Tentagram

by Space God Ritual

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A cult of university professors seeking to rebuild the world.
A virgin trapped in their nefarious scheme.
A psychic fighting for his sanity.
A crumbling house harboring an ancient evil.

These are all factors in Space God Ritual's terrifying new album of science fiction and horror. Over the span of ten tracks the listener will be taken on a journey across an alien world, through an ancient and evil house and into the minds of mad men.
All this is set to traditional doom metal that harkens back to the genre's early beginnings with bands like Candlemass, Pentagram, Trouble and of course, Black Sabbath.

"At times, the guitar tones are reminiscent of Victor Griffin’s brilliant axe-wielding in Pentagram. Then there are those wonderful, nasty demented vocals that make you swear Bobby is singing while high on helium. "
-Doomed and Stoned

"...the music and vocals coming together in effective ways, nice garnishes of audio effects, and a fairly stable tone to the tales. Check it out if you've been itching for some doom metal that tells stories, or if you just want it more theatrical than usual, but be ready to play the album at the volume it deserves."
-The Burning Beard

"With nods to classic bands like Candlemass and musicians like Phil Swanson (Briton Rites, Lords of Triumph, Hour of 13), the band adds their own creative nuances that work very well in reshaping the old-school sound."
-Metal Wani

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released April 8, 2016

Brendan Butler- instruments, vocals
Alexander Olaff- vocals

Additional vocals on Prophecy by Sophyra Blackwood
Additional vocals on Return of the Gibbering Thing by Levi Campbell
Additional vocals on Lunacy! by William Ian Black

Produced by Brendan Butler
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at The Book House

Artwork by Brendan Butler
Concept based on a short story by Alexander Olaff

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Space God Ritual Portland, Oregon

Space God Ritual was formed in 2010 and has had a rotation of artists at the helm. The current line up consists of musician Brendan Butler and vocalist Alexander Olaf. These brave souls have faced untold horrors, both eerie and pestilent, barely escaping with their lives. All this to return with their lurid tales. Another grimoire in the Doom Metal genre is about to creak open its binding. ... more

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Track Name: Prophecy
Nine seers
Three eyes
One all-seeings
Two are blind
One brazier smoking
One vision seen
Nine seers dreaming
The prophecy!
Track Name: The Gate
It’s my time I’ve waited so long
Countless years of study, I can’t go wrong
Flip the Lever!

Summon forth the gate
Summon forth the gate
Summon forth the gate

Cosmic skies before my eyes, I’m stunned!
I appear in lands far beyond our sun
Miskatonic fools!

Every one was wrong
Every one was wrong
Every one was wrong

A Prophet of the Gods appeared to me
It whispered in my ear
and spoke a language unknown to me
That I understood

A future of remorse
If I follow this course
I could not comprehend
What the pages told me
Sacrifice!
Oblation
An offering
Shedding humanity
I will loose my soul
With this vestal bloodletting

It’s my time I’ve made up my mind
People die every day, what’s left to say?
Find the woman open up her veins

Let her body drain
Open up her veins
Summon forth the gate
Insanity awaits!
Track Name: Altar Nights
No man has ever touched you
All their lies you’ve seen through
Their traps have bait but you wont bite
You’ll stay pure all of your life

You’re the type of girl
Who’ll make the portal swirl
You’re the type of girl
Who’ll make the cosmos whirl
When I put my dagger in you

All your life you’ve felt the fear
Your mother planted in your ear
Theres only love in Jesus Christ
Protect your heart or pay the price

You’re the type of girl
Who’ll make the portal swirl
You’re the type of girl
Who’ll make the cosmos whirl
When I put my dagger in you

And when I get you alone
Ill read from my tome
Ill have you hypnotized
Now look into my eyes
And then ill lead you astray
To our castle and lock you away
Until your final day
To the gods your life we’ll pay

Now you sit in our dungeon cold
Crumbling, ancient, covered in mold
These shackles keep you chained to stone
You should have listened to what your mother told

You’re the type of girl
Who’ll make the portal swirl
You’re the type of girl
Who’ll make the cosmos whirl

On these altar nights!
Track Name: House of the Breathless
Cold winds blow against the skin of a crumbling house
It's dull eyes gaze eastward
Across leagues of ocean
To where a storm is slowly birthing
Track Name: Lunacy!
She’s the woman of my dreams
I’ve followed her through everything
She’s imprisoned in this place
Within this house dark things i'll face

Wood and stone
Blood and bone
Mind unwound
Dark secrets found

Traverse these floors of creaking doom
What can I see in this room?
A womb of evil I can sense
My mind will be its recompense

Wood and stone
Blood and bone
Pulsing flesh
Screams my death

And from the shadows
My fear is unveiled
The visage of terror brings me
To lunacy’s door!

My feet take flight without my brain
The doctors here think I’m insane
I still see her within my dreams
If only they’d seen what I’ve seen


Wood and stone
Blood and bone
Mind unwound
Dark secret found
Wood and stone
Blood and bone
Pulsing flesh
Screams my death
Track Name: Playing With Darkness
They always think they know
They’ve done their studies
They have the best intentions
To make more money
History will tell their tales
And revere their names
But reality bares its teeth
It will never be this way

Fools
Playing with darkness
Fools
Playing their games
They’re Fools
Tampering with madness
They’re fools
Fate will end their ways

They parade their knowledge
They’ve learned new things
They have every reason
To play fate’s strings
They will cross new thresholds
And blaze new trails
But the futures authors
Will write a different tale

Fools
Playing with darkness
Fools
Playing their games
They’re Fools
Tampering with madness
They’re fools
Fate will end their ways

To accomplish the unspeakable
They must reenact the past
Through the dimmest mists of latter years
They ready to plot their wicked mass

Behold my brothers! The ether gate
For soon, it shall open
Before us, the work of eons is to be accomplished
beneath the shadow of the sleeping stars
in this house of the breathless
Verily I say, our preparations are at an end
Scent of innocence
Glow of candles
Chant with me!

Fools
Playing with darkness
Fools
Playing their games
They’re Fools
Tampering with madness
They’re fools
Fate will end their ways
Track Name: The Slumbering
You don’t need to scream any more
Yes my dear your nearing death door
You’ll be praised for what you do
Your death will make a life renew
Oh yeah!

That which sleeps has slept too long
It’s time to wake so ring the gong
Send this world to hell again
Release it from this plague called man

The time has come
The voices call
Let the gate
Bring forth the gods
You who the sane
Mind abhors
Now you shall slumber
Slumber no more!

They had boasted of a castle, but it had been nothing more than a crumbling victorian affair atop a lonely knoll by the ocean. They took here from the dank, stone walled cellar and up into the altar room where the preparations where arraigned. They sang their hymns and lit their incense unaware that their sacrifice had slowly worked herself free of her bonds.

Do you wish to see what lies beyond?
Close your eyes and pray to God
You seem distraught but do not fret
Your sacrifice, will not be ill met

This is wrong how can it be?
We’ve done all we can, to appease thee
Your supplicants who praise your name
Now flee your shape or else be maimed

The time has come
The voices call
Let the gate
Bring forth the gods
You who the sane
Mind abhors
Now you shall slumber
Slumber no more!
Slumber no more!
Slumber no more!
Track Name: The Return of the Gibbering Thing
From above my cosmic den
I can smell the desires of men
I spread my wings and approach the void
Upon this sacrifice I will engorge
The light that shines from the living realm
Reveals a visage forged in hell
I bask in the glory of the fear I see
Six robed figures bowing down before me

I have returned
Beware
I have returned
Beware
I have returned
Beware
I have returned

I have returned from my carrion pit
I’ll set your world ablaze
And you will never extinguish it!

They lead me to the altar room
My maiden waits her sweet flesh ill consume
Approaching close, all observe my surprise
A meatless altar now awaken my ire
They’ve damned themselves more then they know
Gnashing hunger from my abysmal soul
They cannot know what pain awaits
These incompetent fools have sealed their own fates

I have returned
Beware
I have returned
Beware
I have returned
Beware
I have returned

I have returned from my carrion pit
I’ll set your world ablaze
And you will never extinguish it!

The storm is unleashed as my majesty culls
The fools run about, how they scatter and fall
The screams are sublime as the insects crawl
The sacrifice forgotten I’ll punish them all
This mansions is marked forever cursed
And with my departure my legend is birthed
So do not forget me and always beware
The slithering terror of the gibbering thing!
Track Name: Tentagram
Ia! Ia! Ia! Ia!
She appears through the mist
Before her stand robbed figures
Raising fists they call to her
The prophecy has been for-told
Confused and scared she falls to her knees
A hideous being approaches
Voices raised and faces unveiled
One thousand amphibians scream!

You have come to use our virgin queen
You will rule this world it has been foreseen
Topple all the Gods the prophecy complete
All will know and fear the sigil of your power
The Tentagram!

Across the bogs and plains of bone
The inhuman caravan wanders
They clear the cliffs at the edge of the sea
A fortress city arises
She is taken through the gates
And into the chamber of council
Nine wise beings await to hear of her tail
The legend unfolds and they sing!
You have come to use our virgin queen
You will rule this world it has been foreseen
Topple all the Gods the prophecy complete
All will know and fear the sigil of your power
The Tentagram!

The second moon
Of the dead Gods shall rise
What was undone
Shall once again thrive!

This planet marsh
Will turn to dust
The armies of the white pillar
Will live again
The sun will rise no more
And oceans of blood will flow

Ia! Ia! Ia! Ia!

There is no return from this place
The virgin is set in her fate
Divining rod and blessing of Yog
The cloak and ruby ordained
She wanders out to face the world
That is now her dominion
She raises her staff and the tenagram rises
The shadow of darkness approaches!

You have come to use our virgin queen
You will rule this world it has been foreseen
Topple all the Gods the prophecy complete
All will know and fear the sigil of your power
The Tentagram!
Track Name: Graveyard Earth
The years passed by
And soon it came clear
The end of the human race
Had come near
We fought and fought
There was no stopping it
We made our exodus
On this silver ship

The years passed by
We still found no hope
Through thousands of light years
We continued to roam
And every night
I see her face
The woman i sought
In an alien place

Graveyard Earth
We leave you behind
Our future so dark we must be blind
Graveyard Earth
Be silent and still
We leave our dead and an alien will