Aurorae

by Celestis

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Aurorae is Celestis' debut solo full-length release, and the first installment in a multi-album endeavor by Alexandre "Alyag" Popravko to explore the darker reaches of his perpetual introspective journey. Recorded and self-produced in its entirety in the many months between 2011 and 2013, Aurorae encompasses some of the earliest composed Celestis tracks -- some dating as far back as 2006 -- and captures them at the apex of their sonic evolution.

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released December 30, 2013

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Track Name: Skies Of War
Upon the windy deep, bashing against the ember shores
Ships of war arise like souls flying to their northern home
Wake the gods up from their sleep, to witness this charge of rage
Men are falling, women cry, blood is painted upon the sky

Take away the ones we love, place them in the hands of death
The gods will choose who lives and dies, no one shall be spared
A crimson sky above us now, demons have come to call
Upon the thunder of their bombs, to shred us down as we fall

We sought to fight for liberty
Under the skies of war.
Every man knows, only hell awaits
At the end of this bloody road.

There is nothing that we can do, when the world tears itself apart
Beneath the cries of mortal souls, the pleas to stop get drowned
I will plant a seed of life, and watch it as it grows
Between the ash and bone that’s left, into our future home
Track Name: The Calling
Bitterly stare into the glass
Wish for the things that've yet to pass
The vase begins to overflow
You scream and push but I'll not go

Sparks rise and fall, but never grow
Fate mocks and laughs, yet I won't let go
A life apart, no one ever knows
We're distant, alone and on our own

Spiraling into obscurity
Shapeshifting currents of our reality
I can never stay afloat
This maelstrom drags me down

Desire, chaos loom within me
As I'm screaming at the night
To save the strain I bottle it up
I'm pushing everything inside

Nowhere to run, no one to turn to
I made the bed that I'm laying in
How do I cross beyond the threshold
Atone at last for all my sins

How can I
Redeem myself in your eyes
How can we revive
What once was (what should be)

Virtue or not, patience does come with an expiry date.

I embrace the bitter taste
All these thoughts will go to waste
Won't you sing to me my sorrows,
I can relate

Where did it all go wrong?

How can I
Redeem myself in your eyes
How can we revive
What once was (what should be)
Track Name: Shadoweaver
Come forth the accused, with a grim tale to tell
The story of a man soul-bound to Hell
The mirror's reflection does not show you the monster
Your intentions were good, but the end brought you pain

For every good deed you've done seven wrong
You call it love, but you just string her along
On the path to self-destruction

Heart burning for a stranger's embrace
Clinging to shadows, wasting your days
Pursuing the secret lust of the dreamer

Watch me as I pass you by
Hear my silent screams
In the dead of the night, the lone howl of the wolf
I fuck it all up, yet the innocent bleed

Surrounded, I am circled like prey
My conscience overwhelms me
Whips of fire and the sinner's guilt
Now there's no one on my side

Promises you'll never keep
Climb the incline much too steep
Losing grip on the slippery slope
Now you've begun to lose all hope

Searched for beauty, lost the shore
Leave them all and bleed no more
Washed away by ocean currents
In the end where will you be?

Defaced and cast aside
You plummet from control
No broken wings to shield your bruises
You're losing your sense of self

Oblivious to the world around you
Glide through life like mist
Torching disrupting on your way to
Proverbial heaven, a paradise lost

Silver tongue, burning touch
You wanted the world, always taking too much
A taste of final collapse, ashes and dust
You always forget where you stand

Wracked with my charm, a derelict love
The river runs red, carrying down
Whispered desires, unfulfilled wishes
Drowned visions in haunted sleep

Ruby eyes in the fog - it is me
The demon of your fall
It is cold and soulless within this mist
Shall I take you with me

Now it is time to bid you farewell
Track Name: The Catalyst
Desired words
The serpent's grasp
Seep through your veins

False glints of hope
A spark of light
Souls embraced in flames

Abhorrent lies
Sweet poisoned fruit
Devastating games

Whispers in the night
Echo through your mind
Foreboding pain

I should've said it there and then
Yet all I did was delay the end
Now lost to me, I'm on the search again
Where did it all go wrong?

You serve the dark
You're the masters' apprentice
So sinister
The Catalyst
Hollow inside
You're the chaosweaver
Weave the end of time
The Catalyst

Silver tongue
Venomous words
Deceptive ways

A shadowed face
Mocking fate
Numbering your days

Blades in your back
Unmend your wounds
With crimson spray

Half-truths he spun
False hope he gave
And soiled your name

I should've said it there and then
But now I'm on the run
(I'll) find myself yet, but I don't know when
Just one look back, and then I'm gone

You serve the dark
You're the masters' apprentice
So sinister
The Catalyst
Hollow inside
You're the chaosweaver
Place pearls before swine
The Catalyst

Come forward you ignorant, step forth and see
Your anguish is born of your petty desires
Blinded and scorned, you conform and consume
Your light diminished by illusions of grandeur

I should've said it there and then
Yet all I did was delay the end
Now lost to me, I'm on the search again
Where did it all go wrong?

You writhe in pain, hiss through your teeth
And blame all this on me
But I know your kind, I see through your lies
I don't want you here with me

You serve the dark
You're the masters' apprentice
So sinister
The Catalyst
Hollow inside
You're the chaosweaver
Weave the end of time
The Catalyst
Track Name: This Perfect Storm
My dreams are of haunted visions
Gnarly black shapes slashing through the grain
Tearing me apart from the core to the shell
Sow the seeds of the soul-sickness in me


And I embrace the cold
Living for the perfect moment
Let it all go
I just want to be with you

You are the one
The one I've waited for
The one to claim the ages
I've found solace in you


Abstracted soul, abstracted mind
Forever living in the Hour of the Wolf
Her face - sheer beauty shining through the darkness
She is the catalyst within this perfect storm


And I embrace the cold
Living for the perfect moment
Let it all go
I just want to be with you

You are the one
The one I've waited for
The one to claim the ages
I've found solace in you

A dream never realized, love unrequited
I'd never stood a chance, but now you're back again
A single spark of hope shines through the darkness
You are the catalyst within this perfect storm
Track Name: Shifting Focus
My shifting focus wavelength
Unreceptive to my eyes
Your fingerprints remaining
Forever etched within my mind

And when the time pieces shatter
Our fates are paralleled
Your wary touch dissolves the ether
And drives me to believe

That in the cold winter reign
Your light will come to shine again
Unfold my broken wings,
Prevent my plunge into the pit

Without knowing it you caught me
With no credit to yourself
Lifting the veil of emptyness
Your essence fascinates my being

And when two lost souls come together
Thus binding into one
Project desires one to another
Is this what I've become?

And in the cold winter reign
Your light will come to shine again
Unfold my broken wings,
Prevent my plunge into the pit

This is the key that I have sought
Obsess, possess me, I care not
Our time is running out,
Destroy my fear, erase my doubt

Gaze into the abyss
It gazes also into me
Numbed senses bring you bliss
Retracting within me
Track Name: December's Lament
Falling
Snow is falling to the frozen earth
Through the trees
I tread upon forgotten paths
Striding
No witness to my rhythmic footsteps
In the night
Not a creature stirs within my sight

I gaze upon
An icy world stripped bare of essence
All that's left
Is but an empty shell
When you ask,
I will give it freely
And sacrifice
My own integrity

And I drown my sorrow in liquid desperation
Still it's nothing that can beat the human touch
And I reach out, but find only desolation
Won't you come and stay with me tonight

Speeding
On this deserted highway
Darkness
Descending on these empty streets
Torment
Rippling through all my senses
Tearing through
The walls that I have built

And I'm searching for another soul to guide my passion
Within the twilight where no free spirits roam
In the light of the dying sun, serenity
Won't you come stand next to me tonight

You took my hand and let me soar
Then clipped my wings and shut heaven's door
Sent crashing to the ground
And I'm right here, waiting

So let me drown within this glass
False hopes for things that will not pass
I stand exhausted and alone
My faith is all but gone

You are the missing link in my life
The one to cure all my sadness
You are the missing link in the chain
Detach and watch it all crumble
Track Name: Aurorae
(instrumental)
Track Name: Eternal Twilight
The evening twilight sinks upon the city silent
The world has gone to sleep
A lone stranger phases in and out of shadows
His soul absorbed into the deep

A liquid brew transcends emotion
He's just another player in this crazy game
Despite his luck he has a notion
Salvation comes; he doesn't know her name

Sweet melodies flow into my mind
I seek the light, but cannot find
How can this be, is my faith blind?
Where are you, can't you be mine?

The pale moonlight illuminates the path before me;
I slowly walk on, never looking back on what once was.
For an instant, an artifical glow surrounds me;
Then I'm swallowed by the shadows again.

Knocking on forbidden doors,
Ignoring the future and what has come before
I'm so far gone,
The past is dead to me

The spark of hope, a dying flame
So far, so far away from me
Another run has turned up empty
A farfetched hope and wasted time

I turn to see; there's no one there
To share with me the light of dawn
A glimpse of light from somewhere deep within
I am so lost; still I am so free.

Open my eyes, let me see the skies
Just one more look, before the heavens come crashing down
Walk with me on this shimmering path, and
Embrace the cold touch of the moon