An Hour of Light

by Sombre Holiday

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#16 in The TOP 20 Christian Metal & Hard Rock Albums Of 2014:
Melancholic and brooding metal with strong Gothic, doom and progressive overtones....
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"[P]owerfully moody soundscapes from this excellent group that successfully mines the thoughtful melancholy of bands like Katatonia, Porcupine Tree and Riverside but with their own unique spin including great use of violin and acoustic guitars to really add drama to their music. This is one excellent album that gets better with each listen." – ProgMetalZone
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"How many bands can you name that merge such different styles and moods - from the melancholic and disconsolate of Gothic and doom territory to the ethereal and airy hints of the progressive and melodic - and make it work in such a complex but highly logical package? .... Sombre Holiday remains one of the hard music world's best kept secrets that I cannot help but very strongly recommend." – Andrew Rockwell, Angelic Warlord
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53 minutes, 10 tracks.

©2014 Eleventh Hour Entertainment Group, Inc. for the United States and Canada. All rights reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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released April 15, 2014

Produced and Engineered by Sombre Holiday

Terry Friesen:
Guitars, vocals, keyboards
Trevor Friesen:
Drums, percussion

Additional musician:
Isaac Friesen (Violin)
on "The Dangers of Loving a Love Story" and "Ascendance"

All lyrics written by Trevor Friesen
All music written by Terry Friesen
Recorded at Walker Studios, Saskatoon, SK and Take One Studios, Riverbank, CA
Mixed at Take One Studios, Riverbank, California

Band photography by Stevo
John 3:19-21; Psalm 139:7-12; James 1:13-18; Isaiah 1:13-20; 1 John 1:5-2:2

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Track Name: Night Falls
Night Falls

In the dark
The shadows are
Progressing without Apology,
Returning
Without remorse.
They are the devisers,
Invisible to me,
Bringers of pain,

Bringing down the soared

Smoke fills the room…

Night falls again…
Track Name: Transparence
Transparence

It's the silent work I do
While you're still sleeping
Beneath the shadows of moon and night
Too close to tell if you're near tonight
Ever calling
Ever drifting
Ever eclipsing
The silent night

The silent work I do
Sifting through oceans of words, seashores of blue
In search of understanding…
Ever calling
Ever drifting
Ever eclipsing
Thoughts of you

The silent work I do
Perceiving meaning amid the darkness
That you see right through
And when I'm done
Will these tears have brought me nothing?
As I prepare the sword

Ever cleansing
Ever staining
Ever eclipsing
The silent work I do
Track Name: The Dangers of Loving a Love Story
The Dangers of Loving a Love Story


The madness
The meaninglessness
The emptiness

Preborn, 17, 79
It doesn't matter…

You were close to my heart
All along
And now You're gone
Escaping quickly into the night
I wonder, did You ever belong?

I search for You and see so many patterns-
Patterns in Your body-
That look like suffering:
Webs of decay, fires of disease,
Fragrances of death,
And I wonder where You are

Your body is cold
And still

I look for You in patterns:
By morning and by night

How will this end?
How does it end?
Where is Your righteousness and glory?
The dangers of loving a love story:

I open my mouth
And let you speak…
Track Name: Death, My Friend
Death, My Friend
(Memento Mori)

I open my soul
And let you breathe

I open my heart
And let you feel

I open my mouth
And let you speak,
Starving we are…

Welcome death, my friend,
(Here to teach you of the end…)
((Eternally,))

The far-reaching eclipse
That spans the night—
The visions of life blinded from my sight;
The nails on
the fingertips
that grasp eludes;
The word goodbye that your name precludes

"Welcome, my friend."

I close my eyes
And let you see:
Track Name: Night Surrounds
Night Surrounds

The Woman alone
Standing in water
While night surrounds.
The currents pass beneath her dress—
She cradles her love in her arms—

The one that dies,
The one for whom no one cries.

"Let me hold the hand of my love one more night."
"You'll never return the same"
Isn't this the beauty that you bring?
Then, "Let me see the sigh of your grace tonight
Without the complexity of sorrow in between."

A mother alone
Standing in water
While night surrounds.
As currents pass beneath her dress,
She cradles death in her arms

Sin: -it is death in infancy-
: It is death
: It is death preborn
Track Name: The Apology Progression
The Apology Progression
(The Cycle)

i.
The sinner sees her in shadows,
Lurking in the shelters of the night;
The sinner lies to her in sorrow,
Shading every hour of the light.
The sinner shows remorse,
Then returns unto his origin;
The sinner cries in grief,
Shedding tears of salt and blood…
Unholy sinner…

ii.
The sinner waits in shadows,
Biding his time to strike again.
Dying and ever rising,
The sinner will strike again…
…Oh, the sinner!

iii.
The sinner walks with lightness now,
His weariness never coming—never!
However,
The sinner will faint with sadness-
Will fade—
The sinner knows his fate;
The sinner bleeds,
The sinner breeds…
The sinner hides his face;
Oh, the sinner!
…Oh, the sinner!

The sinner is me
Track Name: To Whom We Cry
To Whom We Cry

Your thunder roars
Beneath the starlight,
Across the world,
All eyes are bright

The power of your stars
The power of your might

Displayed:

Your thunder roars
I am the sinner…
I am the sinner…

Replayed:

The danger of loving a love story,
(I confess, it is me)
This truth concealed while it ends in tragedy
Track Name: The Commiseration of Souls
The Commiseration of Souls

Part I: An Hour of Light

The morning brings an hour of light
Bringing down the sword
On all my enemies
The sins of a thousand regenerations
Permanently
Destroyed

And now I see His hands, His feet
His sorrow
His grief
The One Who Lives—
The blood on His brow—
The entire realm of nature
Bows—
Makes an offering
To a soul divine

See His hands, His feet
The One Who Lives
Destroys

Part II: Betrayal

Among the thorns still lie the wicked.
The sinner stalks until defeated;
The prayer to forgive forever repeated;
This prayer like incense will be ever receiv-ed
By the One Who Lives

Among the thorns still lie the wicked
The rose petal betrays its danger with its beauty
Like a love story...

Among the thorns still lie the wicked
The thorns betray the blood they'll spill
The petals caress them close until
They die
Track Name: Inside the Incense Circle
Inside the Incense Circle

Don't trust yourself
Don't trust your religion
Don't trust yourself

Don't trust yourself
Don't trust your religion
Don't trust yourself

The shadows return to the incense circle
Where the Body emits its fragrances
Where we fill the room
To fill the room
With candles and smoke

Except
Our deeds incense
Our "holiness" incenses
Our fragrances incense
The wrath of God

Our deeds incense
Our holiness incenses
Our fragrances incense
The hate of God

Our deeds incense
Our holiness incenses
Our fragrances incense…

(In the name of God)
The truth of man:

Our deeds, in a sense
Show how much we're damned
Our fragrances, innocence,
Must merge with the savior's plan:

The cross
Inside the circle
Track Name: Ascendance
Ascendance

Again,
I cry out to You
Again and again…

Do You tire of me and my weakness?
Will You rescue me,
Will You save me again?

Do You tire of me and my weakness?
Again and again…

I cry out to You

I need to see You.
I need to see You again.
Come and reign

I need to see You.
I need to see You again.
Come and rain…

Spirit, come and rain on me,

Night falls again…