Earth To Earth

by Arctic Sleep

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In Arctic Sleep's third studio album, Keith D welcomes back co-founder and fellow riff-writer Mike Gussis and new drummer Nick Smalkowski in their latest slow-burner, "Earth To Earth." . This recording further demonstrates Arctic Sleep's signature sound of sluggish tempos, a super-heavy rythm section, down-tuned riffing, and whispery vocals all weaving a series of dynamics ranging from quiet, contemplative moments of introverted vulnerability to cosmic waves of absolute, monolithic loudness... all done with a keen sense for hooky melodies. With this release, the music reaches further beyond the constraints of any genre of heavy music, incorporating more acoustic arrangements, more psychedelic droning passages, and cello. As with Arctic Sleep's previous work, the ambiguous lyrical themes continue to be rich with imagery of nature and space, all hazed with a looming atmosphere of sweet sorrow.

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released January 1, 2010

Keith D - guitar, vocals, acoustic, cello, bass, drones, chimes, keys
Mike Gussis - guitar, noise
Nick Smalkowski - drums and percussion

All songs by Keith D and Mike Gussis, except "One Day We Will All Be Dust" written by Keith D.

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Track Name: One Day We Will All Be Dust
oceanic portals opening
a bed of blue-green seaweed
descending rays of sun....

halls of purple ivy
ascending to the gardens
a realm of understanding....

illuminate our sight-path
that we may see the truth
and leave this all behind....

and in your shining moment
take comfort in the thought
that one day we'll be dust .
Track Name: Destroying Angel
the storm that bent the oaks has come to set us free
infinite as space is looming, stirring in the trees
and as we fall beneath the rain
the sky melts into the lake

as sure as it will end
with solitude it's cleansed
and i am your destroyer
the static dream is dead

destitution in the vacuum, the seraphim remain
to sanctify the arteries that drown us as they drain
as the sun dissolves from our space
in her arms, the angel's embrace

the energy will bend
return to earth again
and i am your destroyer
the static dream is dead
Track Name: Hemlock Shadows
i tried to find the star
the one you showed me all those times, I can't remember
but now the sky's so dark
and telescopes could never see that far...

the sanctuaries that once shined are cinders on the ground
memory's extinguished and there's nothing left here now
silence of the oracles and gardens in the night
these sheets of black and burial shrines are poison to my eyes...

i tried to let it go
relinquished in the embrace of the snow
the twilight sky is dimmed
earth to earth... it's coming to an end...

the specter in the spiral staircase leading me straight down
glowing dimly in the passages we found
lost it to eternity, and everything is gone
fallen silent in our final setting sun....
Track Name: Mossweaver
sanctuaries shine
a cloak of greenery unconfined
a morning in deep space
moonset over dimming light rays

tending to the vines
stay so high
a birthplace or a grave
so haunting beyond the ships remains

let it all return
immersing only once
the hydrous atmospheres
collapse into you


and when it all returns
ascending to the sun
solar winds and spirits
pass right through you

compass cracks in two
empyreal radiance in lowlands bloom
confluence of the skies
eternities elapse at moonrise

catherdral of the moth
the shaded temples are so distant
contorted roots unscathed
light years shimmer in the passing waves

let it all return
immersing only once
the hydrous atmospheres
collapse into you


and when it all returns
ascending to the sun
solar winds and spirits
pass right through you
Track Name: Wintercreeper
Auroras on the moons horizon
Uneven waves distort the flames
Communication lines are severed
I've always wanted it this way
The tides will cleanse me of the sorrow
and this will be my final day.