June 18, 2011

PH on Bandcamp

Posted in Albums, General at 3:18 am by Matt

As of today, Potmos Hetoimos has a page on the pretty excellent music-sharing site, Bandcamp. Check it out at http://potmoshetoimos.bandcamp.com!

PH has previously kept to myspace and last.fm for music sharing. Myspace is plagued with issues, and I have not kept it updated. Last.fm is wonderful because they do not limit file size or length and allow free streams and downloads – what other free site would host the full version of Dance With Divinity? But, alas, last.fm is not without problems as well, namely how complex it is for those with limited internet savvy to navigate to the appropriate place to hear or obtain the songs, as well as the fact that (I believe) last.fm compresses downloadable mp3s to 128 kbps. Not nice.

Bandcamp offers the benefit of very, very simple streaming and downloading, and allows downloads in excellent quality. They can do this because they force you to upload lossless files (i.e., WAVs). The limitations are on file size (no lossless 2-hour songs) and on the quantity of free downloads; however, I don’t anticipate more than 200 people per month grabbing PH tracks from there. Overall, I think the advantages make it very worthwhile.

As of this posting, Evelyn is loaded onto the bandcamp site and Agatha is going up even as I type. I plan to also upload The Greater Gospel and Kingdoms; unfortunately, the first four PH albums do not exist in WAV quality and will therefore be relegated to the obscurity of last.fm and mediafire, etc. However, I may be able to recover The Millstone in lossless quality. The five-year anniversary of its release is coming up soon, after all…

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June 13, 2011

New art for old albums

Posted in Albums, Kingdoms, Proclaim Thy Judgment, Suffering The Storm at 7:59 pm by Matt

Because Potmos Hetoimos has always done internet releases instead of physical releases, cover art was a luxury rather than a necessity. This led to some of the earlier PH albums being released without artwork. Well, good friend and collaborator Raleigh decided to rectify that problem by designing art for all the previously naked albums – and he’s done an excellent job.

First, he tackled “Suffering the Storm”, PH’s third full-length:

Then he put together this piece for 2008’s “Kingdoms”:

And now he has put together a lovely image for the very first PH album, using the gothic “PH” previously seen on “The Millstone” and “Dance With Divinity”:

Look forward to more of Raleigh’s imagery on future PH releases!

June 1, 2011

Evelyn

Posted in Albums, Evelyn at 4:07 am by Matt

Here it is – available for stream or download!

You can stream or download individual tracks at potmoshetoimos.bandcamp.com
or in this convenient embedded player!

or you can download the whole album in a zip file (in high v0 quality) at www.mediafire.com/?75m4u2lmghdc556
and if you haven’t seen the teaser yet, check it out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOTKnPJOMY0

“Evelyn” is a prequel set five years before the events of “Agatha”. It tells the story of a very old widow who is experiencing dreams in which she possesses the body of a younger woman, enabling her to live out fantasies she is no longer able to in reality. But as she begins to experience resistance, as if the dream-woman is fighting for her own consciousness, Evelyn realizes the visions may not be fantasy after all. The full lyrics are below.

The compositions on this album are, I believe, the best PH has ever offered. Production is mostly good, not perfect, but an improvement over “Agatha”. I am excited to present this album; if you are a fan of doom, sludge, post-metal, or just previous Potmos Hetoimos, I think you’ll enjoy this album.

Thanks for listening!

Evelyn – 1 – “Artifact”

Posted in Evelyn at 2:59 am by Matt

All alone, in this rotting home
No man beside, three years gone
No child born of this barren womb
All alone, in this living tomb

Evelyn groaned
As her heart grew cold
And her body broke
From the weight of her soul
Evelyn sighed
As her veins ran dry
And her body died

In dream, my bleak surroundings melt away
All color, bright and vivid, fills my sight
In dream, this empty shell is left behind
I am a new creature in the world outside

Evelyn – 2 – “Lucidity”

Posted in Evelyn at 2:58 am by Matt

Now dead, now alive
My blood runs, vicarious
Now living, now free
She’ll do anything for me

Driver
Occupant of a foreign form
Total control
No resistance

Passenger
Subject to another’s force
Losing control
Inconsistent

My mind swings like a pendulum
Between dream and wake,
But even in times of lucidity
Suffers pain it cannot take

Evelyn – 3 – “Obscurity”

Posted in Evelyn at 2:58 am by Matt

Through my fogless eyes
Pass familiar sights
The ancient domicile
Within which I reside

The invaded mind quakes with fever
Uncertain of its cognizance
An unknown hovel bears
Bizarre attraction

This meeting must be precluded
My dreams must not be realized
I will keep myself secluded
Beyond the path of her wandering gaze

The invaded mind convulses with nausea
Straining to expel its indweller
The fledgling brain turns to battlefield
As two souls war for possession

My mind decays as my body
I have no strength for this struggle
The obfuscation is useless
Come, child, and find your answers
Come, child, and find your answers

Evelyn – 4 – “Reunion”

Posted in Evelyn at 2:57 am by Matt

Walk this road, this is where you shall find me
Take this path, this is where our souls shall meet
With her strength, I carry her body to myself
My only prayer, that she can be released
And I can be free

I lie breathless as she opens the door
I open the door
I lie breathless as she opens the door
I open the door
And in an instant…
In an instant I am known
Clear of mind, she sees her conscious captor
Fair and hale, this child, the daughter I never bore
She holds a part of my soul inside her
Separated until their time is complete

Evelyn – 5 – “Liberator”

Posted in Evelyn at 2:53 am by Matt

My days are far beyond redemption
My time is worthless in this world
My body weakens by the hour
My soul seeks refuge in your youth

Maribel, set yourself free
Return my spirit unto me
Surrender my hiding soul

Maribel, set me free
Give my heart its blessed release
Liberate me from these deceitful dreams

A glass to commemorate what never was
What never will be
Blood rushes to my head
I drink this scarlet to the dregs
And disappear.

(epilogue)
She is free, I am my own once more
Yet our bond remains a mystery
To bear another’s soul with mine
Begs the simple question, why?
Who am I?