Shadows of Ancestors

by Twilight Fauna

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The 5th full length in four years from this unique Appalachian black metal project, and the first to be made available on CD.

Dedicated to those that came before, to the beliefs they held, and to those that still carry the fire....

Acephale Winter Productions

Praise for Shadows of Ancestors:

"There is an intangible brilliance at work as Ravenwood manages to weave sublime tapestries of melody with droned-out fuzz. It’s like a meditation soundtrack for the disturbed black metaler’s mind, providing a soundtrack for your next moonlit walk through barren fields or city streets." -Metal Bandcamp

"Not only are traditional Appalachian instruments infused into Twilight Fauna’s brand of ambient, sprawling metal, but a notable post-rock influence is woven in as well, creating a sound that is savage, cinematic, and deeply introspective all at once. Shadows of Ancestors is by far the most accomplished output from Twilight Fauna to date, building on the great success of last year’s Hymns of a Forgotten Homeland while not resting on its laurels." -Bearded Gentlemen Music

"This is an album of rare vision and ambition, that seeks to tell a story without laying everything out in an obvious, clumsy manner. This truly is black metal as both folk music and as art, and it is laudable just how successful it is on both those counts, whilst remaining hugely listenable in its own right. In an already strong year for black metal, Shadows of Ancestors is a definite highlight." -The Sound Not the Word

"Ambient, cinematic, hypnotic and still wonderfully savage. 'Shadows Of Ancestors' is an introspective and genuinely moving album that transcends it's black metal roots and builds on the foundations of its predecessor. Twilight Fauna continues to improve as a project and is crafting some very interesting music that is begging to be explored. " -Intravenous Magazine

"Ravenwood’s tireless work ethic and prolific output have helped Twilight Fauna grow at a pretty rapid pace. “Shadows of Ancestors” is proof of that artistic development, as this sometimes strange, often moving project keeps getting richer and more defined. It’ll never be everyone’s cup of tea, but those who do relish these sounds will find themselves immersed in a haunting place with rogue spirits showing you the way." -Meat Mead Metal


released September 18, 2015

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Track Name: Helical Rising
Passage on Jerusalem oak
Black drought at Ephrata
The stones have moved
Waves carry ships to fire

In this land bathed in the horns of the moon
The old ways still hold true
Golden seals, bloody roots
Stones reach to heaven
And dews fall
Track Name: Boring the Auger
Maples running, copper, brauchen
The kettles burn scraping under spring dew
Circle the golden field, fertile and divine
Shallow they run
Track Name: Meadows Afire
Ash bark, fall sores
The slow fever consumes
Talk out the flames
The poultice swimming in fire
The gate swings

Stopping the blood
The snake tongue
The dog star rises
Seraphic scars of birth
Track Name: Purging of Spring
Imbolc, the brook runs to the sun
In the light of the quarter moon

Dame’s violet and 7 sisters
In frost, out fire
The beggar
Running from the sun
The thresholds, rotas sator
Mithraic, burn the bull
In the waning moon

The gods weep in the dust of the field
The gods weep in the stars and the hills

The gods toil in the form of the rain
The gods toil in the shape of the flame

Babes born in blood
The ax milk comes
The red spruce resonates through the hollers
Riding her
Blacksnake in the ash corner
Track Name: Cave of Kelpius (Women of the Wild)
Beyond the shoreline
In blue water eyes
The awakening
The feathers near the crown
Pine resin in ashes

Steep field, divining rods
Passage through stone
Feeds marrow in bones
Dripping from eaves
Coffin nails in orchard trees

Bind and frame the heart of the raven
Under the willow trees
Amongst the gardens
Red clovers and yellow roots
Track Name: Coffin Nails and Apple Trees
She waits in the stars
In a field of seeds

I’ve laid in the leaves
Nails in your trees

The lights stream
And I’m sure it’s you
Calling to me

May apples bloom
Through the mountain pass
Winding, feeding
Gods old and new
The stump water’s guide