Wisdom Of The Dead

by GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE

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about

In this digital age where everybody is interconnected to the point of saturation, it’s getting harder and harder to shy away from the public eye and let the ancient magic do its thing. Yet GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE have been pretty good at it: formed in the early 10’s in Aachen, they’ve managed so far to keep a on purpose low profile, with only scattered and limited releases and four live shows only. But in 2017, a more widely available and ‘professional’ split EP with Peruvians doom masters MIRTHLESS paved the way for a new and exciting chapter…

Even to the chosen few who knew the band from before, Wisdow of the Dead will come as a surprise. The trio always had a taste for the epic but as spearheaded by the super limited and daring 2017 rehearsal demo Ritual Before Thy Fullmoon (a 27 minutes long instrumental drums/synth duel!), their first proper album reaches an almost ritual sense of foreboding, as if with it the listener was treading on uncharted, solemn yet majestic territories. And this is no accident, considering the slow process that gave birth to GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE. “The band has always been about bordering to the other side, the afterlife and building a bridge between dreams, death and the occult” concedes their founding member and drummer, Baal. “Many things come to me in dreams. That’s where I found the band’s name and also where I envisioned our very first recording, more in a drone and ritual vein. I originally was on my own and talked about that concept with a longtime friend of mine, frontman Philsoph. He took he photo I ended up using for our first demo cover, done in a local cemetery with a small lake at its center, with the water symbolizing the inter connection in between the land of the living and the land of the dead. We had such a good connection that I asked him to join and later on, we recruited Viator Noctis on guitar and bass as he shared the same interests.”

Now a “real band”, they focused more on their death metal roots, citing respected signatures such as ANTHROPOMORPHIA, ETERNAL DARKNESS, DEAD CONGREGATION OR NECROS CHRISTOS as influences, as well as some “more obscure” ambient and ritual acts. This being said, as the five tracks (plus one intro) featured on the album will testify, there’s no room here for any complex nor bizarre arrangements. Some will even probably deem GRIMOIRE DE OCCULTE as “too primitive” as their music crawls more than it obliterates. Far from saturating the listener’s ears with a relentless assault, Wisdow of the Dead is doomy and creepy. Like a curse you can’t really escape and that growing sense of unease when you first deal with occult forces… In the end, why run when you know that no matter what, death will welcome you in its cold arms no matter what? Hence a very stern musical approach, with repetitive riffs and growled chanting that feel like ancient incantations presiding over forbidden rites. Down to its songs’ titles (‘Rotten Flowers’, ‘Necromantic Invocation’ etc.), everything on this album is set to glorify this special tie linking this world to the other. The songs are on purpose quite epic yet don’t bother challenging the listeners, instead it’s all about putting forth a trance-like form of aggression. The album’s intro s quite revelatory as the you’re feeling like stepping by mistake in some kind of hidden chamber with walls covered by magical symbols and where some ancient ritual is being conducted before the sludgy guitars of ‘Below the Ground’ do, indeed, take you… Somewhere else for a 44 minutes trip.

No wonder then that the album’s artwork, designed by no less that Italian master Paolo Girardi, is following the same red thread. “In ancient Rome and Greece, necromancy was a very common ritual. People would visit one of their relative or friends’ graves to ask for help and share a bit of wisdom when confronted with a very important decision. They would burn resin, mostly Myrrhe, and fall asleep in front of the mausoleum so they would receive the answers to their questions in their dreams.”

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released December 31, 2018

Wisdom Of The Dead was recorded from October-November 2017 by R.S. and Grimoire De Occulte. Mixed and Mastered by M. Dahmen at Liquid Aether Audio from November 2017 - January 2018. Artwork by Paolo Girardi in September 2018. Drums by Baal, Guitars/Bass by Viator Noctis, Vocals by Philosoph.

All lyrics by Baal, except "Tempest" (By Viator Noctis). All music by Grimoire De Occulte. Executive Production by Dunkelheit Produktionen, 2018.

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Track Name: Below The Ground
THE VIEW IS CLEAR, BUT SKY IS OPAQUE
SHADOWS OF THE CRYPTS, LAY OVER THE GROUND
GRAVES, SO OLD... MARKING AFTERLIFE... AND PRESENT WORLD
BEFORE THE SUNDOWN FALLS, THE RITUAL HAS TO BE DONE

HIDDEN IN BLACK ROPES, THEY CARRY THE/HIS COFFIN
SUN MIRRORS IN THE MEDAL, WHICH LAYS ON THE GRAVE
MAN WHO BETRAY, MUST SETTLE WITH LIFE
EXCHANGE THE LIFE TO BALANCE THE FLOWING ENERGIES

SACRIFIED... , BURIED ALIVE
THE SECRETS OF DEATH

SCREAMS FALL INTO THE NOTHINGNESS, AS THE COFFIN IS SHUT
FEARS OF DEATH, NECROPHOBIA AND BORDERLESS ANXIETIES
CLOSED – IN THE OLD ROTTEN COFFIN
AS THE PRIEST HAS SPOKEN, THEY LEAVE HIM INTO THE DARKNESS
SPELLED... THE UNSPOKEN NAMES... OF THE ANCIENT DEMONS...

THE ORDER OF DEATH SALUTE THY MAJESTY OF ALL-ONE

SACRIFIED... , BURIED ALIVE
THE SECRETS OF DEATH

WIND BLOWS FROM APART, INSIDE OF THE OLD CRYPT
LAST LIGHT OF A SUNKEN SUN APPEAR THROUGH THE BROKEN GLAS
A TRIANGLE... SHOWN BY THE HANDS OF THE PRIEST
GROUND SHUTTERS, AS THE CIRCLE CLOSE THE GRAVE

MOURNFUL IT'S ACT, AS IT HAD TO BE DONE
TALKING TONGUES MUST PERISH IN SILENCE
BELOW THE GROUND, HE HAD BEEN FOUND WHAT HE WAS SEARCHING FOR
BEFORE THE AFTERLIFE... THOUSAND DEATHS... AND HE STAYS ALIVE

(THE EYE – THE TRIANGLE – THE TEMPLE)
Track Name: Death (Necromantic Spell And Elder Rituals)
THE FULLMOON SHINES
STARS KEEP HIDING
FOG LAYS OVER THE GROUND
CANDLES BURN …

… ARROUND THE OPENED GRAVE OF THE PRIEST !!!

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BAPHOMET
THE FORMULA WAS SPOKEN
BLESSED BY THE DEAD
POSSESSED BY THE OCCULT
A FEARED FORGOTTEN CULT

AN OLD ROTTEN COFFIN
SACRED WITH THE VIRGINS BLOOD
...DARK WINDS APPEAR...
AS THE SIGIL WAS BROKEN
THE CORPSE WAS DESECRATED

(RITUAL)

ENLIGHTED BY THE OCCULT
HERBS BURN IN THE CHALICE
A CULT OF DARKNESS AND NECROMANCY
WHISPERED WORDS OF THE SHAMAN
UNKNOWN WISDOM OF THE DEAD

OF NECROMANTIC SPELL... AND ELDER RITUALS
Track Name: Necromantic Invocation
DUSTED GRAVEYARD VAULTS,
ROTTEN TOMBS SO OLD
BEYOND THE GROUND,
A MIST FLOATS SLOWLY

ENDLESS FLAWS,
ATTEST THE AGE
THE MAIDEN MOON SHINE,
OPENS THE RITUAL...

WINE SACRED TO THE DEAD
BLOOD IN THE CHALICE
HERBS BURNED, FOR VENERATION

THE VISION...
RECEIPT IN DREAM...
… WHEN THE DEAD GUIDE ME THE PATH...

SMELL OF DECAY,
THE TENOR OF LIFE
DREAMS SO REAL,
INCREDIBLE MADNESS

I DREAM OF IMMEMORIAL,
AFTERLIFE AND HIDDEN PAST
CHALICE OF ARCANA,
THE KEY TO DIMENSIONS

INTOXICATED BY DOOM,
IMPRESSED BY DEATH
BLURRED VISIONS,
DISTORTION OF THE BARRIER

THE ANSWERS WERE FOUND,
IN DREAMS AT THE GRAVES
INVISIBLE PATHS,
BELIEVERS WILL SEE

A DATELESS BORDER,
THE SKY IS SO DARK
...AHHHHHHHH
...REVERENTIAL GRAND DEATH...
...TAKE OUR SACRIFICE...

S A L Ú T O M O R T U U S
A C C I P E R E S A C R I F I C I U M M E U M
Track Name: Rotten Flowers
AS I OPEN THE OLD GATE,
AMBIANCE CHANGES, SKY IS GREY
ETHERIAL ODD WINDS APPEAR,
THE EVIDENCE OF PAST NOR LIFE

EVERY STEP I LEAVE BEHIND,
MARKING PAST, PRESENT AND AFTERLIFE
IN FRONT OF ME, A ROTTEN GRAVE
CARVES OF TIME MARK ELDER PAST

FLOWERS ON THE TOMBSTONE,
COVERED IN GLAS, ENTAIL A LIFE
THE AMBIT CHANGE TO UNKNOWN MIND,
WHILE HAUNTED VISIONS TURN ME DOWN

PAST IS NOW AND DEATH IS LIFE,
TURNS PRESENCE TO AFTERLIFE
A PROCESSION (OF SHADOWS) WALK BESIDE,
HOLD A COFFIN, THAT CONTAIN A LIFE

THEIR UNKNOWN FACES, COVERED BY FOG
AS SKY IS CLEAR... BUT DARK
SHADOWS OF PAST AND ELDER TIMES,
CATCHED BESIDE THE LIFE AND DEATH

MEMORIES AND VISIONS MERGE ONE,
IN THIS HOUR NOW... IN AFTERLIFE
PAST IS NOW AND DEATH IS LIFE,
TURNS PRESENCE TO AFTERLIFE

WHISPERINGS OF THOUSAND TONGUES,
TELL ABOUT THEIR LIFE
PAST AND PRESENCE BECOME THE SAME,
THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF DAY NOR LIFE

AIR IS COLD AND FEELS UNREAL,
NOTHINGNESS BUT BLACK AS LIGHT
KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM,
ENLIGHT MY SPIRIT HERE...

IN THE PLACE OF NETHERWORLD...
WHILE HAUNTED VISIONS TURN ME DOWN
PAST IS NOW AND DEATH IS LIFE,
TURNS PRESENCE TO AFTERLIFE

SHADOWS APPEAR... ARROUND ME!
TAKE ME BACK TO PRESENT TIME
IN DREAMS, IN LIFE, IN DEATH OR NOW,
THE AFTERLIFE A WORLD UNKNOWN...

AWAKEN, IN FRONT OF THE GRAVE,
IN BLEEDING HANDS, I HOLD THE ROTTEN FLOWERS
DEATH IS NOT THE END OF LIFE,
AS LIFE IS DEATH AND PAST ALIVE!!!

THE SECRETS OF DEATH
Track Name: Tempest
A SCENT MIXES IN THE ATMOSPHERE
COLD SHIVERS RISE FROM BELOW
DEAD VISITATIONS MANIFEST
DRIVEN - BY THE ATMOSPHERE

WITH ASTOUNDING MIGHT
OUT OF FRACTIONS IN DIMENSION AND TIME
LIKE WRITHING SERPENTS
- THE STREAMS ARISE

THEY'RE FORCING THEIR WAY UP
FURTHER IN THE AIR
DWELLING DARKNESS, FOURIOUS WINDS
FILLING - THE WHOLE SKY

AS THE FORMATION RAINS DOWN
SCREAMS RESOUND AND STRUCTURES SHATTER
BRINGS FORCEFULLY ALL LIFE TO AN END
- THE TEMPEST - FROM BELOW

COME ... ARISE
COME ... ARISE
COME ... ARISE
- STREAMS FROM BELOW

COME ... ARISE
COME ... ARISE
COME ... ARISE
TORMENTED - STREAMS OF SOULS

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