Æon of Humanity I - The Heliograph

by Jupiter's Incense

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1.
Well, I'll be damned! Is this the time that I admit perverted motives to a crime that I have yet to commit? May I be justified commiserating or creating all the reasons you're no longer alive And will I answer my own prayers, or be stuck splitting every hair? I mean to cast aside the veil! Swimming through excuses Clinging to a sharpened ledge Nullified abuses The smell of ozone fills the air And the baron in the tower, fearing the jury on the stair Has locked me in his quarters Tied to this silver chair! And with no ax to grind - Struggle to lessen all the needful things I've done With biting cords still tightening around my heart The ghost of disbelief will slick the spear of the untrue Found a taste for all you've given me Ammo in the chamber of this forced analogy Fell right in hole I dug for everyone to see Leave this grave unmarked and bleach my name with apathy You left me Every time I put a pen to the page I'm always silenced by a single question “How can I do you justice with this written word?” And it's not for a lack of wanting; It is the nature of a boundless love I will do right by you
2.
Redact any trace of the human blight Keen in all your clever designs This skeleton malign A wraith of reckless ire “I've felt the pull this hate allows! I am the hurt built just to keep you out!” A rot of birdsong forms your lies The ink scabbing on the edge of your knife In this seek we place our find The bleached mask you lurk behind Obfuscate the nature of our youth The echoes whisper of the stifled truth You are the picture of him; the “Great Altruist” Your will: a sagging mortar in this empire of broken bricks Signal fires will light our way Their smoke flirting with the ancient decay Here, beneath the milky way Our past we face to slay Pray for a way out of this Before we're walled inside your Ancient Obelisk “Your eyes will feed the crows! Ground between my teeth and mechanical bones!” Because sticks and stones may break this throne.
3.
"Please, stay with me..." Born of the needle that joined your taste to my name Is your pain the only weight you'd have me bear? Come, deface your progeny Mind and heart, sword and sheath In the narrows of my bones, where courage sleeps I can't save us from the daeva inside you Offer myself in place of what you'd surely have me do Never a savior, but it's the standard I will bear To tempt a liar’s favor Dispute not their claims of an “afterlife” Where only the willing Speak of a future undermined by mortal illusion I face my grave damning the ease of surrender Verisimilar defeat Ever the Haunted One Twisted in your corpse Wearing the skin like a cancer Abyssal arbiter to all I’ve lost “The earth will shake!!” Demoness, my demoness Healer - stolen in your form At most... feel the air gone wrong Carried it with you, buried in the salt that knits your wounds When reality unravels You’d crawl from this
4.
Our lasting hope was lost at sea Mourning stars giving way to skies of misery To cure this broken little race We’d need a fix stronger than anything - And everything, you gave. I am ignited; illuminate the air in effigy Dearly departed, bequeath to us the wisdom that we seek I found new purpose in your wake Benighted as we were Fleeing the provenance we’d made But the wolves wait at the door How will I circumvent your ghost When I’m longing for the undertow? Save your breath, contextualize a sense of self-control Lay to rest the feelings I so long for you to know You’d have me only for yourself But the ending for my odyssey exists with someone else A pendulum weighted with lust (rust, trust) Every revolution made; another ransom left in dust Come as a beggar or a thief Beg, cheat, or steal to ease your need For a temporary hush to the loudness of this love Deliver us Deliver us.

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released April 21, 2017

Jupiter's Incense is:
Will Gardner • Guitars, Vocals
Todd Pope • Drums
Cole Sweat • Keys, Vocals
Jody Wolford • Guitars, Vocals
Michael Zimmerman • Bass, Vocals

Music by Jupiter's Incense
Lyrics by Will Gardner & Michael Zimmerman
Guest Vocals by Philip Laughlin
Samples in "The Baron in the Tower" taken from Sir John Hurt's reading of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 147

Mixed and produced by Will Gardner

Recorded at Agamemnon Studios
Artwork by Matt Slay
Design and layout by Will Gardner

Jupiter's Incense thanks our families, friends, and you.

Dedicated to Eric Schar

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