Sine Qua Non

by Elliott's Keep

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"Entitled Sine Qua Non, this the bands sophomore effort and delivers on the promise of the debut! Mountainous riffing, doom wall layers of sound, epic visions, melancholy moments, splashes of angry black metal bursts, thunder cannon drum/bass explosions and more! And I was lucky enough to do one of the guitar solos on the album, which came out rather well I think! Hit the new arrivals section of our catalog to order now! NEW DOOM/EPIC METAL FROM TEXAS! The bands second album on Brainticket Records takes you on a journey of woe inspired tales of doom, melancholy and epic doom riffing! Excellent well thought out HEAVY doom inspired metal that will please all fans of the genre and then some. The band brings other influences to the table (epic viking, touches of symphonic black, old school heavy metal) making this more than just standard doom metal. With featured guest guitar solo from John Perez of Solitude Aeturnus! Get this yee fans of SA, Candlemass, While Heaven Wept, Doomshine, Amon Amarth, etc..."
JOHN PEREZ

“…what Sine Qua Non proves is they’re a band able to offer an individualized interpretation of doom without getting caught up in pretense or sacrificing memorable songwriting. I liked In Medias Res. I like Sine Qua Non better. It’s a more realized album all around, and as the title suggests that 'without this, there is nothing,' I can only respond that Elliott’s Keep’s time is well spent."
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“Fans of Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass and Grand Magus will get their rocks off to this fine recording and speaking of Solitude, Elliott’s Keep are also from Texas and are quickly becoming the leaders of Texan Doom. The Texan connection is made even stronger on "Sine Qua Non" by the guest appearance of SA's John Perez who is also the chief honcho of Brainticket Records. Elliott’s Keep have arrived big time with this release and if you loved the debut, there is no reason but to adore this one…. Elliott’s Keep are the US Epic Doom masters of the moment.....10/10”
DOOMMANTIA.COMhttp://doommantia.wordpress.com/category/elliotts-keep/

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released September 28, 2010

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Track Name: Fearless
FEARLESS

From our castle we ride
Across beautiful water
Past ruined chapel through bloodiest valley
Approaching our certain death

Feud of generations
I ride with my clansmen
Against overwhelming foe
Horns sound our coming

My heart races
My rage swells
My wrath
Consuming

The horde ahead is in shadow
They are beyond counting
Our shouts echo through the mist
Bitter cold burns my face

I fear not death
I will pass through

Imperterritus magnus ultimus
Impavitus exitiabilis omnio

Fearless
Audacter

The moment is nigh

Frozen rain now falls
I drain the scotch from its skin
The brave own their fear
I ride toward eternity

With wind in my face
I press my mount forth
We gallop through black night
Our hooves are thunderous

My heart races
My rage swells
My wrath
Consuming

Death finds all men
The hour of my choosing
I think on those I love
Remember me in ballad

I fear not death
I will pass through

Imperterritus magnus ultimus
Impavitus exitiabilis omnio

Fearless
Audacter

The moment is nigh
I face oblivion
I storm
And fall forever

And as I go
My spirit visits those I love

Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners
Track Name: Fate
FATE

In the year of the storms
I walk through shadows
My face painted with ashes
Marks carved deep on my heart

Through darkness walk the unfortunate

I ask the stars their secrets
And again this night
They are silent

The die is cast
From beyond
From the eternal
Hence these tears
What is truth?

Stone
Wind
Sand
Fate

I come to this place alone
To visit an old pain
To contemplate
My respite, my solitude

Through darkness walk the unfortunate

In the moonlight
The mist curls about my being
And beckons the darkness

He whom the gods love dies young
Death is certain
Its hour uncertain
Remember that you will die
Thus you shall go to the stars

Stone
Wind
Sand
Fate

Philosophy and prophecy
Angels weep and demons laugh
Runes and ruins --this pagan opera
Ripples in the water

I came upon memories
From the day beauty died
Flame and embers
In a careless rain

Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners
Track Name: Shades of Disgrace (feat. John Perez)
SHADES OF DISGRACE

I always fell in love in the autumn
And it inevitably ended in cold winter days
Then she appeared from the mist
Goddess gazing down with adoring eyes

Joyous weekends entangled
Time of wine
Time of tenderness
Time of healing
My love
My fear
My hollow point

I destroyed perfection
That it would not be taken from me
That the rose would not wither
Captured by my destruction
She will satisfy for eternity
In death she fails not
In memory she doth not disappoint

I cannot forgive myself

I worship romance
And would drink deep
But love must falter
Passion by its nature must end

For mortal hearts cannot sustain
And one will die
In that moment when
Light is swallowed by darkness
My love
My fear
My hollow point

I destroyed perfection
That it would not be taken from me
That the rose would not wither
Captured by my destruction
She will satisfy for eternity
In death she fails not
In memory she doth not disappoint

I cannot forgive myself

I find her in my bottle
I crave her touch
Her breath
Her sex
Tragedy I could not hold her
Forever

All you in black on this empty day
So pitiful
You do not know grief
You know not grief
You cannot mourn as I
I despise you
From the depths of my sorrow
The sleet and wind
Are not so cold as my soul

Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners
Track Name: Witchburning
WITCHBURNING

As black wind changes
With torches and curses
The mob pursues her
Brings her to ground
The innocent
So helpless
So helpless

Deep within, they know
Their own wickedness
Yet they refuse - they ignore

Empowered by numbers
Hypocrisy enraged -- frenzied
Purpose drawn from that evil they fear
With the heavens as witness

She’s a witch, they shout - burn her
The devil’s own, they roar - burn her
Satan’s harlot, they cry - burn her, burn her
She’s a witch, they shout - burn her
The devil’s own, they roar - burn her
Satan’s harlot, they cry - burn her, burn her
Consequences be damned

Rough hands bind her
Fastened to the post
Pyre bellows acrid smoke
She flails
Trembling and confused
The sacrifice burning
The sacrifice burning

Deep within, they know
Their own wickedness
Purposed naiveté
For which they will answer

Terrified, she sobs
Lace and flesh burns
She screams
And wonders why

She’s a witch, they shout - burn her
The devil’s own, they roar - burn her
Satan’s harlot, they cry - burn her, burn her
She’s a witch, they shout - burn her
The devil’s own, they roar - burn her
Satan’s harlot, they cry - burn her, burn her
By consequences they are damned

The truth forsaken by the self-righteous
Dictating that which they know not
At the cost her life
At the cost of their souls
Intensifying their own
Burning beyond


Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners
Track Name: Damned
DAMNED

Upon going to death
I returned to find her waiting
My ring draped about her neck
Awakened to emptiness

I will love her forever
Though the forever I would chose is denied me
All too soon she will be dead and gone
And I will remain

Damned
I will remain

Perhaps she will light the next world

Because of her
I live in emotional death
There is no comfort for my soul
Demented, I wander

I will love her forever
Though the forever I would chose is denied me
All too soon she will be dead and gone
And I will remain

Damned
I will remain

I am music in the darkness
I am a gallows obsession
I am the dead buried above ground
I am the foul
I am the parasite
I am the beautiful
I remain

Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners
Track Name: Maleficar Validus
MALEFICAR VALIDUS

In blackest night, in highest tower
Incense and candles burn
Mage in desperate meditation
Firelight falls on furrowed brow
Head in hands, gray mane draped across ancient tomes
Clouds race past the moon
Shadows of impending doom

In the shadows on the highest point of the hill
Solitary figure clad in crimson

The enemy swells as a tide
The horde relentless
Across the field
The horned bastard
Evil manifest

Minutes become hours become days - he casts on

In the shadows on the highest point of the hill
Solitary figure clad in crimson

Symphonic, the attack
Battle unceasing
Weary arms dispatching one and the next
In trance

Minutes become hours become days -he casts on

The sky becomes crimson
Sulfur winds and ash
Battalions in flame
Bones without flesh

Hands rise again
Indiscernible phrases
Hands rise again
Braided intricate spells
Hands rise again
Arcane incantations
Hands rise again
Lightening rends the heavens

Magenta firmament
Fog and frozen gusts
Shards of ice rain down
Into their carcasses

Hands rise again
Indiscernible phrases
Hands rise again
Braided intricate spells
Hands rise again
Arcane incantations
Hands rise again
Lightening rends the heavens

Body and mana exhausted
Sleep refused
Overtaken, delusional
Hallucinating, faltering
Vulnerable

Wickedness finds its mark
The mage falls
His blood pools

As hope abandoned
The sky explodes
Sapphire radiance blinds
Resurrection
Maleficar
Power beyond understanding
Fortified by rage
Fire rains and flesh flames
Acrid, pungent fury
Death from afar
Maleficar Validus

Restored
Empowered
Relentless
Merciless
Victorious


Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners
Track Name: Beloved
BELOVED

In the beyond

I wake
In deep snow drift
Bloodied
Without wound

Fortis obstinatus destinatus

I rise determined to find my way to you
I rise determined
I will find you

Cor unum ab aeterno ad infinitum

There are bonds that tie two souls
There is music that binds two hearts

Ad alta aut viam inveniam aut faciam

I summon
Deep from within
Agony
Up the mountain

Fortis obstinatus destinatus

I rise determined to find my way to you
I rise determined
I will find you

Cor unum ab aeterno ad infinitum

There are bonds that tie two souls
There is music that binds two hearts

Ad alta aut viam inveniam aut faciam

I will find you

Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners
Track Name: Darkest Corner
DARKEST CORNER

Obiit

Numb
I am numb
My soul is empty
The one taken from me
All is changed by such loss
All is changed by loss

Nunc est bibendum

Ubi sunt
Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt
Where are they?
Where are they, those who have gone before us?

Blood on my face
Mud on my boots
And here I sit and drink
In the darkest corner of this tavern

Death and life and pain

Bitter
I am bitter
My heart is shattered
The one I love is gone
Life is no longer worth living
Life is no longer living

Nunc est bibendum

Ubi sunt
Ubi sunt qui ante nos fuerunt
Where are they?
Where are they, those who have gone before us?

Blood on my face
Mud on my boots
And here I sit and drink
In the darkest corner of this tavern

Death and life and pain

Suffocating
I spit angry curses and stumble through verses
Memories rage through me

Copyright 2009 EK Music Partners