A Winter Solstice Eve

by Ethereal Pandemonium

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    This album contains material inspired by Slavonic mythology and history. In the time of their creation the band was influenced by Scandinavian black metal bands and searched for its own historical and cultural inspiration. Since this topic has been recently widely adopted by the present neo-Nazi and alt-Right political scene, the band members would like to distant themselves from this kind of connection. To make sure we're not helping to spread any kind of extremist ideas, we give all the funds collected from selling the old Ethereal Pandemonium music to the organisation Človek v ohrození (Human in danger) that helps people in difficult places of the world whose human rights are compromised. We ask you to help and donate to securing human rights and liberal democracy anywhere in the world as well. ... more

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It was August 1996 when four youngsters from Bratislava started rehearsing together under name Tombfield while laying foundation to what would later become the first BM band in the capital of Slovakia and second Slovak BM band with an official release (The first one was Mystic Death from Martin which released their album in 1997).

Yes, that release was demo "A Winter Solstice Eve" which had been recorded and produced during ten days in winter anno 1997 / 1998 in Studio Coda (Bernolak dormitory) after the group had changed their name to Ethereal Pandmonium in early 1997. All lyrics and most of the music had been written by Vidar who was 14-15 years old at the time (!!!). He was also the author of the first band's logo.

The line-up of the band has changed since 1996 and after co-founding duo, brothers Danišovci, had left the band, new keyboard player Rhaa was hired. The band started looking for a drummer and their quest led them to the pub U Matúša which was the home of 90's Bratislava extreme metal society (extreme looks and extreme opinions were presented here in many forms). Here the band encountered with Darkoldus who quickly identified band's talent and ambitions and helped them finding a drummer, another pub's regular Demogorgon. Demogorgon was just starting a band with another extreme individual De Sade Soliloquay who didn't want to let Demogorgon join Ethereal Pandemonium unless he'd join as a vocalist too. Ethereal Pandemonium members who were very young at the time were excited (and perhaps a little scared too) about such interest from "older" individuals from the scene and accepted both new members and as a bonus they hired Demogorgon's girlfriend Countess Ekorn as a female vocalist. Not all founding members were 100% happy about all new hires which turned into a quiet competition between Nathuruss and De Sade Soliloquay probably resulting in later departure decisions. Some new personalities also turned up to be too extreme in their political views, which is another splitting point that hit 90's BM UG scene. Because of the age (all band members being teenagers between 16-18) and tolerance towards extreme opinions and behaviours in any aspect, dangerous views of a certain individual were left ignored which brought a lot of controversy in later existence of the band.

Anyway, the line-up and material for the demo was ready, released as MC tape on Darkoldus' label Dark Night Sky in February 1998, and the band was looking forward to playing gigs in Bratislava and even other Slovak UG festivals where it got quickly recognised as an unique formation due to their age and talent, but especially music which was raw, energetic and catchy.

The rest is history ...

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released February 1, 1998

Nathuruss - bass guitar, deep & raven vocals
Vidar - lead & rhytm guitars
De Sade Soliloquay - deep vocals & whispers
Rhaa - keyboards
Demogorgon - drums programming & percussions
Countess Ekorn - female vocals

This album is completely dedicated to the eternal memory of Richard Romančík.

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Ethereal Pandemonium Bratislava, Slovakia

Ethereal Pandemonium formed as gothic-black metal band with doom and pagan influences in Bratislava, Slovakia in 1996. As the second Slovak BM band with an official release they significantly influenced Slovak BM UG scene in late 90's and early 00's and played many gigs in Slovakia and Czech Republic. After releasing one demo and three full length releases, they disbanded in 2008. ... more

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Track Name: Awaiting...
As the evening spells were whispered
And invoking words were told
The flames from the embers arose
By silent trees which were behold
Then a prophet, a wise man said:

I see a beast, burning down our temples
Under a symbol of a cross-nailed man
Killing our children, for we're all pagans
He's not too far, from where now we stand,

And as Luna hid her silhouette behind the clouds,
From the dark, a christian stepped out...
Track Name: A Winter Solstice Eve
Seeds of the plague were rooted deep
Branches of malice grew above mountains majesty
Blood innocent was turned to wine
Flowing from wounds of ancient fathers of mine

Prophecies of flesh I now reveal
Under twilight skies of ebony
In the name of God and their belief
They killed and ordered me to kneel
But now they'll taste my will...

Ravens, gather flesh for feast
Rip hearts out of the bodies of our hated enemies
Tonight is the winter solstice eve
And damn, if I shall ever believe
Nation, the dirge for thee now I must sing
An everlasting elegy,
Of wonders I dream every night and day
That the suffering one day shall pass away...
But yet on my feet standing I remain
With hope I stare at the sleeping stones that once my brother were, awake!

...with hope I stare at the sleeping stones that once my brother were...

Blinded by wrath, walking rage path
For gods that were dethroned by messengers of death
Enslaved, Thus deep,
Vengeance is wine, the darkest sign
Dead nation's sons are gathered under heavens of thine
Enslaved, Thus deep,

This is the soil, whereupon my temple once stood
And these the ruins, surrounding this place of doom
Footsteps of time couldn't harm this testimony
Shall forever remind of the Winter Solstice Eve.
Track Name: Prophecy
Once the sleeping powers will awake,
From the darkest depths they'll arise,
Spreading across the seas of the holy land,
Like a plague they'll infect the world,
...And then the evil shall be born,
Sacrificing other's scorn,
Will quietly sit on its throne,
Empire of underground,
Will bury what wasn't found,
Will we be ready to rebound...
Prophecy...

And after last strike of darkness, the heavens were torn in two
And the blood of Seraphims fell upon the Earth,

The bounds of the netherworld were broken,
As the Satan's legions attacked
From the underworld a throne rose on the ground
Upon that throne, Lord of Darkness sat
Surrounded by pagan Gods
And the temples of God all burned to ashes
After two thousand years
Filled with the supremacy of filth
The king of eternal empire was enthroned... again,

The seed of Christ will be impaled,
Crucified on the mountain of the dead,
Ancient divinity shall unite that day,
With the Four Horsemen they'll ride,
Track Name: The Fields of Tombs
Once I took a journey into the dark of mine
To release the stream of questions why,
The thing I learned there was sad, almost made me cry
Inside the answers, there was emptiness' lullaby

And so it began, the journey without an end
It became my guide in facts I couldn't comprehend
...I couldn't comprehend
...Just couldn't comprehend,

Be welcome my deepest misery
My challenge to struggle again
Born on the fields of tombs
With evil I was to regain
I call the Inferno
I call its rain
I am the Kaos
I am the Pain

My only friend - I suffocate on greed divine
The war awaits, they've stepped beyond the line
Won't you be my company, my only alibi
The light is coming, it is now blinding my eyes
Track Name: The Depths of Styx
In the past, the shadows cannot fly
So watch the life, it is passing you by
In the walls you are those missing bricks
Join me, we shall swim in Styx
In the depths of Styx...Where the sorrow drowns its tears
In the depths of Styx...Where you're free of any fears

It welcomes you... It conceals you... It betrays you, my friend...
It awaits you... It raises you... It stains you, again,

For dark my visions seem, the moon whispers to me
This time thou'rt blind to see, time has come for thee
So called God wants thee dead, drowned in thy own tears
On the journey into Darkness, thy weakness is thy company

Those dark waters flow, Despair, and thou such hopeless
Stream takes thee away, the Truth, has lost its meaning
Voices from the dead side, the Pain, those tears are senseless
Shores appear dark, Struggle, for those who've never seen...

The stream of blackness heals your dying soul
In your boat you're losing control
Each soul a drop in the dead ocean
Flowing the fields without emotion...
Track Name: 1998 Anno Domini
The old legend says that Pentagram shall win,
Faultless gold shall corrode, the gold with Christ within,
I will be the world's ruling Goat, Christ's children will be damned,
With virgin I'll incarnate we'll conquer the holy land

1998 rise of the fettered faith,
1998 Satan no longer waits...

Abaddon's abyss' opening in the empire where Tiamat reigns,
Mankind is not as one, falsity of Jahve rains,
Time of triumph comes, Nemesis awakes in me,
For enslaving me in my crypt my true face now is seen.
Track Name: When the Dusk Comes... Awakening of the Demons
Each new dawn I die, with the sunrise I fade away,
Creating the last drop of the sweat on your face,
I am the evil that remains forgotten on the daylight,
To be (en)throned again when the demons awake the night.

Darkness I crave,
Nocturnal slave,
Four-cornered grave,
Cradle of the Pain...

Diving in black I suffocate,
Reading the rhymes of the twilight gates,
The spirit roams in the infinite nothingness,
Into the abyss falls my day,
Dark waters of Styx wash away,
The dreams that once belonged to emptiness,
You can't escape those dreams of gray,
Although with dawn I fade away,
When twilight comes, the wolves hunt for prey,
And when the sun falls I awake,
The Suffering shall last until you break,
Release of malice, the darkest stains...

Come and be my dream,
Just a silhouette of hope I see,
On the bed of thorns my body lies,
Awaiting the eternal sleep,
The pain we both did share,
Ment everything to me I swear,
Now without pleasure in the real world,
I shall dive in dreams, right there...

The creator of all the scars in the minds am I,
The real world Satan, hidden in every man,
The mirrors have two faces with the velvet signs of the pain,
Stories they may hide, they are no fairytales...

May I never close my eyes, for the pain the release of long-forgotten
Memories brings to me...
The Demons sleep in thee...