AUTARCH - "The Light Escaping" LP


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The Light Escaping is the second LP from Autarch. 6 songs of sci-fi influenced emotive, melodic crust with themes of loss, resilience, and defiance in the face of ascendant fascism.

Co-release with Replenish Records and Plague of Man Records

100 on transparent tan with smoke
200 on black


released October 1, 2019

Guitars, bass, and drums recorded by Kris Hilbert at Legitimate Business.
Vocals and violin recorded by James Pratt and Jason Cronk.
Mixed by Kris Hilbert.
Mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering.
Art by Alex CF


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Track Name: Aldebaran
What is it that draws us towards each other?
Is it the thought of dying alone,
Or do we merely gravitate towards warmth?
Huddled together against the deepening cold,
We shut our eyes to keep out the red light.
The eminent core collapse we will not witness.

Why do we amass in secret silent covenant?
Do we only seek acceptance, a sense of fleeting value,
Or do we gather in this shelter to feel alive
Without the stench of death lurking around every corner?
It still clings to every fiber of our armor,
Every thought polluted by its reek.

Hide in darkness no longer.
Stand and face that crimson dawn.
Turn back the blows we face.
Link arms. Advance as one.
Track Name: Mercury
Pull yourself in and isolate.
You can't hold the truth while you carry the heaviest weight.

Orbiting bodies still have horizons.
You can't see it, but the other side is there.
Follow the curve til you reach perihelion;
What you find there may be the end of you.

Shoot the messenger. Mercury rising.
Solar flare rushes to swallow us all.
Shield your eyes to the oncoming storm,
But every one of us is already gone.

In your life, did you ever foresee yourself
Standing on this shore,
Head in the sand but still convinced
You're breaking new frontiers of light?

Pull us all in and regulate.
"Why won't you help bear the weight of all this?"
You scream as you dig your heels in.

Shoot the messenger.
Mercury Rising.
Track Name: Saturn
Beyond the infinite, my consciousness arrives,
Derived from dust and gas.
Incoherent babbling of cosmic radiation.
Can you feel the asynchronicity?
You can watch it all unravel.

Existence filtered through a grey cloud of matter,
Focused to a point sharp as tungsten.
Dark slate slug plunging through armor ten feet thick.
Implode the contents in blinding white light.

They say Saturn returns to us all,
But it was always there.

Pull down the rings to break the surface.
Track Name: Sol
*For Heather, Anna, Haukur, Orso, and the countless others fallen in the fight against fascism and for the liberation of others.*

Live forever.
“If your heart is free the ground you stand on is liberated territory.
Defend it!”
Your legacy is too bright
To blot out with shadow.
They will try,
But they will fail.
Live forever;
Martyrs do not die.
Track Name: Sagittarius A*
A temple raised to their ghosts.
A temple raised to raze their enemies.
Crowds swell with revelers.
Grounds swell with crushing waters.

Humanity's burden: pay off gods while sinning against them.
Cut their throats on the altar of shame.
Bury the memory of touch.

Metal minds and silicon hearts.
Molded to spec, martyred for peace.

"Seek not your purpose.
Your fate is death."
Track Name: Terra
Swing fast and fell every trunk in sight,
But you'll never force a path.

The ancient spirits of this forest
Await their vengeance.
In your arrogance you forget one thing:
Nature always wins.

The cosmos moves as one.
Numberless tons of matter
Expand and accelerate,
Sweeping everything in its oblivion march.

Your fucking pride will burn
In the celestial furnace.
Gravity and time will break your back,
Like you stomp on your servants,
In time.

We wait, but we do not sit idly.
Your heads will fall as well.

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