Cracked Mirror

by Sombre Ecstasy

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This is the first EP released by Philadelphia death metal band Sombre Ecstasy. Comprised of guitarists Jeffrey Bonvicin and Christopher Stermel, the duo strive to create and mold something new using elements of all forms of extreme heavy metal. Armed with simultaneous 7- and 6-string guitars, their goal is to mesh various sounds, textures, and chords and shape them into coherent and original melodies and rhythms.

The band has openings for bass, drums, and potentially a vocalist.

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released July 1, 2017

7-String Guitar: Chris Stermel
6-String Guitar: Jeff Bonvicin
Bass: Chris Stermel/Jeff Bonvicin
Vocals: Chris Stermel
Lyrics: Chris Stermel
Drum Programming: Chris Stermel

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Track Name: Into the Jaws of Death
(Verse)
First wave of the infantry
Objective: claim the beach
Wading through blood and bile
As friends' and families' corpses pile

Giant caltrops line the sand
Men forced to trudge towards solid land
Gunned down by artillery
Shrapnel piercing lungs and arteries

(Pre-Chorus)
The dark, crimson wave, of death abounds you
Into, grasping hands, from depths to drown you

(Chorus)
Gunfire, none shall survive
As we tread through the rising tide
Bullets and helmets collide as the
Soldiers of misfortune face their demise

Relay the sitrep
Clear your way north
Breach their defenses and march your way forth

Retaliation
Our only recourse
Maintain your focus to remove the source

(Verse)
Defuse the traps, reroute, the course is clear
Assemble as a unit, everyone shall persevere
Heavy fire brings you down to the mound
As the captain devises a plan to propound

Advancing position, accumulating casualties
Limited ammunition, divert, reform a strategy
Reluctantly looting the fallen's supplies
While avoiding the pain-stricken looks in their eyes

(Pre-Chorus)
Eviscerated, stripped of all provisions
Grasping the verity of death's acquisition

(Chorus)
Gunfire, none shall survive
As we tread through the rising tide
Bullets and helmets collide as the
Soldiers of misfortune face their demise

Stormed at with shot and shell
Into the Jaws of Death
Into the mouth of Hell
Marching with tenuous breath

(Solo)

(Pre-Chorus)
Blood-drenched, head to toe, D-Day victorious
Corpses litter the beach, our gains inglorious

(Chorus)
Shots fired, we sparsely survived
As we trod through the riding tide
With vengeance, surrender denied
As the leftover soldiers exalt those who died

Stormed at with shot and shell
Into the Jaws of Death
Into the mouth of Hell
Marching with bated breath
Track Name: The Spiral
(Chorus)
And The Spiral begins again

(Verse)
Light seeps in, the shadows deliquesce
From the spiraling pit, I begin to emerge
Life seeps in, emotions repossessed
Spirit rekindled, depression submerged

Caressing the textures of the microcosm
Basking in the resplendence of existence
How long does the optimism blossom before I feel the grasp of dejection's subsistence?

Exploit the wanton delight
Omit the fear inside
Revel in the freedom
Never let go

You actually have no control

(Chorus)
And The Spiral deepens again

(Verse)
I just want out

No control (x6)
I just want out (repeat 3x)
Track Name: Cracked Mirror
(Verse)
Fingers traveling across the atramentous glass
Shattered lens records and sends your files where cyber crowds amass
Virtual reactions validate the worthless life you lead
Documenting useless pulp and advancing as a dying breed

Gathering amongst the crowd all raising their black mirrors
Living through a screen when life around you can't be clearer
Seven-second blip recordings entertaining endlessly
Just press the circular arrow and satiate your primal needs

(Chorus)
Brain devoid within a stream
Cracked black mirror reigns supreme

(Verse)
Let the mirror transmit that sex and drugs are the worst addictions
While globally promoting and condemning all decisions
Stimulating fear amongst the general population
Spreading fraudulent data to mar communication

On smart devices foolish people vent to make themselves feel special
Mind vacuous of stimulation A tragic hollow worthless vessel
Eternal walls displaying and exploiting people's fears
Buried by the privilege and cacophony of cheers

(Chorus)
Moral empathy dismantled
Attention span has been shackled
Brain devoid within a stream
Cracked black mirror reigns supreme

(Solo)

(Chorus)
Watching screen within a screen
Sterilize experienced dreams
Brain devoid within a stream
Cracked black mirror reigns supreme
Track Name: In the Doldrums
(Verse)
Adrift upon the open sea
Suppressed winds, oppressive heat
Half the crew is plagued with sickness
In the doldrums, gods abandon and deceive

We pray for days receive no answers
Fatalities pile by the hour
It's time that we renounce the masters
The gods desert the loyal
And so I declare my heresy

(Solo)

(Verse)
Come morning the ship is struck by wanton wind
The divines have met with my demands
Waves swelling with unnatural force
Have we been blessed or have we been damned?

Alarmed signal from the crow's nest
A storm has been spotted to the West
I embrace the gods' cruel retribution
The remaining men wait with unrest