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This Is A Sickness And Sickness Will End

by Crusades

The course that lay before us Forked and weeping venom Looming crescent quite insistent Both be explored While differing in distance Kindred finish within them Unspoken vows on broken boughs Petitions ignored ‘Don't say words you're Going to regret Don't let the fire Rush to your head’ Chasms left in their wake Contrasting in nature Sands of time shall soon restore them Rest assured Paths traveled in hindsight Similar in feature Clarion collective vision Forever blurred ‘Golden locks Time to silver turned Time too swift Swiftness never ceasing Youth against time and age Forever spurned But spurned in vain Waning by increasing’
Gravely profound Her woe is foreign Marrow corrupt Poisoned by mourning His gestures cold Eyes stone and stoic His glower parched Feigning heroic ‘A memory in motion Only passing through All you'll ever know All you'll ever do’ Horizons bleak A lightless vision Detach, defeat A clash collision Her comforts gone She risks exposure He ambles on Callous composure ‘The voice that spoke of other days Is hushed within his breast But mine its lonely music haunts And will not let me rest It sings a low and mournful song Of gladness that is gone I cannot live without that light Father of waves roll on’
The vex within these vows The hex upon this house These withered, unsure hands Could be my own Paper, splitting skin Clinging to frail bone Rings that sprung eternal Now home ‘The scorching fevers Which distract the sense And snatch us raving Unprepared, from hence At thy contagious darts That wound the heads Of weeping friends Who wait at dying beds’
Huddled like urchins Moaning and mourning The future We'd always envisioned Floating unhindered Others' seams Seemingly splitting At convenient distance ‘All the clocks in the city Began to whirr and chime O let not time deceive you You cannot conquer time' 'It was late Late in the evening The lovers they were gone The clocks Had ceased their chiming The deep river ran on' Until the ceaseless hands Expose our vulnerability Tales of woe And abstract sympathy
Plunge into imbalance Ice beneath in floes Unstable existence Serving sentence Endless woes ‘Pale, beyond porch and portal Crowned with calm leaves she stands Who gathers all things mortal With cold, immortal hands’ Saviour came as sinner Horizontal events ‘Desperate plea For recognition And recompense’ How long will we carry on?
How did we sleep at all Without burning up? How did we dream at all Without burning up? ‘Then did I check The tears of useless passion Weaned my soul From yearning after thine Sternly denied Its burning wish to hasten Down to that tomb Already more than mine’ ‘And even yet I dare not let it languish Dare not indulge In memory’s pain Once drinking deep Of that divinest anguish How could I seek The empty world again?’
The salt and soil have settled The hymns escaped the air The view of home obstructed And returns in turn now rare A shadow of itself And he about the same Eyes that shone so brilliant Now perplexed and without aim ‘So close the ground About her shade Black curtains draw My bride is laid’ How is your faith now, Father? Do you still trust she'll be there? How she appeared within our dreams Through that harrowing year? I want to believe You’re better than this I need to believe you’re better I know you need To forget that time I know you need to forget her The course that lay before us Differing in distance


released March 7, 2017

Recorded in Spring 2016 by Mike Bond
at Wolf Lake Studios (Lac-Des-Loups, QC)
with assistance from J-P Ramses Van Sadek

Additional Recording by Jordan Bell
at Atomic Audio (Ottawa, ON)

Mixed by Matt Bayles
at Red Room Recording (Seattle, WA)

Mastered by Martin Bowitz
at Strype Audio (Oslo, Norway)

Production Assistance from Martin Bowitz & Jørgen Larsen
at Malabar Studio (Oslo, Norway)

Artwork by Niclas Mortenson

Crusades is

Jordan Bell - Drums & Vocals
Skottie Lobotomy - Bass & Vocals
Emmanuel Sayer - Guitar & Vocals
Dave Williams - Guitar & Vocals + Additional Instrumentation


released March 7, 2017


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