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In a Pallid Shadow

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1.
Leprosarium 06:42
Set out on your journey; you're now in exile They label and define you away Passive and complicit all the while You readily rot and decay Now cast to a cult of lepers Your only route to salvation Always recovering, but never better Acquiesce to your ablation Shedding skin, to become one of them Mind and body quickly become a wreck Removing limbs, purging self of sin Hang the albatross around your neck Is this really who you want to be? At the mercy of grifters and fools They say you’re sick, rife with disease You’re to blame for the harm that ensues Yes, you’re ill, but will you get well Taking all these steps to nowhere? Reducing you to a mere shell They will break you in the name of care Shedding skin, to become one of them Mind and body quickly become a wreck Removing limbs, purging self of sin Hang the albatross around your neck Is this really who you want to be? At the mercy of grifters and fools They say you’re sick, rife with disease You’re to blame for the harm that ensues I implore you, find resolve within You’re full of light and standing tall Make a new beginning, not an end And know I’ll be there if you fall Shedding skin, to become one of them Mind and body quickly become a wreck Removing limbs, purging self of sin Hang the albatross around your neck Is this really who you want to be? At the mercy of grifters and fools They say you’re sick, rife with disease You’re to blame for the harm that ensues Break the chains, break the chains Be free from suffering, don’t hide from the pain Break the chains, break the chains Reject their ways, don’t accept their blame Is this what you thought you would be? In the company of liars and thieves Thoughtless invaders of the mind You’re no good down on your knees
2.
She awoke me from a slumber deep Confused: “Why aren’t you next to me?” My mind was hazy, as if in a dream As the land outside began to freeze Ashes of the world around my feet Isolated, deranged, feeling weak Crying and begging to be free (to free what? should this be ‘be’ free?) As a lonely snow falls upon me She looked at me with love in her eyes And said what we had would never die (never...what? missing a final word here?) Did not believe that I could destroy a life Until the night she began to cry Ashes of the world around my feet Isolated, deranged, feeling weak Crying and begging to be free same as above As a lonely snow falls upon me Nothing can grow Only the glow Of falling snow If it must be so Death, they say, is not the end And desolation is my ancient friend My voice howls in the frigid wind And I know I cannot do this again Ashes of the world around my feet Isolated, deranged, feeling weak Crying and begging to be free as above As a lonely snow falls upon me Nothing can grow Only the glow Of falling snow If it must be so Ashes of the world around my feet Isolated, deranged, feeling weak Crying and begging to free As a lonely snow falls upon me I do believe What has befallen me Color blast through the ice How dare you? I defy the light I go into the night As a lonely snow falls upon me
3.
Moments Frozen in time Pages of pictures from a life A grey so sublime Drawn to a world of monochrome design Half-remembered days play like actors on a stage There is a meaning behind the tales they tell themselves The light which they borrow comes from somewhere else Dancing in a pallid shadow, a gleam of indigo The feeling of a long summer’s twilight, sepia A lover’s embrace bathed in regal red and gold Color burns into an image of a time before, a time of its own I stir from within for I’ll never be without A world painted from a well of color A violet sunset shimmers over a field of green Emerald waves across the mountainside Feeling swept away, they will not be denied Whether or not they are my own, I cannot define A vivid monochrome With a life all its own Wanting to be known Demanding my eyes fall across its brilliant form
4.
8 Hours 08:58
The bold know of fortune’s favor Unrestricted, they drain the well Surreptitiously they savor Slaking a thirst they may never quell I will see what can be Viewed from outside the body Throw open the doors Of the shadow palace Shift my gaze near What do I hear? From obscured to clear Now I see my fear Crumbling upon me Reality unfolding Abandoned, overcome How will I find my way home? Brilliant, dark, shining, I see without my eyes Thick walls lining my mind to my surprise With speed I design a living prison cell All knowledge combined, full view of my own hell Shrill voice crying, I hear myself defy My own finding, only to question why A void howling, lacking causality Time progress stalling, 8 hours of eternity Something has become me I have become What have you done? You, who stand before me And will remain in the aftermath When all numbers add to One And all vectors approach Infinity Will you not implore me? To walk with you To walk our chosen path A beast of many faces Drink from your shattered chalice A visionary of vicious design 8 hours of eternity
5.
Observing 09:27
He was feeling numb inside In the year when he arrived It was 1793 Unmoved by what he would see Their plan laid out centuries in advance Esoteric enemies, no one stood a chance Observing from the 4th dimension Until the moment of their ascension 12 stoic warriors gazing through history Tragic events, on the periphery A fatal mistake set the universe burning The earth trembles, reality’s unraveling He stood watching the father He upset the order And now the boy would die Sending the timeline awry Their plan laid out centuries in advance Esoteric enemies, no one stood a chance Observing from the 4th dimension Until the moment of their ascension 12 stoic warriors gazing through history Tragic events, on the periphery A fatal mistake set the universe burning The earth trembles, reality’s unraveling Why am I so cold? Am I drowning? Freezing, can’t feel my limbs I was dying, now this is the end A flash in the black water A strange, onyx angel saves me and my father No, wait, who is this man? Who dragged me into the night from my bed He is not my father Where is my father? I would do anything for him No risk is too great, any means to this end Another died but I can save his life Perhaps ease the sorrow of my wife I’ll make sure he’s well I’ll return him, I swear Just to see his face again No more suffering for him He is not my father No, he is my father Free me from the amber Where is my daughter? Their plan laid out centuries in advance Esoteric enemies, no one stood a chance Observing from the 4th dimension Until the moment of their ascension 12 stoic warriors gazing through history Tragic events, on the periphery A fatal mistake set the universe burning The earth trembles, reality’s unraveling

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released July 3, 2020

This album is dedicated to the loving memory of Sean Jay

Northern Crown is:
Zachary Randall - Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Frank R. Serafine - Lead and Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Leona Hayword - Bass, Lead Guitar

Additional Performers:
Evan Hensley - Lead Guitar
Dan Konopka - Drums

Produced and Recorded by Zachary Randall & Frank R. Serafine
Drums Recorded by Jose Alcantar & Alex Arias at Sancola Sound Studios
Additional Recording by Leona Hayward & Evan Hensley
Mixed by Zachary Randall
Mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound

Music and Lyrics by Northern Crown

Artwork by Travis Smith

www.northerncrownband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NorthernCrownDoom
Twitter: @NrthrnCrownDoom

Zachary would like to thank:
Frank Serafine, Leona Hayward, Evan Hensley, Dan Konopka, Arrianna Thompson, Jeff Taft, Andy Green, Dan Ortega, Travis Smith, Dan Swano, Clawhammer PR, Onyx, Olivia, Orchid & Lilith

Zachary plays PRS, Strandberg & Halo guitars and PRS and Mesa/Boogie amps

Frank would like to thank:
My wife & goddess Stephanie (for countless reasons) and our young son Theodore for reminding me to look at everything twice (once with my own eyes and then through someone else’s), Zach for the continued brotherly bond and for creating/maintaining the artistic playground we enjoy, Evan Hensley for his incredible contributions, Leona, Josh Brown, ET Brown, Elliot Gordon, Mom Serafine for a zillion reasons, and Dana & John Rosenblatt for continual encouragement.

Frank plays Ibanez & Fender guitars and amps.

Leona would like to thank:
Thanks to my musical comrades, Zach and Frank. Thanks to my partner for putting up with all my musical fuckery 🙂
I'd like to list more people but I always seem to forget someone so I'll avoid putting my foot in my mouth now.

Leona uses Yamaha, Alvarez and Fender basses, GK amps and that same set of D'Addario Nylon tapewound strings she put on like 4 years ago

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In the cracks between the Doom, Prog, and Rock n’ Roll genres, Northern Crown find a unique fit. Their first EP, “In the Hands of the Betrayer”, knocked on the door to the halls of classic metal. Their first album, “The Others”, tested its footing on the fringe of prog. Their self-titled second album was a hydra waving the flag of Doom n’ Roll. "In A Pallid Shadow" will be released July 3, 2020. ... more

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