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CRIMSON CODEX

A whispered legend
Grimoire lost to time
The Crimson Codex
I knew, I knew it must be mine

My search began on Le Rue Des Mortes
My old rival, the bokor
Sense of unease gripped me
As I beheld the shattered door
Signs of recent struggle told
That foes were on this track
But none yet knew what I now found
The map upon the corpse’s back

Archaic tome of magick
Dark spells not of this earth
I must possess this wisdom
My only hope to lift this curse

Solo: C. Skildum

Through gaslit alleys
I fled the grisly scene
Pursued by shadows
A lucid fever dream

Moonlit necropolis
Deep loss like open wounds
I sought the inverted torch
Among the rows of tombs
I cracked the bricks and reached inside
Through ash to the caveau
It was here I found the moonstone
As it began to glow

Archaic tome of magick
Dark spells not of this earth
I must possess this wisdom
My only hope to lift this curse

In my hand, the glowing stone
A voice spoke in my head
A place I knew, the catacombs
Dominion of the dead
Cave walls lined with leering skulls
Eternal haunting smiles
I felt old witchery
Primitive and vile

CRIMSON CODEX
Music: M. Kirkwold / C. Skildum
Lyrics: C. Skildum

A whispered legend
Grimoire lost to time
The Crimson Codex
I knew, I knew it must be mine

My search began on Le Rue Des Mortes
My old rival, the bokor
Sense of unease gripped me
As I beheld the shattered door
Signs of recent struggle told
That foes were on this track
But none yet knew what I now found
The map upon the corpse’s back

Archaic tome of magick
Dark spells not of this earth
I must possess this wisdom
My only hope to lift this curse

Through gaslit alleys
I fled the grisly scene
Pursued by shadows
A lucid fever dream

Moonlit necropolis
Deep loss like open wounds
I sought the inverted torch
Among the rows of tombs
I cracked the bricks and reached inside
Through ash to the caveau
It was here I found the moonstone
As it began to glow

Archaic tome of magick
Dark spells not of this earth
I must possess this wisdom
My only hope to lift this curse

In my hand, the glowing stone
A voice spoke in my head
A place I knew, the catacombs
Dominion of the dead
Cave walls lined with leering skulls
Eternal haunting smiles
I felt old witchery
Primitive and vile

At last I found the glowing skull
Partner to the stone
Behind the bones, I found my claim
Behold, the crimson tome!
I cast a desperate spell before I could be found
The cave collapsed, I clawed free of heaving ground

I knew my foes would not look kindly on defeat
Book in hand I fled to my sanctum in retreat
Elation melts away, my heart begins to sink
Page by page, blank but for my name in sanguine ink!

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from Under The Regolith, released October 19, 2018
Music: M. Kirkwold / C. Skildum
Lyrics: C. Skildum

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Antiverse Minneapolis, Minnesota

Supernatural death metal.

2019 lineup:

Drums: Mike Paradise (Hive / Disembodied / Martyr AD / Threadbare)

Vocals/Guitar: Carl Skildum (Obsequiae / Inexorum / Threadbare / Majesties)

Vocals/Guitar: Matthew Kirkwold (Inexorum / Majesties)

Bass: Jason Bauer (Downside / Our Gracious Captors) 1973 - 2019. Forever loved.
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