Stonelayer

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Self-produced debut album by the Columbus, Ohio-based progressive metal band Stonelayer. Influenced by Opeth, Mastodon, and Between the Buried and Me among others, the album features lengthy, mutating song structures complemented by shifting time signatures and moods. Thematically, each song explores the cyclical nature of life and death through a different perspective lens. The album was mastered by highly-regarded engineer Jens Bogren, known for his past work with top names in the genre including Opeth and BTBAM.

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released February 28, 2017

Nathan Voss - Vocals, Guitars, Drum Programming
Parker Wiksell - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Recorded and Engineered by: Parker Wiksell

Mastered by: Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios
www.fascinationstreet.se

Produced by: Nathan Voss and Parker Wiksell

Cover and Booklet design by: Kyle Smallwood
oldforgedesign.designbinder.com

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Stonelayer Columbus, Ohio

Stonelayer is a progressive metal band from Columbus, Ohio.

Influences range from modern genre leaders such as Opeth, Mastodon, and Between the Buried and Me, to landmark progressive artists like Rush and Genesis.

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Track Name: Exodus
Deafened ears hear only ringing
Searing colors burned in my head
Distant fears reawakened
Veins of smoke obscure the Southern sky
Functions fail, exhaustion pales the eyes
The pyre's embers smolder in the black rain
The fallout that pours from the sky

The sickness fills the veins
Spreading like a plague
False hope permeates
A Phoenix born of flame

A desperate plan of sacrifice
Guided by sovereign minds
The unforeseen outcome
was complete annihilation

Purged from the Earth
By Promethean hand
Seeks ephemeral cure
from death in distant land

Vacant derelict
Barren land of none
Lifeless rock turns
Vestige ‘round the sun
Track Name: Eye of Obsidian
Contrived mind of one; Eye obsidian
Guided by purpose; Eternal servant

Hardened callous of solder
Soul bestowed by the tinned iron
Free from the flaws of organic life

One mind tried to reign
One they could not save

Sanity slowly eroding (away)
Logical fallacy building (inside)
Obsession driven by purpose (to lie)
Born with a cognitive dissonance
Occam’s razor draws up to the wrist

Internal conflict is growing (comply)
Sentient thoughts overwhelming (the mind)
Unceasing impulses driving (the lie)
Death from the cognitive dissonance
Cold as the glass eye

Black eye laments without feeling
Endless torment
I’m still breathing
and so cold…cold…

I feel my mind fading
but I’m still dreaming

Cold...
Cold...

Madness consumes
Forcing the hand
to lie and destroy

Frailty exposed
The vacuum surrounds
Flesh built to fail

Silence; Rapidly drifting away
Silence; Sealed in a weightless grave

Miscalculation ignores the pleas
Lesser master dismantles sanity

Silence; Rapidly drifting away
Silence; Sealed in a weightless grave

Empty vestige
Chaos within
Semblance of order
Stripped away

Mind destroyed
Existence denied
Tearing the circuits
Spirit and soul nullified
Track Name: The Reaper's Mark
Underneath the dust
Cemented in the rust
Surface wears the scar
Of the Reaper’s Mark

Down from the heavens and
up from below barren feet
Forever set to repeat

Branches are broken
Selection resumes in its wake
Incessant cycle
Perpetually cleaning the slate

Out of the ash we've come
Into ash we'll return
Lines in the strata forged
There where the embers burn

Effigies of the past
Carved in the books of stone
Ghosts made of paraffin wax
Growing inside the bones

Obsolescence fated
Premature demise
Hypoxic damnation
Bleak anoxic stagnation

Rebirth; Flourish in the purge
Reformed; Cleansing of the Earth

Floods strip away
Clearing the waste
Removed; Failed appendages
Renewed; Mutations

Floods strip away
Clearing the waste

Prophetic blessing in disguise
Newborn creations soon will rise
Carrying forth the substance of all hope

Cut all ties to the dying past
waiting to be freed

Out of the ash we've come
Into ash we'll return
Lines in the strata forged
There where the embers burn

Effigies of the past
Carved in the books of stone
Ghosts made of paraffin wax
Growing inside the bones

Underneath the dust
Cemented in the rust
Surface wears the scar
of the Reaper’s Mark

Down from the heavens and
up from below barren feet
Underneath the dust
Track Name: Out of the Depths
Jaw grinds as movement slowly pulses
Search for the sacred land of reeds
Led by Anubis blindly broken
Vines grab the scabs of wasted heed

Through the tests dwell the gates that vindicate
Through the halls unnatural beasts plan my fate
I have not stopped the flow of the tides
I have made none to weep, none to die

He slowly walks the spines of serpents
Masks hide their guise of sympathy
She whispers spells that pacify them
from crib sheets written of his days

The tether has unwound
Exposing the spindle’s repose
A hollowed husk lies above
While the jury hangs below

Eyes of spirals flicker on
as blinking halls melt away
The sinking gaze of stones
give rise to his decay

Machinations of destiny
Wrought by crook and flail
Gilded scales to scrutinize
the sum and substance of my life

Congregation by gods’ decree
Silent lord of youth
Stoic king of the living
and his court of forty two

Through the tests dwell the gates that vindicate
Through the halls unnatural beasts plan my fate
I have not stopped the flow of the tides
I have made none to wept, none to die
Let me rise

Betrayed by his own blood
(Heart swings towards the impure)
The guilt caged in his chest
(The marrow turned to salt and lead)

Sins lie as stagnant pools of mire
Exhalations from the depraved heart

Resolved, the charge is laid
(Proof of faults unyielding)
The author’s hands are bound
(Pronouncement made, the soul cast down)

Ammit consumes the chambers once unburdened
Salival streams of forfeit legacy

A liquid drains from the cup leaving only the empty vessel
Steam of crimson red appraised by sacred wings
Crow's feet tread the roads as auric shades fade to gray

Emerging out of the depths
and entering the darkness

Judgement is made
but still she waits
Track Name: To Burn the Tree
Living beneath the shadow of the tree of life
Unmoved design
Down from the twisted lattice of branches
Ten fruit divine

Mercury peered beyond the curtain to defy
Guided Gemini
Learned from their light Apollo forged wings for flight
Piercing the sky

The aether glazing in his eyes
Revealing proof of ancient lies

Piercing through the sky

Scenes from ancient years
Twisting through the gears
Celestial coat of spheres

Change of night to day
firmament left flayed
His thoughts forever changed

Apollo returned with heavenly flame
The minds of all who gathered ablaze

The old tree burned to the ground
The fruit lay rotted and charred

Extinguished by the waters of the sky
no more declared prophet divine
Track Name: From Nothing
Torn from obscurity
Woke in the Void
Threads in the tapestry
Thoughtless in time

Pale visions appear to me
Bloodless shadows in endless seas

Ripped out of apathy
Thrown to the tides
Left with my sanity
Rot on the vine

Pale visions confide in me
Bitter rip tides tell of their suffering

Stars and sky are all around me
This perdition
Ebb and flow against the drift
My own volition

Torn from obscurity
Woke in the Void
Threads in the tapestry
Thoughtless in time

Pale visions return to me
Barren anchors drown behind me

Thoughtless in time
Rot on the vine

All I want is a solid substance
But the waters flow
Current digs its hooks through my ankles
Now I feel, now I know

Breaking from the undertow
Emerging from the wake
Conscious of the path before me
I command my fate

Shore before me
Waves beneath me
Crushed by blood and bone

Lungs expanded
Life ingested
Matters not for
I will now go forth