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An Essential Catharsis

by Chronic Twilight

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1.
Rabid 04:17
Rabid Lyrics and Music by Michael Louis Put me in a little box Prove your beliefs are a paradox Don’t let me in your little flock Keep me out of sight, just enough to scoff You brag of your open mind But your loyalties waver on a dime You’re not a creature of the night You’re too damned scared to turn off the lights You’re not a child of the dark You’re just a rabid dog, with a weak and dying bark You huddle with your friends Dressed in black, set to play pretend Judging every other choice Hushing every other voice You’re not a creature of the night You’re too damned scared to turn off the lights You’re not a child of the dark You’re just a rabid dog, with a weak and dying bark If it’s not in your worldview You shame, you shame, you shame, and subdue And the choices you pretend to make They’re not your own, when your image is at stake You’re not a creature of the night You’re too damned scared to turn off the lights You’re not a child of the dark You’re just a rabid dog, with a weak and dying bark You’re not an authority You’re Just a self-made minority You’re not a creature of the night You’re too damned scared! You’re too damned scared!
2.
Mark of Cain Lyrics and music by Michael Louis No one will know you, no one will see you No one will touch you except for me I am yours, to treasure and obey Forever, from today Your life is mine, your name is no more Take your place at my feet And she said brand me, own and command me Give me your badge of shame She said control me, break and console me Give me the mark of Cain Mark of Cain I will display you, restrict and weigh you Judge you to your delight I’ll serve you to court and kings unknown And claim you flesh and bone I am your future, your past forgotten Take your place on your knees She said please choke me, taunt and provoke me Give me your badge of shame She said please use me, blind and confuse me Give me the mark of Cain Give me the mark of Cain She said please breed me Like a stray dog, you crave discipline, to be owned and chained And your submission, grants me permission, to use you here and now And she said brand me, sternly command me Give me your badge of shame She said control me, break and console me Give me the mark of Cain She said please choke me, taunt and provoke me Give me your badge of shame She said please use me, blind and confuse me Give me the mark of Cain And give me the mark of Cain She said please breed me, possess and bleed me Give me the mark of Cain
3.
The Anatomy of Poison Lyrics and music by Michael Louis Accuse me of a bad mistake But don’t expect a vain retake I’m sure we all agree, I can’t feign sincerity I’m through with holding guilt With it, nothing can be built And consequence be damned I’ll survive wherever I should land The time has come to cut the ties Time to burn that old disguise I won’t sit here lost in shame When all that we share is a name The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison, keeps us frozen The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison, backward motion I turned away from where I stood No, I don’t believe in brotherhood And I’ll never circle back To race an uphill track Call me selfish, call me wrong Self-obsessed, and too headstrong Hear my silent legacy Don’t wait on my apology The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison, backward motion The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison, keeps us frozen The anatomy of poison, backward motion The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison, keeps us frozen Backward motion I took my life and ran like Hell Some things I refuse to sell I held tight to my sanity And granted myself amnesty The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison, backward motion The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison, keeps us frozen The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison The anatomy of poison Time has come to cut the ties Time to burn that old disguise I won’t sit here lost in shame When all that we share is a name The Anatomy of Poison Backward motion
4.
Union of Despair Lyrics and Music by Michael Louis Lost in a fog that never clears Missing time by countless years Held down by uncertainty The clock ticks ruthlessly Headlong into regret, Wishing we had never met (Union of despair) Despair! Isolated in the void You and I, both destroyed Lost hope and futile rage Our calamity takes center stage Wistful thoughts and moot lament How my life came and went Love is cruel, and it is crude So desperate to watch us feud (Union of despair) I stay stagnant in regression A demon bent on repossession Loitering in a tired host Giving flesh to a tired ghost Silent in my self-defeat I sink into self-deceit Too infirm to get you off my back Postponing my life, To stave off your attack Fearing there will be no end To each other, we’re condemned Bound together by rings and paper With you as vindicator Another day in this place Another day until I’m erased Another day in this place Another day until I’m erased (Union of despair)
5.
Suffrage and Scourge Lyrics and music by Michael Louis Men become fools for access to the cavity For carnal depravity Men are ghosts in a war Expendable, forgettable, Pawns used to shift the score Knights used, to protect our whores The damsel in distress, seeks only to possess (Here comes the bride, there goes his pride) Yet we seek her approval, nonetheless? To them, empower means devour! To them, empower means devour! (Here comes the bride, there goes his pride) Cavities to penetrate, casualties to subjugate Praise the mother whore! Praise the mother whore! Bred to be subservient (Cavities to penetrate) To the blind and impervious (Casualties to subjugate) The pendulum will swing again, In favor of kings Damsels spread their legs Desperate to seed their eggs Here comes the bride, there goes his pride Cavities to penetrate, casualties to subjugate Nature pits man against man Competing for cunt, time and time again Some primal cause controls our call Primitive drives which cause our fall To them, empower means devour! Why does a man fall so low, To the wretch beneath his feet? The vapid tongues that causes woe, And leaves him in defeat Praise the mother whore!
6.
I’m Alive! Lyrics and music by Michael Louis Something in the air tonight It’s hot, and it’s bleeding Sweat, and adrenaline, The blackest heart beating Dancing to the sounds of death Keeps my fire burning I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! And I’m on fire Bedlam in the club tonight They’re so unsuspecting Blast out the fog to hide, The bones I’m collecting Gotta feed my appetite, Quench my thirst for chaos I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! And I’m on fire This DJ has got to go Double feature horror show The call of a dying crow And it’s time that I let him know Chisel in the bloodstone The night that I took the helm Pandemonium has spread This place is now the devil’s realm! Welcome to the devil’s realm! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! (Welcome to the devil’s realm) I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! I’m Alive! And I’m on fire
7.
Coffee for Two Lyrics and music by Michael Louis He had one month Before deployment to a foreign land But before he flew off, He promised that he’d take her hand in hand They spent that month together Then he was off to a war-torn Middle East She never cried much But she did when she got the news She spent long winter nights Screaming at her god, confused And she sets the pot to brew And she still pours coffee for two She makes his breakfast Like she had every Sunday before She drops his cup As she slipped in all the teardrops on the floor He never cried much But he would, had he got the news Someone to call him father And to one day fill his shoes And she’s tearing through the kitchen Like there’s so much to do She cleans and sets the pot to brew And pours coffee for two She had their son In late May of last year An angel born of a man Who simply knew no fear And she gets help from her family and her friends But once a week she still pretends…
8.
The Tyrannical Young Lyrics and Music by Michael Louis Words freely spoken Stir up raw emotion Create false distress Just another excuse to aggress Don’t say this, don’t say that Or so says the tyrannical young What they fail to understand Is that they’re cutting out their very own tongues The blind and hostile, tyrannical young The mindless and docile, tyrannical young False allegations, animus causation Self-castration, ill-found fixations Red tape, bureaucracy Throw gas onto the fire New age autocracy A grim regime of their desire Don’t say this, don’t say that Or so says the tyrannical young What they fail to understand Is that they’re cutting out their very own tongues The blind and hostile, tyrannical young The mindless and docile, tyrannical young Dangerous reactions To perceived infractions When you anger children You become the villain Red faced, with vitriol Fighting what they don’t comprehend Debate the immaterial To further their fetal trend Don’t say this (so tyrannical) Don’t say that (they don’t comprehend) Don’t say this, don’t say that Or so says the tyrannical young What they fail to understand Is that they’re cutting out their very own tongues The blind and hostile, tyrannical young The mindless and docile, tyrannical young Words freely spoken, stir up raw emotion…
9.
Dire Transgressions Lyrics and music by Michael Louis Here is the sum of all my parts On display, for you to aim at my heart Silence me and tear me down Insist that I’m torn apart I won’t give it all away again, No, I won’t give it all away I won’t let you see behind the mask No, I won’t let you… Claiming me, and framing me The kind of love that feels like theft Shaming me, and blaming me Until there’s nothing but ire left Doors unlock, as your tricks play out I’m Led to believe, That you’re the rain to end this drought Wash it away, drown me in cliché Make me feel like I’m lost within Make me see I’m lost without I won’t see you just one more time No, I won’t see you again I won’t see you, I won’t see you I won’t see you just one more time I can’t subject myself When I can’t trust myself I owe myself too much to beg Shaming me, blaming me Until there’s nothing but ire left Closer now, further now Why can’t you just decide? You chase me down, you break me down This is why we collide No, I won’t see, no I can’t see I won’t see you one more time We turn, we turn We spin inside this circle Until we’re dizzy and drunk again We’re drunk again… You’ve learned, you’ve learned How to make me jump through hurdles Until what life is left freely drains Leave me be, leave me be Release me from the trick of your touch Mystery leads to misery I’ll make this next trip without a crutch And without your touch

about

An Essential Catharsis, the third release, and second full-length album by Chronic Twilight, is set to be released on January 1, 2019 by Wave Records. This is Chronic Twilight’s second release through that label, and the album again highlights Michael Louis as a multi-instrumentalist and Darkwave songwriter.

Vocalist Sam Sharp is welcomed to the fold as lead vocalist on the album’s third track, The Anatomy of Poison. She lends a dreamy, Shoegaze element to the otherwise somber backdrop of the song.

The album’s first single, Mark of Cain, premiered on YouTube on December 8, 2018 as a lyric video. The video’s overt sexual imagery spotlights the song’s BDSM theme and is sure to resonate within the Gothic and S&M subcultures. Darkwave DJs would be amiss to not add this one to their repertoires.

An Essential Catharsis features nine brand new tracks, offering a well-rounded approach to songwriting, and subsequently speaks well to the album’s DIY production. The ballads, Coffee for Two, and Dire Transgressions, are countered with brooding, yet catchy Gothic Rock anthems like I’m Alive, and Rabid.

The album is firstly available as a digital release on Wave Records’ Bandcamp page, with all other major digital music retailers to follow. Physical CD copies can be purchased, as well, through Wave Records.

Don’t miss out on this modern Darkwave masterwork!

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released January 1, 2019

Sam Sharp performs lead vocals on The Anatomy of Poison.
nightjartrills.bandcamp.com
Mixed and Mastered by Kyle Bissell at Drift Loud Audio.
www.driftloudaudio.com

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Chronic Twilight Murfreesboro, Tennessee

No longer a sole project of Michael Louis, Chronic Twilight now welcomes Kyle Andrew on lead vocals.

A new, full-length album, Deadlight, is due to be released 10/8/2021. The album takes new musical twists and turns, with the addition of Andrew. Stick around for more updates and content!
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