ignis mutat res

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Out of print.

Recorded at Watchman Studios in Lockport, NY, between October 2002 and October 2003.

All lyrics written by Joshua Levi Ian, except Track 7, taken from R.M. Rilke.
Released on Eis und Licht Verlag, Dresden.
EIS040

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released May 1, 2004

Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Vocals - Joshua Levi Ian
Keyboards, Dulcimer, Backing Vocals - Kevin Sweet
Percussion, Chimes, Vocals - Kathryn Cielewich Gentzke
Percussion, Electronics, Backing Vocals - S. A. Hallinan
Violin, Cello - Philip Conjerti

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Track Name: daybreak
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni

We bring the daylight
This force and this fire
For the false, a funeral pyre…

We bring the daybreak
a sword from above
As sharp as the thrust of love…

We bring this season
Past death or rebirth
To forge in the fires of earth…

We are spirits of a different season
We are breath
From a distant wilderness
The definition is eluded
The time left behind…
We are held out
Spinning into void…
New temples of light
Erected to be destroyed.
Shadows whose cast
Proceeds the dawn
We are the death of nights slumber
And the fire that brings the new day on…
Track Name: rosa mundi
THE ROSE OF THIS WORLD
THE ROSE OF THIS WORLD
THE ROSE OF THIS WORLD…
IS ITS THORNS…
IT’S SKY,
BANNERS RAGGED AND TORN.
ABOVE, THE SLATE GREY OF THE TOMB.
BELOW, THE RECEIVING BLACK OF THE WOMB.

FROM STAR LIGHT,
TO BLANK NIGHT…
WE DRIFT IN DREAMS.
FROM STAR LIGHT,
TO BLANK NIGHT…
WE DRIFT IN DREAMS,
WE DRIFT IN NULLITY…

THE ROSE OF THIS WORLD,
IS ITS THORNS,
THE THORNS OF THIS WORLD
ARE ITS ROSE.

FROM NOTHING
HENSE NOTHING.
NO WILL TO DEPOSE.

FROM BIRTH RITE
TO FINAL NIGHT
OUR FATE IS SEALED AND CLOSED.

LIKE THE WINGED BIRD IN FLIGHT,
OUR PREDICTIONS FALL.
BLIND OMISSIONS ALL…

STAGGER, EYES BURNED BY THE SUN.
THE VIOLENCE OF EVENTIDE,
ALL BUT BEGUN
THE SKY RED WITH HOPES
MYARTERED AND ROPED
TO A STONE GOD OF WATER,
A LAMB HUED BY SLAUGHTER.

HERE-IN GROWS,
THE PAIN OF THIS WORLD AND ITS ROSE…
(THE SWEETEST ROSE, NEAR THE SHARPEST THORN GROWS…)
Track Name: in the hidden fields
This step away from paradise
This falling into eternity
This is a step without intention
An absolution of identity

And this harvest moon
Of blood dreams
This sullen smoke gray wraith
Amidst the blossoming of moments
Permits a tiny act of faith

And a crown of stolen fire
For the wages of our longing
And the ashes of ideals
Conceal the secrets of our dreaming

We enter into this life
Blind shadows in our minds
And the fear of the future bleeds out
From the fear of what we have left behind
A thousand nights spent
In the confines of our flesh
As we seek to curse or bless
This existence and this emptiness
Glass figures in our minds
They parade through empty-time
Grininng small mouths
They will devour
Every second and every hour
Every moment we lay
Parted from ourselves
From this wilderness
Beyond these walls…

And in the hidden fields we will find
The truth that time has left behind
And in the hidden fields we will see
It was always you and me

And in the hidden fields we will find
The inner fire of our minds
And in the hidden fields we will see
Our souls in eternity…
Track Name: distance
There’s a place that I know
Deep inside the pain of life
Where the shadows of our lights
Lie and wait for sacred night.

There’s a trembling in my hands
A sad and slow will to touch
The silence and the nullity
That echo deep within me.

So take my hands and hold
The confines of my soul,
So take my eyes to see…
For I can’t understand
No, I can’t understand…

There’s a path that twist before me
A hollow fragile road
And I can touch it’s longing
It’s far before I touch it’s promise
I can see the stars, dim, sterile, bright and far
As they echo out behind me,
In a slight October breeze…

So take my heart and feel
And take my limbs to walk
The way is waiting here
Amongst the symbols of our fear…
And I can’t understand,
No I can’t understand…

And the voice carries me
But I can’t understand…
And the silence swallows me
But I can’t understand…
And the sky opens me
But I can’t understand,
No I can’t understand…

So take my eyes to see
Take my ears to hear
Take my hands to touch,
For in the hollows of the heart
Reason is torn apart,
And I can’t understand
No I can’t understand…
Track Name: europe's green remnants
Through Europe’s green remnants,
Sun-stained and imperial
The trees rise, flag banners in gray skies.
The scars of soil, and agenda
And words written-against flesh
And here in the darkness
We blur, we blend, and we mesh…


I can no longer reach out…
Without touching.
I can no longer out-reach…
Touching without.

But still the stars seem
Cruel and warm by turns
The illusion of our memory
Still writhes and burns.
(…writhes and burns…)

The echoes of time
Never close to forgiving…
The dead are never buried,
Far from the living.
(…and still we cry out…)

The ruins of things
I have never known whole,
The pits of sacrifice,
I have never seen unused…
They used to be mere image,
Phantoms unfettered by flesh.
Now as they fall-
They fall around me.
And now as they fly-
They circle inside me.
They consume me,
And I assume them…

Changing before one can cling
To a single step
In the course of consistency…
All exercises are futility
But for one…
All prayers are empty
But for one…

(The shimmering on and on of lights eternal…)

Now there is fire
and all is consumed
the sentinels
turn their faces
oscillating between
day and night…
I choose their names
Written across doorways
And Forged into keys
By our desire…
By our binding,
And the path itself disappears
Into our feet
As we become
Journey and direction
Full-filled within flesh
We are one
And the track it disappears
Beneath a Budapest train
We are one
Journey and direction
Full-filled within flesh
(we are one…)

The stars are phoenix-like
Consumed and assumed…
Lost and longing
Reunited to cease,

To assimilate
One with morning
All robed by eternity
And her purples…
Track Name: horizon
I’m tired
And into this night I slip
While blue branches
Break against the sky
The shadows pass
And the emptiness fills
While blue branches
Pull down the sky

And into this night
Of symbols I turn
And return to secrecy
A child’s summer legacy
And return to secrecy
To lay down the ghost
In me

And into this night
Of symbols I burn
And pushing past misery
I will ignite this memory
And pushing past misery
This foolish gray tragedy

There are birds that dot
The horizon
There are times
When I just can’t
Go on
There are moments
That empty all reason
With a season that
Dances towards ice

And into this night
Of symbols I turn
And return to secrecy
A child’s summer legacy
I will return to secrecy
To lay down the ghost
In me

And into this night
Of symbols I burn
And pushing past misery
I will ignite this memory
And pushing past misery
This foolish gray tragedy

(I will go, alarmed at these dreams
alive and blue black screams
To the world below – the shadows in the snow
These pictures that wind, and bind the roots
Of ashen barked time
We ascend –
Now in substance,
Now in distance
Two small black scars
Hidden wounds
In a sea of stars
This victory is fleeting
Its hands holding
Then retreating
Before this arch of terrors
Bends back
Holds sway
Or sweeps this all
Beyond the bleak day
Sun fades
And the morning bleeds out
Swollen around the foliage
And bent into trees
These sounds and souls
On breath and breeze
Aching for release
A consistent thread
Winds our paths – entwined
In day – in dread…)
And into this night
Where the shadows
Pull tight
And into this night
We shall go…
Track Name: lange musst du leiden (the angels)
Lange musst du leiden, kennend nicht was,
bis plötzlich aus gehässig erbissener Frucht
deines Leidens Geschmack eintritt in dir.
Und da liebst du schon fast das Gekostete. Keiner
redet dirs wieder aus.

After this nothingness, after this passage
Through flesh and boundary.
After this wandering…
Abandoned landscapes
Barefoot marching,
Through a silence
Only god sees…
Through a violence
And a cessation
Of all sighs
And all summers.
A barren hearth
Where the roots
Twist inwards
Sink-and-dissipate.
Where dawn
Turns backwards
And flees into reversal
Words fall apart
Syllables dangle
From swollen veins,
Then empty
Like autumn
Like a house devoid of life
Like a house devoid of light

No dwelling
No life
No secret green
At the end of this night…
But then,
In a moment…

We stop
We stare
We turn
We fall prey…

“And where,
Where are the angels?
Strange dreams
In distant skies…”

“And where,
Where are the angels?
Shall they come swiftly
For you hand i…
For you and i?”

And how shall they
Receive us?
There hands like iron,
Held out to the sky…
Track Name: weep not
We have seen
The pregnant skies,
Give birth to clouds
Give birth to lies…

We have seen
this haunted earth
lost beneath
the tides of blood birth…

we have seen
this sacred heart
born as a sparrow
then torn apart…

we have seen with grieving eyes,
but we have seen…with no surprise.

We have tasted
This bitter fruit
From the soil of the heart
And its poisoned roots…

We have seen the mother fall
The father slain
And now the child crawls…

We have stood behind the crowd
Surrounded by shadows
These ideals of the proud…

We have seen through tear stained eyes,
But we have seen …with no surprise.

weep not, not for this world
for it’s faces and fires unfurled
weep not, not for this world
for it’s faces and fires unfurled
and we weep…
Track Name: phoenix
I am the phoenix and the flame
I consume myself…
Then assume myself again.

Consume-assume-remain…
This fire a forge of pain
Consume-resume-again…
A repose within the flame.

“In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni”
Track Name: a season apart
A premonition
A definition…

Life tearing away
From patchwork and muted gray
Stolen back, and given meaning…
A turn out of season…

A final escape
Past the confines of reason
A madness that refreshes
And brings in its wake
A new wilderness

An unmapped truth
And a summer of possibilities
Pain, and her abilities
To find fire in stone
To find fire in stone…

One together a multitude
But always all together
In being alone
And one together a multitude
But we’re all together
We’re all alone…

This solitude this stance against sky
Where the small storms pass
Where these gods come to die
And return to sky
To freedom and void

Where nothing is fallen
Enveloped or destroyed
Where nothing is fallen
And nothing is destroyed
And nothing is destroyed

And waking new Adam
From this dust and this clay
And burning the flesh
Until the spirit gives way
Until the spirit gives way


This rune carved in skin
Yet deeper within
This rune carved in skin
Yet deeper…

And hard through the night
The rain and its flight
Driven like tears
Like tears to the ground
Driven Like tears to the ground

And waiting in darkness
The spirits that haunt us
And waiting in darkness
They flocked madly around
They flocked madly around

Time arose from his throne
The passage behind had opened
Eternity embraced her home
And the features of his face
Reached out,
Then disappeared
A leering specter
Once false substance and menace
Now enveloped in distance
Reeling as he passed
Into the ground of dead ideals
Relinquishing the lines
The boxes and crimes
That hold life to definition
This limit and prison
That hold life to definition
Your limit is your prison

Void, night now smiled
The hunt will demand darkness
Stark, shadow and fear
The deepest black falls
When the light crawls near

This rune is carved in skin,
Yet deeper within
This rune is carved in skin
Yet deeper…

A torch in the hand
And a hammer at heart
A voice in the wilderness
And a season apart
Track Name: daybreak ii
We bring the daylight
This force and this fire
For the false, a funeral pyre…

We bring the daybreak
a sword from above
As sharp as the thrust of love…

We bring this season
Past death or rebirth
To forge in the fires of earth…

We bring the daybreak