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Prokopton

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FlashMuc Aephanemer does everything right here, Prokopton is thrashing and wild, energetic and catchy - one of my favorite Melodic Death albums of all time! Favorite track: The Sovereign.
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spawnofchaos Powerful, unrelenting, melodic death metal. What is there not to love? Favorite track: Bloodline.
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Anthony Prokopton is undoubtedly my favorite album of 2019, a true victory for the melodeath genre. Building off their prior album, Memento Mori, Prokopton soars just a bit higher as the band adds more refinement to their already solid sound. The orchestrations became even bolder, there is noteworthy advancement in the drum compositions, and Marion features one of the more unique vocal deliveries I've heard on Prokopton. Her crisp pronunciation, speed, and unique cadence stand out. Highly recommended! Favorite track: If I Should Die.
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05:13
Rise up disciple from a far-off land Time to get under way Toward wisdom of yore, keep close at hand Those who teach you how to never go astray Brooding over for too long, behind Your bared clenched teeth For your misfortunes you blame the outside Inwardly starting to seethe Deem yourself worthy at last To improve rather than dwell on the past For what other master than you Do you wait for a change of view? Now is the fight! Just right here! It can be won using the relevant gear Pay attention anytime To all the waves of your mind Soon we'll feed the worms Thus the truth will be fully learned Daily deeds are truly owned All the rest merely borrowed A new daybreak, let's join them The festival begins again Endure all turmoil and noise Take your share of soothing joys Left alone with your thoughts As you close your tired eyes Escaping at least some faults Is good enough for the one who tries Now is the fight! Just right here! It can be won using the relevant gear Pay attention anytime To all the waves of your mind
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Always over hill and dale A wanderer walking in strides Restlessly hitting the trail On the dark or the sunny side Keeping on a steady pace Without leaving any trace Used to nature of progress A lot of well directed steps Haunting the fields and the woods Rather than the doors of men Attending to his own moods As a wilderness denizen With a feeling soon renewed Kind of withered over time A severed stem far from its roots Though blooming during his climb Creeping in, the cold Invades his inner stronghold The icy quiver running through his bones Reminds him suddenly that he was gone For way too long Too far, alone Wherever this one is traveling Welcomed, expected or despised By a fireside or a chilling wind Even-tempered, such is the wise Not a beggar, to stay when spurned He can't be drawn in any strife And never got his fingers burned By possessions, such is his life Good-natured like the stray cat A sense of gratitude for his beloved independence When done with society, he’s taking a step back Just goes off quietly somewhere by himself Surveyor of human soul Monarch of lands that lies fallow Honored of all he must not do against his will And rich with all that he can afford to drop out of his hands Most rewards are expensively sold For attendance, curtsies and praise Most properties are not worth this pile of gold Gauged in time, measured in precious days Growing, the annoyance Abrades his inner balance The many frictions disturbing his mind Weaken his detachment, strengthen his view To stay aloof From humankind Wherever this one is traveling Welcomed, expected or despised By a fireside or a chilling wind Even-tempered, such is the wise Not a beggar, to stay when spurned He can't be drawn in any strife And never got his fingers burned By possessions, such is his life Good-natured like the stray cat A sense of gratitude for his beloved independence When done with society, he’s taking a step back Just goes off quietly somewhere by himself
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Now there's nothing but this blade All my time left I'll dedicate To master the Way of the Sword I vow to live under its law I serve virtue, no other lord Not two, but only one way Since the day I have reborn I rely on the Art of War As a means to train the mind I must beware of too much pride And be aware of my weak sides A high goal is a two-edged sword Time to fight, no backing down For I will have no rest until my skill prevails Disembodied, a whistling sound The singing of my blade ravages the plain Back to a state of mindfulness Crows have a feast of ronin's flesh Through weary eyes clouded by blood I'm sobering up I feel split and out of tune My spirit unable to rule Did I outwardly succeed To suffer an inner defeat? Here I am, brittle and tense Still on guard against myself At the edge of a breaking down I need to find a subtle tone A keen balance to daily hone Between firmness and leeway to move Two swords combined Hostile and bare One smeared with blood and the other unstained Two streaks of light Flashing in the air Back and forth, like pine needles joined in a cruel carnage I feel split and out of tune My spirit unable to rule Did I outwardly succeed To suffer an inner defeat? Winding path to self-control Brushing up against my goal The True Way remains unrevealed How to connect intent and deeds
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04:24
The tempest blows a dazzling white The peak vanishes again Whirling blasts of snow benight The outcome of my ascent Grit your teeth, do not flinch At setbacks that slow you down Going forth, inch by inch To keep your feet on the ground A sudden noise of flapping wings First sign of the coming swarm Somber curses were residing In the eye of the storm Manic claws tear the sky Looming above my head Chthonic calls, bloodshot eyes Summoning me to them Desperate crawl through blizzard squalls Hounded by eerie shapes A hail of stings ruthlessly falls Onto my dire escape The storm birds rush cannot be shunned There is no way to cope It's too much hardships to overcome I fall and hurtle down the slope Grim lull while being drowned As I sink into the ground Numb and coated by hoar-frost I dread to think that all is lost The harpy's laugh Twisted inhuman face Utters cries of disgrace The fury's torch Melts the surrounding snow And clears the path to follow Swift ravenous fiends Foul everything that once mattered to me Plunder the drifting wreck of my mind I only want to forget and go blind Sisters born from the Night Jailers of the insane Rage is our only light Let’s put the rest to the flame
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05:50
Why leaving on this day A good reason to run away Starting a crusade on a fraud On behalf of a paltry cause Pretending to be the right one Eager to win the bet Confident to become Who we cannot be yet Drifting away from our home Tossed back and forth among the woes Shifting our way to escape Feeling alien to a chosen fate Answering riddles in the dark A dangerous lair to scout Diving deep for a tiny spark To find a path through our greatest doubts Waking on a stranger shore Exhausted by years of war Caught unprepared by the swirl Of the torments of the return Good fellows to leave behind Wrong beliefs to cast aside Thwarting headwinds and evil traps Left absolutely alone and finally back Nothing else than a sum Of appetite and distaste Kneaded with emotions But a freewill to embrace An ethics still to craft Slumbering or awake Ever-improving draft Or degenerated fake Homecoming at last Finally found a way No longer an outcast Changed and yet the same There and back again A narrowing swirl From the unknown to oneself An eternal return
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05:29
Spawn of Earth, heir to the bane What is worth such suffering and pain? Land is flayed under foolish dominion Untold slaves consigned to oblivion They're despised while plunged in despair Hubris claims each day a growing share Do you feel cut off from this world? When you weep for countless dying herds First do no harm Never be ashamed of having a kind heart Then rise to height Take a view from above where the prospect is bright From the sea of cosmic time and space All the boundaries wane and the differences fade A unit within an army One vessel among many Walls were built to justify the wrong But distinction is about to decline We're kin of all whose fate is to evolve The last offsprings of a single bloodline Can you feel this breeze of anarchy? While the madness spreads just as the blood runs The uprising of a new humanity Breaking old rules and binding new ones Sink back down Cleverness is a gift we're wearing like a crown Now play your part Remember adapting is the purpose of being smart Nothing seems to improve through our tiny lifespan But history is on move, the quickening began Behaviours go viral within the web of lives Some people strive towards better times Walls were built to justify the wrong But distinction is about to decline We're kin of all whose fate is to evolve The last offsprings of a single bloodline If the ruin do fall upon us all Still remains the choice of our deeds right in the here and now Walls were built to exploit overmuch But extinction is at the end of the line Our misdeeds might backfire on us For the living is deeply intertwined Can't you feel this need for empathy? While the madness threatens to take it all If we lay down our old burden of vanity We'll regain our place in the whole
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Delusion or Worth my lifetime How would I deem what I lived for If I should die? The toil must be done Days are passing by But tomorrow might be the last one And I shall die A habit is for us to deny Spinning a web of silver lies To hide the many agonies All around us, for every being We seem happier reduced by hunger Flattering ourselves to be starved Utterly craving for all that lies beyond our grasp On the path of darkness and desire A sweet scent of extinguished fire We're getting worse, eager to curse Not the curtain, but what's behind Intoxicated within the smell of humankind Today should be like every remaining day Definitely all that I ask for Whatever the moment when I’ll go away That does not change anything at all Happiness is complete in the here and now It will not increase with a longer time No other place but where I'm sitting down This one quiet throne that I recognize as mine A busy life and good relations Just like everybody else Meeting these people’s expectations Worrying about judgments But in my chest this acute pain This unusual taste in my mouth And all that counted now seems vain Suddenly overwhelmed by doubt I cannot be struck by these throes With all my feelings and my thoughts It would be too much awful woes That my efforts had been for naught On the chase of dreams and their demise A sense of nonsense in disguise This is not fair, we cannot bear Yet another kind of torment So disappointed, in absolute bewilderment Today should be like every remaining day Definitely all that I ask for Whatever the moment when I’ll go away That does not change anything at all Happiness is complete in the here and now It will not increase with a longer time No other place but where I'm sitting down This one quiet throne that I recognize as mine Maybe it is going to take me nowhere But I reckon not having to go anywhere I don’t keep any illusion to hold dear I just need to be ready to disappear Void comes from the self alone Fear from what we believe we own Stoics across time give an advice May death be daily before our eyes
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Beware a deal that is meant to be fair Among the crowd at the feast Where the prey is pleased to share The same bench as the savage beast Fed with the need to win the race While remaining at a proper place Until being struck by the late hour As we shudder at the taste turning sour We live as if time wasn't going by Polite guests, not even scared to die Forgetting to get back on the road To leave behind all the truths we believed to hold Settle for the chill of the forest stream To quench your thirst, and go forward Lightened by the faint undergrowth gleam Rather than the dull shine of rewards Leave a sheltered easy life To adventure into the wild We might fail taking to the woods But can't be bound by shallow goods One is wise to go his own way Never mind if you're starting late Wolves run wherever they like We may not arrive in due time This bright point, keep it in your eye We must stay on course Fellows who lingered feel now dismayed By quite a cruel truth to learn For any feast, the cost to be paid Is an amount of life in return
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Prokopton is Aephanemer sophomore full-length.

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released October 25, 2019

Music - Martin Hamiche
Lyrics - Marion Bascoul

Artwork - Niklas Sundin (Cabin Fever Media)
Mixing - Dan Swanö (Unisound AB)
Mastering - Mika Jussila (Finnvox Studios)
Vocals Recording - Brett Caldas-Lima (Tower Studio)

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Melodic Death Metal band based in Toulouse, France.

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