A comeback that has been slowly brewing since a few years now. DIVINE ELEMENT was the first band of SPECTRAL LORE's multi-instrumentalist Ayloss and vocalist Antonis, releasing their ambitious debut album back in 2010. Afterwards, the band paused operations and Ayloss took his brand of sprawling, epic metal songwriting to a more atmospheric turn with his solo project, yet the call to continue the story of DIVINE ELEMENT had always been strong within. Reuniting again and using for this recording the services of renowned technical death metal drummer Hannes Grossmann (Alkaloid, Blotted Science, Ex-Obscura, Ex-Necrophagist), "Thaurachs of Borsu" is the first chapter in many future ones to come, under a new and ambitious conceptual undertaking, the combination of metal with fantasy literature and world-making.
"Thaurachs of Borsu" is based on the same-titled novel written by Ayloss, which will be unveiled not long after the album release (to be followed by short stories from Antonis) set on a medieval fantasy universe envisioned by the band. The album chronicles the passage of a soldier through various levels of consciousness about the reality of war, human society and the fabric of the cosmos itself, as the gritty and daring warriors of his nation, Borsu, fight to regain their ancestral homeland from a much more powerful enemy.
Musically, “Thaurachs Of Borsu” ties together several styles of metal to serve the higher purpose of epic storytelling, although takes notice to never fall into the typical clichés of "soundtrack metal", keeping an old-school approach mostly centered around death and black metal of the heavy, melodic variety, with lead guitars leads often betraying their folkish influences, while DIVINE ELEMENT does not eschew the occasional progressive or technical touch.
released May 19, 2017
DIVINE ELEMENT is:
Ayloss – Gutars, Bass, Synths
Antonis – Vocals
Hannes Grossman – Session Drums
Composed and recorded during 2014-2015 in the Stellar Auditorium
Mixed in Unreal Studios by Nikos Dimitrakakos and Ayloss
Cover art by Matias Trabold Rehren
Layout by Francesco Gemelli
"Seven Banners, their fearsome emblems mirroring distant fragments of ourselves, familiar in shapes, yet forgotten in meaning. One Great Banner, stalwart and glorious, marching alongside it is our greatest hope, woven in-between its fabrics, are buried stories that we must someday put behind us". Μodrun took a few heavy steps towards the throne. In Thalldon's eyes, the horns of the Thaurach's Banner seemed to be protruding from the old warrior’s grey skull.
"One people can only have one story when they throw themselves willingly into Atengain's fiery embrace. It isn't if we march forward or not that we shall decide tomorrow, for we are Borsu and we charge forth as if we take air in and let it out; it is the pride in the minstrel’s voice of future ballads, and the title of our chapter in the Tomes of Lineage that we get to choose."
Track Name: Thaurachs Of Borsu
Stood in the mist for long
In a dreamless sleep
Kept silent, downtrodden
For many ages past
We will not go down, without a fight
We will not yield to ill-fated future
To be the first that draws the sword
Is to be the first that draws the fire
Yet, the tides of war have already come
Masqueraded as lifelong oppression
The slow invisible hand of the killer
Corroding Awareness and Judgment
The valley folk to the mountains’ slopes withdrew
Surrounded only by unwrought stone
The sea lords to the dry desert driven
Οswan roams frenzied in a soundless plain
Mestyr hangs discouraged with a rusting blade
And all hearts bellow in a silent wailing
A resignation to oblivion
I will not go down without a fight
I will not yield to ill-fated future
To be the first that draws the sword
Is to take burden over life and death
O' spirits of our ancestors
Cast your eyes upon us
And your curses, should not
Our hearts be pure and just our cause
But if in honor stand we abreast,
Imbue us with Might and Courage!
Hail the Thaurachs of Borsu!
Our ideals lie on top of a violent history
Determine who we are
Dispose of what we were
Regulate our destination
For neither peace nor war
Can exist without another
And those who vow to eternal peace
Shall lose but all of it, in vain
Track Name: Onto The Trail Of Betrayal
The world of men is cloaked under a veil of weakness
In fear of failing the great Oath to the Gods
One must rise above
The pettiness, the egoism
One must battle against
The tribalism, the division
Is there any man that never wished to change this world?
To wrong all ills, to bring vengeance upon the wicked
I will hunt down the trail of betrayal
The poisonous leeches within the heart of my city
One must battle against fatalism and indecisiveness
Embrace the unknown and enter the fray
One must rise above the self
And aim towards the noble idea, the Wholeness
If only willpower was the sole key to life…
Yet, the privileged still cower at the sight of necessity
Mobilized only by half-truths and high promises
There are as many layers to a man of wisdom
As there are facades to appease the ignorant
A web of untruth that serves them unknowingly
But then, how should all trust the man of wisdom?
Differing conceptions, antagonistic desires
Kin, kingdom, caste and belief
Each man never fights for just one thing
Who are then my people?
Are they those of my kin, or my spirit?
And what is my spirit?
An idea I've been fed, or something deeper?
I will fight against obscurity
I will fight for a cleansing light
Track Name: Beyond This Sea
Black Sails are gathering
So is pride in the hearts of men
At the port of Jadga
Ambition and prudence have clashed
And wrath was forged
In the blood of men
Beyond this Sea, I must find
Meaning through Force
Can I hold this sword (with Might)
When uncertainty sweeps all of my mind?
Beyond this Sea, now I must lead
To guide my brothers
Though myself, I'm being led
Through fire and steel
To a passageway home
Goddess of Wisdom
Place my forbidden knowledge
In the darkest corner of my mind
So I may go along with the stream
Of warlike and unknowing men
Yet leave me not to forget
My judgement and my freedom
Beyond this War, and the simple wants of men
Can I find a course of action
That echoes to Eternity?
Track Name: Interlude (The Point Of No Return)
"The deep silence of the sea was as morbidly deceptive as the unanimous cheering that accompanied the beheadings at Reddened Bay, and echoed still at the back of Thalldon's mind. He tried as hard as he could to suppress the disparity of recent events, for the sake of a congruent rhetoric that would shut off the analytic part of his mind for the coming hours, but the cracks were almost as big as the vast opening in the sky that the Borsu warships' crew suddenly witnessed.
The stench of untapped, raw magical energy filled the air and lit up the brazen auras of the army Sorcerers. Five ships, among which they were dispersed, went ahead in the formation and the chill of inevitability - of an irreversible course set forth - first struck the necks of the soldiers as if it were a real wave. All hell was about to break loose, not long after the outline of the coastal fortress city was clearly visible".
Track Name: Call Of The Blade
For those, whose mind and body never rests
For those, whose action speaks a thousand words
For those, that face their enemies up front
Who waver between excellence and destruction
As black fire rained from the sky, the sea roared
and waves the size of hills swallowed men and ships
Αt the other side, behind this chaos
we have set foot, as the earth still shook
The land speaks to me in an alien tongue
Though my blood was born in these shores
What will I find, if I dig to unearth these roots
The echo of old thoughts faints quickly here
As the collective energy rises triumphant
Powered by the fiery will of a few
The doubts of men are cast away
The grip on their weapons hardened
The rest of the world is eliminated
All power focused in one single spot
Waves of unseen energy
Bring us to our knees
Iron clashes with iron
New rivers birthed in red
No trace of mercy
This is total war
I hear the call of the blade
It screams of unlimited potential
A world that cannot be fathomed
Under ruminations of peace
What if I were to heed it?
That which is fiercely lived
Over that which solemnly admired
From a distance
We march forward, leaving nothing but scorched earth behind
The wailing of women, like music to our ears
The Gates of the City are now closed
Not even the screaming shall escape
It will resound from these walls
Back to us forever
Track Name: Traitor's Last Stand
Ideals that stayed into words
A coffin nail of false gold
When the dust settles
And tears run dry
You will know
The promise of a deeper reality
Of a meaning in the suffering of man
Has lead me here tonight
Into the dark night of the soul
The dice revealed their face
It spoke annihilation all along
Out of ulterior motives born
The Gods have asked for Fire and Death!
Who are you, mortal, to deny?
I deny the comfort of your egoistic schemes
Your victories will be naked in time
You will see your fake order collapse into dust
You will see your loved ones die before your very eyes
You will see civilization crumble into ruins
You will see men kill each other in madness
Your dreams withered away
Thus us life
Thus it has happened and will happen again
You will not be indifferent
You will not be untouched
You will take in your heart
All the tragedy of the world
You will still be there, in the thick of battle
For the last stand
For glory, For love, For hope,
For man's quest towards the eternal
Is carried on by a conscious, free sacrifice
Forgive them for their Eyes of Hatred
No one will ever know the truth
I see the fabric of the world unfold
There is something hidden underneath
A bright light emerges from the depths...
Track Name: Augury For A Shapeless Future
"The girl turned over the burnt armor with a groan, yet she saw nothing of the man that had so abruptly and inexplicably come to her aid. It was as if his flesh was eager to take leave from this world as soon as possible. She rose to her feet, her empty glance ignoring the dying moans of the last soldier crawling by the other side of the river and walked away from the once holy site, which was now devastated with unnatural power.
Black currents began swirling in the northern part of the sky, throbbing rhythmically, electrified as the space between them opened up like a shell. The soldier, in his final breaths, thought he caught a glimpse of a spectral and almost shapeless bird coming through a tunnel from the other side of the universe, to embrace the girl with its wings outstretched from the westernmost to the easternmost part of the valley.
The fallen armor shone for a glimpse of a moment in the darkness".