, no earthly entrance Absent is all life, a dead wasteland There only is an bizarre glow Like an ominous invocation Above the grey mass of shades The black banners tremble Follows miraculous behavior Eternal caress of darkness and shadow
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Dreadful fortress hovering high Final destination After a fateful decision Walking the road of the dead Fire of thoughts Disguised in human shape A mystical discovery Part of an interwoven mind A greater purpose under the sign Of the banner so black Rise of horror testimony Of the timeless bestial shrine Echos of unhallowed thoughts and lies Never had any living soul returned From the towering fortress Build by an inhuman force Finally the black gate Massive and unreal As if forged by the hands of giants Not of this earth The weight of stones and iron Pressed hard against his chest From his heart emerged A small flame of red light The black gate opens up Then grey mists began to cloud his mind Any doubt in his decision Is lost in oblivion Pitch-black darkness engulfs him While frozen in fear He follows the path Into nothingness A hooded ghost speaks without words Fire of thoughts Disguised in human shape A mystical discovery Part of an interwoven mind A greater purpose under the sign Of the banner so black Rise of horror testimony Of the timeless bestial shrine "You are damned By your own will You have chosen this path for yourself" The friend in sight Transformed and lost No release from the shadows No escape from fate Finally acceptance for their fate He speaks "I may be damned but at least i´ve found you"
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After the walls came down The sun returned Two lives were lost We remember their names Times passed, Memories faded Knowledge was lost We remember their tasks Later on A legend was formed Details lost in darkness We remember to remember We remember to remember
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After the walls came down The sun returned Two lives were lost We remember their names Times passed, Memories faded Knowledge was lost We remember their tasks Later on A legend was formed Details lost in darkness We remember to remember We remember to remember

about

A Grey Chill And A Whisper is an expanded vision of contemporary black metal by the German band Beltez. The album is based on an original short story, Black Banners, written exclusively for the band by German writer Ulrike Serowy (Skogtatt).

A Grey Chill And A Whisper is Beltez successor of the highly acclaimed record Exiled, Punished…Rejected and deals with despair, hopelessness, but also courage and strength. This wide emotional range is conveyed through haunting melodies, gripping shrieks and pounding drums into a dense, sinister and very moody piece of dark art music. The result is a monolithic entity that frightens as much as it allures.

A Grey Chill And A Whisper provides just enough room for the listener to briefly gasp for air amidst its overpowering walls of sound and is an unforgettable journey into a dark and desperate world, which is presented in the accompanying audio book, spoken by Dan Capp of Wintherfylleth (GB) and Corinne Henderson with an introduction by Evan Hunt of Metaltower (NZ) and is backed by original music from Beltez.

With A Grey Chill And A Whisper Beltez shows again what artistic freedom could mean in Black Metal, yet without denying the roots of the genre. This results in a melodic and yet brutal and sinister black metal album, reminiscent of elements of death metal as well as of post-metal.
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releases October 30, 2020

credits

released October 30, 2020

Marc - Vocals
Dominic - Guitars & Vocals
Jens - Guitars & Vocals
Christian - Bass
Sebastian - Drums

Produced by Beltez
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Mario Dahmen
at Liquid Aether Studios, 53937 Schleiden, Germany
www.liquidaether.de

Keyboards, Synthesizer & Programming by Jens
Additional Programming by Dominic
Main Keyboards on Track 1 by Alex Newton of Dzö-nga

Music of Track 2, 3, 4 & 7 by Dominic
Music of Track 1, 6 & 9 by Jens
Music of Track 5 & 8 by Dominic & Jens
All Music arranged by Beltez

Lyrics by Marc & Jens, based on the Short Story
“Black Banners” by Ulrike Serowy www.ulrikeserowy.de

“Black Banners” Audiobook
Written by Ulrike Serowy
Narration - Dan Capp of Winterfylleth
Female Voices - Corinne Henderson
Introduction - Evan Hunt of MetalTower
Keyboards & Programming by Jens

Front- and Backcover by Benjamin Harff
www.facebook.com/KodexBarbaricus

Booklet Illustrations by Jana Kourgierakis

Layout by Tryfar

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