Cycle of Survival

by Ovnev

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1.
Arrival An alien landscape No false lights for miles Nature owns this land All I see are mountains On a travel to mend my life Off on the horizon From where the eagles fly Hiking through the brush I come to a clearing A view of unspeakable truth Realization that city life is poisonous I need but one glance To see the message In the distance is the observatory Harvester of images From the source of conscious existence The setting sun floods the sky There is no hope Of ever going back I hereby claim my home Forever
2.
Off on an adventure of extreme proportions The scale of natural consummation indescribable An inner projection to the hills Mental teleportation of esoteric philosophy The mind is inundated with knowledge It knows no boundaries I have become the predator They fall at my will I take them one by one To roast in my coals Pursuit of nature’s nourishment Completes my soul Swift chase Across the forest floor Regain Composure for the war Distinct The scent of fallen flesh Salvage Nutrition I ingest The cook Preparation for the night Stockpiled bodies Sustaining human life Long days Stalking innocent prey Feeling My life with every slay Reverence These woods sustain my bones The Mountain Provides for I’m its own
3.
Traversing forward Drawn by an unseen force Abandoning my shelter The primitive house of leaves Enter a valley The cabin from my dreams Its aged oak sealing The essence of wilderness An ancient stove sits I gaze for a long moment Realization hits me I have not eaten in days The food supply exhausted Not an animal in sight Nod into the void The ones I killed Haunting my dreams Sleeping is torment Price of waking exuberance Spirits of the universe Prophecy of the future
4.
Something must be done I gather the weapons Life must be near A crash at my woodpile Investigating to see A boar staring back at me My final reserves of energy Propel me through the woods Adrenaline flows through my veins Destroy the boar or starve Suddenly it’s snatched Torn to a pulp A wild pack of wolves Have found me in their den Face to face This must be my demise Five wolves stare I accept my only fate As the beasts attack I see my flesh Devoured before my eyes I slowly fade Into the land as a spirit
5.
Spectral vision holds All that ever was here I am now one With the universe The depth of my consciousness fades Across this land I have become the mountain Transcending human form

about

Cycle of Survival is a concept album about a man leaving his shattered life in the city behind and heading to the wilderness to live off the land. After thriving for months and coming across an abandoned cabin to live, some bad decisions are made which lead to his inevitable end. He becomes part of the mountain forever.

The concept was inspired by personal experiences of living in the wilderness for long periods of time. It blends works of fiction and non fiction with the struggles and exhilaration of living in a mountainous forest alone.

"Manages to capture both a sense of sorrowing isolation and panoramic grandeur." -NO CLEAN SINGING

"Cycle of Survival is not without beauty, which mainly shines through in the leads and melodies that accompany the grim distortion and dark screams." -WONDERBOX METAL

"The music captures the theme very well and includes some excellent acoustic packages which bring a somber tone to the more harsh sounding black metal attacks." -ETHEREAL BLACK METAL

"A wonderful piece of atmospheric black metal that actually makes you feel as if you are fighting for survival in a cold unforgiving winter landscape." -THE BLACK DOVE

"Ovnev takes a more calculated approach to its attack, allowing the harsher elements to come back with even more intensity after lulling you into a false sense of security." -TRANSCENDING OBSCURITY

"With embellished harmonies and a mesmerizing sound, this album will really give you another look into black metal as a form of art." -MERCHANTS OF AIR

credits

released November 26, 2016

All composition, recording, mixing and album layout were done from winter of 2015 to summer of 2016 by West.

All album photography was done by West on a solo hiking trip through the rocky mountains of Colorado.

Mastered at Naturmacht Studios by Robert Brockmann.

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