Meridiem

by Tanagra

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kapman An absolutely beautiful composition through and through. The riffs and melodies are so tight and well crafted, with soaring lyrics that pull the whole story together. When I first heard Across the Ancient Dessert, I stopped what I was doing and my heart skipped a beat. I think it encapsulated every emotion I had reading the Chain of Dogs for the first time. That series means something special to me. I was already loving the album, and this song sold me immediately. This is really worth a listen. Favorite track: Across the Ancient Desert.
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Pentakilljoy The last chorus of Witness gives me chills every single time. I would buy the entire album just for that track, but, luckily, I get a whole hour of crisp, soaring melodies. Favorite track: Witness.
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iceveiled Really solid power metal. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, and each track has it's own unique tone and tempo. Good shit. Favorite track: Sydria.
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1.
Meridiem 11:35
Of all the bleak and brilliant Beyond the tarnished glass And all the howling agony That shall ever come to pass I can speak not a word Open doors, a myriad Futures lie beyond them all The years have brought me here The tedium of wax and wane The cyclic flow of sun and rain Beget that ebb most terrible When fantastic grows mundane Wistful wind has always lured Even kings to misery O wanderlust, the gilded promise That sirens never keep This transition spirits me away Left alone, I ponder I find my heart ensconced in shade In the middle of the day As one in my conviction To wander... To wait and wait and waste it away To pass forever into a day Extinguishing the flame Just to keep the moths away This will not come again I hear the fool I used to be Asking breathlessly If I still believe in the dream I stand defiant In the shadow of destiny But there is one thing that I wish to know Does the dream believe in me? Push me away Compel me to stay Tear me away This transition spirits me away Left alone, I ponder I find my heart ensconced in shade In the middle of the day As one in my conviction To wander ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
2.
Sydria 04:00
Ashes where we rose Scattered by the winds of time Only dust remains But the memories survive Relics disappear Fading more and more each day Our garden of life Has withered away Close your eyes and see our home Distant, like a dream Tomorrow, the loudest whisper Yesterday a hollow scream Ancestors’ fate Descendants’ fall from grace Remember whence you came Lest you lose your way Wings of nostalgia Carry us through ancient skies Face the ghastly vision Of the cosmic and divine Close your eyes and see our home (An emerald shimmering) Distant, like a dream (Out of reach) Tomorrow, the loudest whisper (takes us back to yesterday) Yesterday a hollow scream (and the cycle repeats) Close your eyes and see our home (No one else will know our story) Distant, like a dream (Who will remember us?) Forever trapped within this self-fulfilling prophecy (Eternally) ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
3.
Far from human kind, and roots defied Long ago Two worlds, combined and intertwined Began to grow Beneath a canopy of trees The perfect union they had foreseen Torn apart by differing views Man's endeavor to harness creation Ether and steel Echoes of ancient days Grown from the Seed Bury the secrets deep and lock them away... ...from prying eyes and youthful minds That would know The truth behind the dark divide The ghostly glow Stoic faces shrouded in the dark An act of betrayal, a stolen heart Waiting for a day that will never come Forged into the sentinel of regret Ether and steel Echoes of ancient days Grown from the Seed Bury the secrets deep and lock them away The mystery reaches out From beyond these silent walls And beckons gleaming hearts into the ether... What etheric alchemy has wrought this wonder Stretching on and on as far as eyes can see The laughing god has clawed the earth asunder Two sides split by the ravine But closer than they seem Silent wandering spectral Guides The elemental soul of fire Keepers of forgotten rites Glass-eyed shadows on the walls The clockwork Angel giving life The Court conceals them all Ether and steel Echoes of ancient days Grown from the Seed Bury the secrets deep and lock them away ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
4.
Endeavor to seduce me Gather my wounds to be cauterized Show me something that cannot be The future rushes into my eyes Take away my name Lie to me Tell me every fate is the same Release me into the waves This chamber will be silent once I've gone away Impassioned, yet so refracted Leave me to my shame Go from me Find another life you can claim Forget me – I can survive This torture bleeds the pressure keeping you alive Torn and broken, bleak and blinding Omens burn bright Written in the sky at night In this chamber I can hide from starlight These walls will shield my ears from the sound As I dig my roots deeper and deeper into the ground Omens burn bright Written in the sky at night In this chamber I can hide from starlight Carry my dead weight down Lay me to rest in a cave Gather my burns to be grafted From the last shreds of skin that remain unscathed Crack the firmament Now hear me Cast your hearts upon the cement And fear me – This is my curse My chamber now encompasses the universe Constellations, core and creature Secrets all mine Written in the sky at night In this chamber I become the starlight ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
5.
Be silent Speak no more Find your force before it slips into the void Be vigilant Stay your hand And stand your ground in No Man’s Land Be silent now Deceptions are whispered In tongues of fire The will of the machine The spider on the wire Roiling seas beyond a web of steel How did I never see their waves before today? I only wish to run away Violet skies are mirrored in my eyes It must be by design, because it feels so real I want to believe I can heal Each time I draw near, again I’m forsaken It must be illusion and nothing more I give up on the dream each time I awaken Still it compels me An unseen shore The darkening sky calls me out This voyage seems more and more familiar every night Now, in defiance of my doubt Intensifies that omnidirectional light I am lost And silently hoping to say my last goodbye Maybe this time The shroud that wraps around my throat Vehemently denies The world behind my eyes Despairing in the storm I fear I am fated to be drawn beneath The shapeless cold, the fathomless deep But then the parting fog reveals the truth An island comes into view The hidden hand That lifts my voice Heeds the calling and leaves me with no choice The bleeding edge Comes all too soon And tears the silence open like a wound ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
6.
Apocalyptic whirlwind The rage of nations Across the ancient desert Where only the crows bear witness Of prophecies writ The desert shall rise as one [Korbolo] Ride them down Every man, woman, child Bring loss and despair Cast their souls to the wind Our hearts burn like fire, evoke divine rage Deliverance! Apocalypse! Rend their chain! Follow the trail of the dead Follow the chain of suffering [Coltaine] Save at all cost Every man, woman, child From loss and despair In chains we unite Rage-tempered steel fought with iron ice cold We march ever southwards Though witnessed, untold We leave a trail of our dead Forging our chain of suffering This is the blood of our lives This is the payment of our deeds All soon to be forgotten [Coltaine] Wind-scoured and bled dry A hate-ridden command The rivers and the mountains Once ochre, now stained red Snapping at my hand As wind howls through their bones We lead a chain of dogs Across these burning lands This is the blood of our lives This is the payment of our deeds All soon to be forgotten We were never what people could be We were only what we were Remember... you must remember Remember us We are abandoned to history Raise high the tattered standard of the Fallen Denied justice, denied legacy Heroic deeds purged from memory ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
7.
Witness 14:18
Dark clouds encroach And drag the light out of the midday sun Standing stones surround the confluence of nine into one Overhead, seven monuments to years gone by Seem to call upon the wind to scour the mountainside And imbue the stones with a life all their own And from the voices of the young and wild A howling tempest takes its form Silent and paralyzed, thousands of upturned eyes Behold the approaching storm Rain fears no fire Just as the tide fears no shore The sound of marching will be lost in the roar Great multitudes lie asleep and waiting Caught in the gears of the groaning machine As worlds assemble themselves out of sight Nestled among the evergreens Two columns of stone adorned with the Wayfarer's seal Rise through the vault of eternity no man can know And the wide-eyed shuffling denizens of the unreal Never suspect what goes on in the chambers below A torch on the wall of the lodestone corridor Ignites a threadbare tapestry older than dreams The blaze illuminates a staircase descending to a long-forgotten door And the lock that bars it closed is not as unbreakable as it seems Down where all is still, nothing grows Every sound disappears Save only the old dead words that no one hears Rain fears no fire Just as the tide fears no shore The sound of marching will be lost forever in the roar Thousands of upturned eyes that should have been weeping Instead are blistering beneath the open sky Beyond the sea, the dreamers who should have been sleeping Glimpse, for a moment, the destiny they must defy Borne upon the wistful wind Spirited away by the frailest prayer Wailing through the threnody One voice becomes a symphony Wanderlust shall be its only dream And those who remain shall speak its name A tragedy in song Apostasy the winds portend From battlements upon the crags of dawn I witness the end ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

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A noticeable evolution from their first album (2015's None of This is Real), Tanagra's second release turns up the dial on everything that made the band stand out the first time around: The compositions are diverse and cinematic, with a stoic undercurrent and emotional intensity that brings out the theatrical side of the band, while the progressive rock-influenced elements rise to much greater prominence than before. Complex yet compelling rhythms interweave with vibrant vocal arrangements, transcendent soloing, and varying instrumental textures in a lush harmonic landscape. Meridiem is Tanagra sounding more epic, more polished, and more heavy than ever before. This is progressive metal at its most powerful.

credits

released April 26, 2019

TANAGRA:

Steven Soderberg: lead and rhythm guitars
Christopher Stewart: drums and percussion
Erich Ulmer: bass guitar
Tom Socia: lead and backing vocals
Josh Kay: lead and rhythm guitars

Produced by Sacha Müller and Tanagra
Music composed and arranged by Tanagra with additional arrangements by Sacha Müller
Orchestral arrangements on tracks 1 and 7 by Jefferey Rondeau
Additional lead and backing vocals by Steven Soderberg and Erich Ulmer (tracks 2 and 6)
Piano solo on track 1 by Gil Assayas
Guest vocals on track 6 by Jake Rogers
Cello on tracks 1, 4, and 7 by Skip vonKuske
Viola on track 4 by Kyleen King

Engineered and mixed by Sacha Müller
Mastered by Kris Crummett at Interlace Audio
Front and back cover art by Gary Tonge
CD layout and Tanagra logo by Tom Socia
Band photography by Kara Pesznecker Reavis

All music and lyrics © & ℗ Tanagra 2019.

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Tanagra is a Cascadian Power Metal band that writes about all things sci-fi and fantasy.

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