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YAMOZHA II

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This is an alternative version of the Bleeding Raven release "Yamozha". This version has placed the vocal tracks more in the background and with more of an atmospheric effect. It is not tremendously different than the other version but I wanted to have this alternative version. This EP is inspired somewhat by the Dogrib Nation story of “Yamozha” and also other stories from their tradition. “Lost Daughter” is about the sad reality of many young First Nations women who have gone ‘missing’ in Northern/Western Canada and the effort to ‘find them’ hasn’t always been…fervent. A sad chapter in our history. The last song, “Dance of the Wolverine” is the only track that I started from ‘scratch’. The three other tracks were already recorded a few years ago, but without vocals. “Dance of the Wolverine” is sort of a fusion of Black Metal Ambient with a bit of trance. (again, I call it Dungeon Trash Ambient) This track is the real ‘test’ for me as far as capability goes. I will wait and see what people with “good ears” have to say about it. I honestly don’t know.

Just a note regarding the reference to First Nations: I do NOT claim to know all there is to know about their culture. It would be severely lacking in respect to my brothers and sisters of the First Nations for me to claim I am “all knowing” regarding their culture. I am not. But I have a deep respect for them and they in fact inspire me in more ways than one! If you want to learn about some of what this is about, see

www.native-languages.org/dogrib-legends.htm

So, I close with the lyrics from “Dance of the Wolverine”

Love and truth cannot be destroyed
Deceivers and oppressors take heed
The Light pierces through the dark cold sky
Young and old dance with the fire
Peace for all who doubt
Father Death dances with the dawn

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released March 5, 2020

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BLEEDING RAVEN Toronto, Ontario

An experiment initiated by Dean Mason of "Gnostic Gorilla" to explore a more abrasive/aggortech type project. Some of the tracks could be called doom-tech while others almost have a trance feel with some noisecore sentiments here and there. Yeah, it's very noisy and almost disturbing. That was the plan. ... more

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Track Name: DOGRIB
-DOGRIB-

Oh, where come forth thine offspring?
Children born from a fire
Mystical dogs and a Raven’s cry
Young maiden seeks her beloved
A prince from the Northern Shadows

Oh sons, go forth and work the Earth
Wolverine will be your guide
Raven’s wisdom and a purple moon
Oh Mother, we know thy name
Sophia and a scared flame
Track Name: FEAST
FEAST

With their ancestors they celebrate the day
Beyond Golgotha, old death will never stay
Matriarchs pass on their wisdom
Grandchildren peer into a kingdom

Beyond the mask of the finite
A tribe, a people of “Light”
Feast for yesterday’s sorrow
Drink to a new tomorrow
Track Name: LOST DAUGHTER
LOST DAUGHTER

She was honoured for her beauty
Her soul taken by demonic vultures
The Raven calls her name
A fractured soul, an army’s game

Oh daughter, more beautiful than the Northern Sky
We shall never forget you, for you are many
Track Name: DANCE OF THE WOLVERINE
DANCE OF THE WOLVERINE

Love and truth cannot be destroyed
Deceivers and oppressors take heed
The Light pierces through the dark cold sky
Young and old dance with the fire
Peace for all who doubt
Father Death dances with the dawn

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