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An Essential Catharsis

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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.
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Mixed and Mastered by Kyle Bissell at Drift Loud Audio.
www.driftloudaudio.com

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Chronic Twilight Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Chronic Twilight is the sole musical vision of multi-instrumentalist, Michael Louis, a Wave Records, Post Gothic Records, and Nowhere Now Records recording artist. The Darkwave recording project is Louis’ all-encompassing embrace of Goth, Punk, and Glam Rock influences.

“London After Midnight meets Christian Death.” - Wave Records
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Track Name: Rabid
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!
Track Name: Mark of Cain
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
Track Name: The Anatomy of Poison (featuring Sam Sharp)
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
Track Name: Union of Despair
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)
Track Name: Suffrage and Scourge
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!
Track Name: I'm Alive!
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
Track Name: Coffee for Two
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…
Track Name: The Tyrannical Young
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…
Track Name: Dire Transgressions
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

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