In Medias Res

by Elliott's Keep

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Top ten debut albums of 2008.
DOOM METAL ALLIANCE

Elliott's Keep have delivered one of the freshest sounding Metal CD's in 2008… epic album… great production enhances the crushing riffing of this band …
fine old school headbanging metal going on… Highly Recommended. 9/10
EARTHDOG

Solitude Aeturnus will always be the first name in Texas doom metal, but in Elliott’s Keep, I believe I have found the second.
METALREVIEW.COM

ELLIOTT’S KEEP combines measured Epic Doom with elements of classic Heavy Metal and known Thrash/Death trademarks. Thus the whole sound gains diversion and originality. The widespread epic parts are brilliant at heavy guitar riffs and Doom pathos. Who expects native Doom Rock has to be disabused while listening to “In Medias Res”, because the Metal hammer is fairly swung. ELLIOTT’S KEEP play in fact hot-blooded Epic Death Doom … a diversified, premium instrumental and well produced album.
DOOM METAL FRONT

A doom album made to last the ages…a spectacular and controlled effort of precise and solid doom glory [8.5]
EVIL INQUISITION

Perhaps you've read the words epic and brilliant in a review before. You've probably dismissed it as they are often overused words and inappropriate for the music being talked about. This time, however, they are both words that truly describe the debut album from Dallas, Texas doom band Elliott's Keep.
PLUTONIUM ZINE – Crestfallen Kev

Take a portion of Solitude Aeturnus and add a very small percentage of aggression from any extreme genre. Combine it with an excellent instrumental skill and a granitic rhythmic session with a very modern sound…Excellent debut for Elliott's Keep…Now I look for the second one... SCORE: 81
DOOM GATE/HARDSOUNDS

Killer from beginning to end … an outstanding debut album…
ANCIENT DEATH WEBZINE

With the first crushing heavy guitar riff, Elliott's Keep prove the name of their game is "traditional" doom and they mean business.
WINTER TORMENT E-ZINE

Fans of underground US doom metal will rejoice with this release as this band is in the same league with other great bands, such as Last Chapter and Orodruin.
METALPERSPECTIVE.COM

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released November 18, 2008

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Track Name: Votus - Crusader Pt. I
CRUSADER - PART I - VOTUS

Council of Clermont
Urban’s mighty words
Avenge the desecration
Avenge the Holy Sepulchre
Retake the Holy Land
From infidel defilers
Swiftly
Before approaching apocalypse

Deus vult
The crowd cries
Deus vult
And I cry
Deus vult
Forgive my sins
Deus vult
And thousands more to come

Milites Christi
Votus
Fideles Sancti Petri
Iter

I shall wear the Cross
On this righteous campaign
For redemption
These symbols
Reflect my belief
My uncertainty
My need
My penance

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Track Name: Iter - Crusader Pt. II
CRUSADER - PART II - ITER

Hilt digs deep
Beneath amber moon
Destruction rides with us
Faith and honor
Brutality and blood
The blood of infidels

Endless miles
Scorching heat
Snow drifts
Starvation
Disease
Men and horses fall
Cannibals among us

Driven and desperate knights
Miracles will sustain us
God will not fail us

The part of me that is gone
Somehow drives me on

My dreams
My nightmares
My memories

Amid the sparks and embers
The troubadour plays
His lyric of chivalry
The love of the lady won

Four armies
Massive force
Knights and infantry
Without discipline
Strangers in a strange land

Antioch
Four hundred towers
Eight month siege
My body and soul ache

The Holy Lance discovered
Sign of impending victory
An army of saints come to our aid

Conquest tempered by plague
Again we embark

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Track Name: Sedicare - Crusader Pt. III
CRUSADER - PART III - SEDICARE

Peregrinus Animus Votum
Carus Demum
Obsideo Sedicare
Talio

Force encamped before Jerusalem
Divine vision
Fasting army marches
As Joshua at Jericho
The pagans scoff

Bellum Catervatim
Vehementer
Justicia non Clementia
Tui Fatum

No return without victory
Our ships dismantled
Siege towers assembled
We summon our courage
And assault the walls

Punitor Vindico
Percutio
Procella Depraedor
Cruentus

The body of mine enemy is a tide
Rushing forth against my blade
Unworthy one
Fear deep in your eyes
Terror on your heart

Vocifero Cum Trucido
Laudatio Deus Cum Interfecto

One after another I strike them silent
My thoughts travel as I kill
I destroy and ease the ache
My boots crimson

My demons unleashed in the Holy City
Frenzied angel of vengeance
To hell, unworthy ones
Chaos, I do His bidding
Madness, I bring His wrath

None left alive
Neither women nor children
All slaughtered
Blood to bridles

Indescribable stench
City of corpses
The dead piled beyond the gates
Burning heaps, like houses
None know their number
Except God alone

Sun rises
With few to rejoice
Bury our fallen
In shallow graves

Time of triumph
But still so empty
Turning homeward
Left with nothing

My vow fulfilled
Scarred without and within
So few with me
I begin my long journey home

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Track Name: Nameless
NAMELESS

My thoughts drift in conversation with the night
Unseen, I watch that which I cannot bear
Yet that from which I cannot turn away

Her name is sin
Her locks a curtain of blood
She haunts my sleeping and my waking
Though I purpose not to dream nor think of her

The one exists, but I cannot love her
Found, now she is gone
Wanting merged with having
But without keeping
All too brief caress

Driving the stake deep into melancholy heart

She is an undulating serpent enchanting
Smoky coils entrancing
Wrapped about my fingers, my mind, my heart

She haunts the black churches of my mind
Eternal, I endure in agony
Alone, to grieve the loss

So I love her, does it mean so much to me?
As the flame flickers, disappearing
Dreaming conceives insanity

I looked into the eyes of ecstasy
Screaming, biting, breathing hard
Smelling of garlic
And cigarettes
Folded in black silk

She is a stunning scorpion seducing
Sweet venom consuming
Devouring my will, my spirit, my soul

Nameless
I wished her the gift eternal
Nameless
I would that she would want
Nameless
Alas, I wished in vain
Nameless
And now I cannot say her name aloud


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Track Name: Black Wings
BLACK WINGS

Master of the skies, I fly
Dragon-kin, serpent-born
Onyx hide reflects the sun
And casts its miles-long shadow

Unholy terror
Cunning
Soulless
Insatiable

Beasts and men
Reduced to fear
Flee in terror
At the mighty sound of black wings

My tail whips and impales
My breath is decimation
Searing flame
Armageddon

Challenger rises
Dragon-whelp
Enraged, I bellow flame
Descend to duel

Razor talons grasp the usurper
Black wings thunder

Among the clouds
Flesh is carved
Entrails rendered
Upstart plummets
To earth far below

I scream in triumph
And dive to the feast

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Track Name: Kindred
Kindred

In the triumph of battle
And conquest of foe

Simply this
Kindred

In the valley of sorrow
And fear of the morrow

Simply this
Kindred

When the ashes have settled
And fate comes to be

Simply this
Kindred


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