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The Hanged Man & The Emperor

by Kvasir

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I'm locked in the same old rhythm suspended, inactive with doubt An urgency to make changes reflection means I'm holding out For direction, to inhabit, to surrender to follow my Nature Whatever it might be it's work seeking out to get myself down from the gallows Restricted, perspective changes see with a new set of eyes A baptism, also a death the cleansing of belief belies A direction, to inhabit, to surrender to follow my Nature Whatever it might be it's work seeking out to get myself out of my shadow
The desert, the moon, the shallow grave that I've been digging Just large enough for one Behind it all, the tempest swells; the flood is coming It brings a cleansing of the self I question! I seek answers! (That remain unaddressed) I stumble without direction, my beliefs put to the test A hope, a call, a primal cry made to the Nothing One last plea to be released Oblivion; it seems so sweet to spite the Ego a final rejection of its Gift My shadow self ignored, it grew to encompass me The person I thought I'd become was not who others could see
All the walls you've built up thought indestructible The acrid smell of burning flesh pervades your nostrils Structure topples, you feel hopeless watching it burn down The personas living there unprotected by the crown Embrace the fire Your life's the pyre Broken down and vulnerable, you journey to the West Reunited with your will; a life put to the test The rebuilding, reconstruction happens stone by stone Realizing that, this time, you need not be alone Embrace the fire Your life's the pyre Life upended, soul unrooted the planting takes its toll However, worth it, process painful growth without a goal Now a brand new world unfolding like a flower in the morn The Sun peeks out, a brand new day in the land of the reborn
The Emperor 03:32
Long and difficult the path has been but I’ve walked along it all the same Now, I govern my reality while I work to maintain all I’ve gained I’m in control now. I’m back on my feet, my eyes are focused, thoughts are clear, my hands are steady. I’m up above now. I’m looking down, the man I once was, brokenhearted, broke in Spirit. Born again! My Will is strong, I feel flush with power Torn away! From the side that is kept in shadow Brought to light! It lives within me, One and One are now the same


A four song exploration of redemption and reclamation of the self.


released September 22, 2018

Christopher Lee - Guitar, Vocals
Ben Leslie - Drums
Greg Traw - Bass

Written by Kvasir, except "The Emperor" by Kvasir and Jesse Payne
Recorded August/September 2018 at Low Shelf Recordings
Engineered by Jesse Payne
Mastered by Justin Longerbeam
Album Art by Greg Traw


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Kvasir Portland, Oregon

North Portland Heavy Progressive Psychedelic Rock! Formed in 2017 by Christopher Lee and Greg Traw, the current lineup adds drummer Jay Erbe (SkullDozer) and guitarist Max Siegfried (Greenseeker) to the mix of NWOBHM, psychdelica, and funk-inspired riff magic. ... more

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